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Columbia County*

*Including all of the Town of Lodi

Update: Friday, March 20, 2015

Loading county information...No information found at that location. Please tap on a county.Fire Danger: VERY HIGH

Parts of county are not regulated by DNR More InfoThis county contains both DNR Protection Areas AND areas where the DNR does not regulate outdoor burning. It is your responsibility to know where you are burning. If you are not sure where your burn location falls, you must contact the DNR, fire department, town chairperson, or local municipal official for clarification prior to any burning. Burning Permit Restrictions:

Burning is allowed today from 6 pm to midnight ONLY for a covered barrel, debris pile less than 6x6x6 feet in size, and grass or wooded area less than 10 acres WITH A BURNING PERMIT.*

Any burning in excess of this requires a special permit through the local DNR Ranger Station. If your burn will produce significant smoke, please notify your local sheriff's office (608) 742-4166 to prevent unnecessary emergency responses.

*A WI DNR  Annual Burning Permit can be obtained on-line (no fee) on or in-person at the Lodi Town Hall, W10919 County Road V during normal office hours of 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Mondays through Fridays.

April D. Goeske, Clerk-Treasurer*

* & Emergency Fire Warden

Town of Lodi

W10919 County Road V

Lodi, WI 53555

Phone: (608) 592-4868



History of the Town of Lodi

The Town of Lodi is located in the southwestern part of Columbia County, south of Lake Wisconsin. It is north of Dane County, east of the Town of West Point, west of the Town of Arlington, and it surrounds the City of Lodi.

The scenic area had long been a home for Native Americans before the first Euroamerican settlers, Marston and George Bartholomew, staked their claim in March 1845. Fertile soil and the Wisconsin River soon drew others. By 1846 a county government was established which created Pleasant Valley Precinct. Its boundary lines were initially retained when the Town of Lodi was created in January 1849. Within a year it was divided into the current Towns of Lodi and West Point.

The first settler in Okee was Samuel Ring who built the first sawmill there in 1847. The community was originally called Ringsville, but later changed to adopt the Native Americans' name for the creek which flowed through it, now known as Spring Creek. Seth Bailey platted it in 1858 and become co-owner of the local sawmill on the creek's dam with partner Miller Blachley. The lumber business prospered with the river's transport of logs from the northern pineries which were snaked up the creek to their mill.

In 1875 the railroad was built to traverse the town, and it gave rise to new commercial ventures such as the area's first flour and grist mill. The area changed again dramatically after the turn of the century will the construction of a dam on the river at Prairie du Sac. It flooded sections of the town, including the millpond in Okee, and created Lake Wisconsin. Soon, the lakefront communities of Okee and Harmony Grove appeared which, over time, evolved from seasonal cottages to permanent homes.

In the latter part of the century the town experienced much growth and development. It faced the daily challenge of managing it while preserving its valued rural character and protecting its many natural resources, including wetlands, woodlands, creeks, streams, lake and river. The lands characteristics which drew Native Americans to the area for generations continues to appeal to contemporary society.

Census Statistics

The Town of Lodi is located in Columbia County, Wisconsin, United States. The population as of January 1, 2014 is 3,292. The unincorporated communities of Harmony Grove and Okee are located in the town. The Town has the 3rd highest population in Columbia County, and the 2nd highest total assessed value in Columbia County.

Geography: According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 28.9 square miles (74.8 kmē), of which, 27.1 square miles (70.1 kmē) of it is land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 kmē) of it (6.27%) is water.

Demographics: As of the census of 2000, there were 2,882 people, 1,078 households, and 845 families residing in the town. The population density was 103.2 people per square mile. There were 1,285 housing units at an average density of 47.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 98.71% White, 0.14% Black or African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, and 0.47% from two or more races. 0.47% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,078 households out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.7% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.6% were non-families. 16.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 106.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $56,250, and the median income for a family was $60,288. Males had a median income of $39,129 versus $28,203 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,900. About 1.2% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

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