Welcome to Town of Rice Lake
Barron County, Wisconsin
The Town of Rice Lake is rural in character with a majority of the land devoted to a mixture of agriculture and forests.
Residential and commercial development is located primarily on land with poor agricultural productivity, or is predominantly concentrated near the City of Rice Lake along the STH 48 corridor.
All new developments are planned and sited in order to consider water resources, forests, and productive farmland, and to reinforce the rural character of the Town.
The Town of Rice Lake is a desirable place to live because of its rural character, natural beauty, and proximity to regional employment opportunities.
The community values its proximity to educational centers (schools, colleges, libraries,etc.), recreational amenities, USH 53, and the City of Rice Lake. Local leaders continue to work with adjoining towns, the City of Rice Lake, and Barron County to manage development and the delivery of services for the betterment of the region.
-Source, Town of Rice Lake Comprehensive Plan
TOWN OF RICE LAKE RESIDENTS
DOG LICENSES ARE DUE BY MARCH 31
Pursuant to Wis. Stat. 174.05 and 95.21(2), every person who owns or harbors a DOG in the Town of Rice Lake is required to have your dog vaccinated against rabies and to belicensed. To purchase a license, simply mail in a copy of your dog’s current rabies vaccination certificate and the appropriate fee ($6 for spayed/neutered or $11 for unaltered) to the Town of Rice Lake, 1830 Macauley Ave., Rice Lake, WI 54868 or stop at the Town Municipal Building during office hours (Mon-Wed 8:00 – 2:30 and Thurs. Noon – 4:00). A late fee of $6.00 will also apply after March 31. Failure to license could result in a penalty of up to $500.
Attention Farmers and Agricultural Businesses
Effective January 1, 2015, Wisconsin Act 377 requires a "No Fee Permit" to be obtained for Implements of Husbandry and Ag Commercial Motor Vehicles that exceed weight limit restrictions.
A letter explaining this law in more detail is available here: IoH and Ag CMV Guide Letter 2
To obtain an application for a "No Fee Permit", please click on the "Forms and Permits" tab on the left.
Applications should be mailed to: Town of Rice Lake, 1830 Macauley Ave., Rice Lake, WI 54868.
Spring Road Bans are in Effect
It’s that time of year again, when thawing temperatures and heavy traffic can cause damage to the roads. To prevent excessive damage, each spring gross weight limits are imposed until the frost is out of the ground.
A temporary gross weight limit of six tons on any one axle and 10 tons on any tandem axle less than eight feet apart will be in effect beginning at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The ban will be effective on all Town of Rice Lake roads.
Permits to exceed the weight limit restrictions are available in emergency situations. An application must be submitted to the Town Chairman along with a fee of $15 per vehicle.