Oct 07, 2014
TOWN OF WINCHESTER NOTICE FOR BIDS The Town of Winchester is requesting bids to construct...[Click for more]

Jun 10, 2014
REQUEST FOR BIDS TOWN OF WINCHESTER VILAS COUNTY The Town of Winchester, Vilas County...[Click for more]


Halloween Trick or Treating

Trick or Treating in Winchester will be from 4:00pm-6:00pm Friday, October 31, 2014

Winchester Lions Tailgate Party 2014

Thanks for your support!!

Enjoy the 2014 fall colors by local resident, Dave Peters!

                          Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Photo slideshow made with Smilebox

Winchester Library Restoration Progress (10/13/2014)

Volunteers removing the siding

New windows have been installed

Rick Clem is the Project Manager, so all questions should be directed to him at 715-543-2094.  The project continues to be on track, with carpeting and tiles to be removed within the next week.  The contractor is pleased to report; everything is going as planned so far.


  • Library phone lines have now been moved to the Town Hall.
  • High speed Internet is now available in the Town Hall parking lot when the Satellite Library is closed.
  • On Wednesday, September 24, 2014, the Winchester Library Board approved monies for new shelving in the Winchester Library.  Restoration of the former Winchester School building, which now houses the Library and Community Room has begun, and is planned to be completed in early 2015.  “With renovation underway, the Board felt that new furniture would make the library a centerpiece for the town”, said Board President Tom Brogleman.  “We are working closely with the Historical Committee on this purchase to insure we are keeping with the overall renovation design plan.  The Library Board feels the residents will be very proud of the Library when it is completed”.  The money for the shelving will come from donations, the Library Board Trustee Fund, and the Library Operating Account.
  • As of October 6, 2014 limited library services will be at the Town Hall.  Cyndi will assist with getting books through inter library's loans. This way patrons can pick up their requests during our open hours. They can return during open hours, Monday, Thursday, and Saturday 10 - 1. We can also assist with E books and teach options.  High speed Internet will be available for patrons using their own laptops, tablets, or smart phones.  A printer/copier will also be available. 
  • Looking for a DVD to watch?  Go to for a complete list of DVD's that are available.  Contact the library during the hours listed above.   
  • Any materials that have been checked out from the Winchester Library can be returned to any Northern Waters Library (Boulder Junction, Mercer, Presque Isle, or Manitowish Waters).  If you have questions, please call 715-686-2926, and leave a message.  The voice mail will be checked and messages will be returned.  Thanks again, to all who have made this project possible!

New Internet Service Coming to Winchester

In the near future, the Town of Winchester will have another option for Internet service.   SonicNet. will be providing this service with a new tower on one of the highest spots in town.  If you have questions about cost, which plan is best for you, or the schedule of the new tower, you can contact them at: 


 Welcome to the Town of Winchester, Wisconsin -- "The Real Northwoods!"

Winchester is located in the northwest corner of Vilas County, bounded by Michigan's Upper Peninsula to the north, Iron County to the west, the town of Presque Isle to the east and the town of Manitowish Waters to the south. 

Winchester covers over 34,000 acres and is covered by lakes, with 34 named and 29 unnamed. Almost 80% of the town's area is wooded, and we have more than 6,000 acres of public land as part of the Northern-Highland American Legion State Forest. 

Winchester is a small community most of the year, with approximately 400-500 permanent residents (estimated in the year 2012). Like many towns in the Northwoods, we have a larger summer population, with approximately 3000 seasonal residents. Our area is perfect for summer activities like fishing, boating and hiking. Winter sports such as skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing are also popular.

Please see our Notices section for current news. See AIS Warnings. 



Items that may need correction within the website....please contact the Town Clerk via email: 


Questions? Direct them to the Town Office via Email:  or call





 ??TownTAAWTown Hall Office Hours: 
Tuesday 8 am-2 pm

Town Hall Phone #
(715) 686-2123

Website Contact
Phone:  715-686-2996

Transfer Station

A new trash compactor has been installed at the Transfer Station.  Recycle Bins in the parking lot will no longer be used.  All recyclables should be placed in the new compactor inside the building.  Please remember, no plastic bags in the conpactor.  If you have questions, please talk with Donnie at 715-686-7500.  Also, remember these are the official hours:

Monday 9-4
Thursday 9-4
Saturday 9-4
Sunday 9-1
These are the only hours materials can be dropped off!


Building Permits

Building permits are required in the Town of Winchester.  Please contact RC Inspection Agency. Tel. (715) 543-2094 Rick Clem.  The UDC Ordinance is on the Ordinances tab on the bottom left side of this Home Page.

Do You Need a Street Address/Fire Number?

The town of Winchester does not issue street addresses. If you need an address, also called a "fire number", contact Becky Nordine at Vilas County Mapping. Phone # 715 479 3655.

They will assign the address and notify the town. The town will provide the sign and post, but only orders them when we qualify for bulk prices. You are free to put up a temporary sign with your number on it in the meantime.  If you have questions contact Tom Ghiloni at 715 686 2580.


New Video

A new menu item has been added on the left.  Local resident, Dave Peters, made this video from his pictures he took while kayaking on Rock Lake.  Thanks Dave for your wonderful work!  Check this out, and enjoy great scenes from his kayak.