Plat Book Information

2022-23 Plat Book Now Available!

The 2022-23 edition of the Bayfield County Plat Book is now available. The price for this 189 page booklet is $35. Shipping is available at a cost of $12. Older versions of our plat books are also available for $10 each (years 2002, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2016 available).

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Plat Book Overview

Starting in 2001, Bayfield County began to publish its own plat books. These plat books are unique in that they are digitally produced and contain many improvements over past booklets, including:

  • Accurate assignment of road names and address numbers to reflect Bayfield County’s emergency rural address numbering system
  • Accurate portrayal of parcels based on current parcel mapping records
  • A comprehensive index to parcel ownership based on recent tax information
  • Additional indexes, government directory, and small tract index
  • Greater and more effective use of color
  • More conveniently-sized booklet


The 2022-23 Bayfield County Plat Book includes many enhancements:

  • 11 inches by 10 inches size is smaller and more convenient for travel
  • Updated Bayfield County government directory
  • Incorporated suggested improvements received from past plat book users
  • All parcel owners are in the book (including cities of Bayfield and Washburn in index)
  • 2020 aerial photos with latitude / longitude grid and enhanced color
  • 50-foot interval contour lines, section corner, and survey records
  • Managed forest land and forest crop (open status only)
  • Illustration of all parcels in the unincorporated areas of Bayfield County
  • Myriad of updates to reflect property configuration and ownership
  • Ownership, roadways, lakes, and small tract indexes in the back of the book
  • Road maps for cities of Washburn and Bayfield

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Ordering Information

The current 2022-23 Bayfield County Plat Book is available at a cost of $35. Currently available in person, online, by mail, or through one of our local business distributors.

Older versions of certain plat books are also available for $10 each; years 2006, 2011, 2013, and 2016 are available ($10 plus $12.00 for shipping).

Please note that the Bayfield County Plat Book and Land Atlas is fully protected under U.S. copyright law. Reproduction and/or redistribution of the book or CD version is expressly prohibited, as is the sale of reproductions of images.

Ways to Order

Bayfield County plat books can be ordered by the following methods:

  • Online: Complete the online order form and credit card payment. 
  • By Mail: Print and mail the order form to the Land Records Department, 117 E 5th Street, Washburn, WI 54891; be sure to include check payment. 
  • In Person: Pick up a plat book directly from the Land Records Department in Washburn, WI. Cash, check, or credit card payment methods are accepted.

If you have any questions, please call us at 715-373-3430 or email us.


See the table below for a listing of businesses that also sell Bayfield County plat books at convenient locations throughout the area. Contact the business first to make sure they have enough plat books in stock for purchase. Businesses will be stocked with 2022-2023 plat books starting on Monday, November 27, 2023.

Business NameAddressPhone
Bear Country52150 Wisconsin Ave
Drummond, WI 54832
Cable Area Chamber of Commerce13380 County Hwy M
Cable, WI 54821
Jim’s Bait Store2995 Lake Rd
Barnes, WI 54873
Johnson’s Store8875 State Hwy 13
Port Wing, WI 54865
Midland Brule Store13995 E U.S. Hwy 2
Brule, WI 54820
Midland Iron River Store7990 U.S. Hwy 2
Iron River, WI 54847
O’Brien’s C-Store7755 U.S. Hwy 2
Iron River, WI 54847

Using Plat Books to Research Historic Land Records

Historic plat books are frequently used to research land ownership in a certain decade.  We have a variety of historic plat books available for viewing in-person in the Land Records office. The 1906 plat book has been added as a digital basemap viewable in our  GIS Web Map.

Historic Plat Books Available

Old Plat Books Available for Viewing in Land Records:

To purchase copies of books from 1954-1998, please visit the Rockford Map Publishers website. For copies of books from 2006-2016, contact Bayfield County Land Records.

1930 Wisconsin State Atlas

The 1930's Wisconsin State Atlas is available for purchase by page via the Historic Map Works website. Please follow payment directions to request a copy.