Cloverland, WI

Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin the Town of Cloverland is located in southern central Vilas County and is home to 1,029 people. This rural community is served by a 5 person town board who governs the residents and visitors. The Town of Cloverland has approximately 1800 property owners and we have about 40 miles of roads in this community that sits halfway between St. Germain and Eagle River. The Town Board is always willing to assist residents and visitors with questions, comments, or problems and can be reached on the telephone, through postal mail, and email.

The Town of Cloverland may be a small rural community, but we were the first town in Vilas County to implement a website. This new website marks the anniversary of more than a decade of electronic service to the residents and visitors in this quiet community. The Town Board has made accessibility a priority and will continue to provide the residents and visitors information in electronic format that is available 24 hours a day all year around. Whether you call this lovely community home, when you step outside you will be met with the calls of the hoot owl, loons, and even the lonely song of the wolf regularly whether by starlight or sunlight. Our night skies are filled with the twinkle of dozens of stars, the Milky Way, and (when conditions are right) the Northern Lights. The Town of Cloverland is proud to be a supporter of rural family orientated atmosphere and plenty of recreational opportunities exist to get out and enjoy the County Forest, abundant fresh water clear lakes, and country living.


Perch Lake School Vital to Town’s History

Anyone could argue there are many areas of the Town of Cloverland that could stand out with historical significance, not many would argue that the Perch Lake School holds a special place in history since it was first a public school where the children of Cloverland went to learn to read, write, and do arithmetic. When this job was completed, the Town of Cloverland adopted the building and made it the official Town Hall that was the place for the Town’s business for several years.

While it served as the place for learning, many friendships were made within those walls and on its playground area. But once it began serving as the official Town Hall, many more friendships were made at meetings where the public was always welcomed. Despite its lack of indoor plumbing facilities, the building continued to serve the residents of Cloverland until it became time to either remodel it or construct something new to Perch Lake School Building continue to serve the residents for generations to come.

After researching the feasibility of remodeling the former school building and the cost of making the building comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Plan Commission issued a recommendation to construct a new building and offer the Perch Lake School building to the real estate marketplace. Construction on the new Town Hall began in 2006 and was completed by year’s end which officially retired the Perch Lake School as the Town Hall in January 2007. Since that time, all Town of Cloverland business, including the elections are held in the new Town Hall which is across the street in the same area as the Recycling Center.

Otter Rapids Bridge: A Structure Gone

After decades of providing transportation access to the Otter Rapids Power Generating facility and to other travelers both locals and visitors, the Otter Rapids bridge was removed by the Town Board in 2010 because it had become unsafe for continued use. Testament to its age is the steel side construction that is not common in modern day bridge construction today, but like all things man-made, the bridge was suffering terrible fatigue and its time of use had passed.

Commemorating the structure’s existence and importance to the Town for all those years, the Town Board felt it fitting to bridge standing yet preserve the structure through photographs to show future residents and guests in Cloverland what the structure stood for all those years when daily use of the bridge included school buses traveling across it bringing the Town’s youngsters to and from school.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.2 square miles (91.1 km2), of which, 31.4 square miles (81.3 km2) of it is land and 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2) of it (10.80%) is water.


The population in Cloverland is 1,069. 

There are 35 people per square mile aka population density. 

The median age in Cloverland is 52.3, the US median age is 37.4. 

The number of people per household in Cloverland is 2.1, the US average of people per household is 2.6.

Family in Cloverland 

  • 61.7% are married
  • 8.5% are divorced
  • 19.2% are married with children
  • 14.8% have children, but are single

Race in Cloverland 

  • 90.7% are white
  • 0.0% are black
  • 0.3% are asian
  • 0.0% are native american
  • 0.0% claim Other
  • 9.0% claim Hispanic Ethnicity
  • 0.0% Two or More Races
  • 0.0% Hawaiian, Pacific Islander

In the town, the population was spread out, with 16.8% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 33.2% from 45 to 64, and 24.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,897, and the median income for a family was $41,731. Males had a median income of $30,682 versus $23,882 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,912. About 6.2% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.


Nearest Airport serving Cloverland is Eagle River Union Airport is located in City of Eagle River which is 4.96 miles away.

The typical American commute has been getting longer each year since 2010. The average one-way commute in Cloverland takes 20.8 minutes. That’s shorter than the US average of 26.4 minutes.

How people in Cloverland get to work:

  • 82.6% drive their own car alone
  • 8.4% carpool with others
  • 7.2% work from home
  • 0.0% take mass transit


Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Cloverland: 

  • Northcentral Technical College (about 68 miles; Wausau, WI; Full-time enrollment: 3,356) 
  • Michigan Technological University (about 91 miles; Houghton, MI; FT enrollment: 6,078) 
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (about 99 miles; Stevens Point, WI; FT enrollment: 9,089) 
  • Northern Michigan University (about 104 miles; Marquette, MI; FT enrollment: 8,258) 
  • Mid-State Technical College (about 110 miles; Wisconsin Rapids, WI; FT enrollment: 2,128) 
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (about 116 miles; Green Bay, WI; FT enrollment: 6,069) 
  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (about 121 miles; Green Bay, WI; FT enrollment: 5,415)


Hospitals and medical centers near Cloverland: 

  • EAGLE RIVER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (Hospital, about 6 miles away; EAGLE RIVER, WI) 
  • EAGLE RIVER HLTH CARE CTR (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; EAGLE RIVER, WI) 
  • DR KATE’S WOODLAND MANOR (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; WOODRUFF, WI) 
  • DAVITA – NORTHERN STAR DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, about 16 miles away; WOODRUFF, WI)

Outdoor Points of Intererst

Public Recreation in Cloverland

Several areas exist within the Town of Cloverland for public recreation. These areas are for public use and provide a wide variety of things to do in the Town of Cloverland.

Please do not consume alcohol and operate machinery or drive. Do not litter or vandalize any of the areas or facilities. Take care of them and preserve these opportunities for generations to come.

  • Vilas County Forest and Trails

To get out and enjoy nature whether it be to hike, hunt, or other recreational activities, Vilas County forest has quite a few acres to enjoy either their trails or just the natural surroundings.

  • Lake and River Access

Boating, fishing from a boat or from shore, canoeing, etc. the Town of Cloverland has many public access areas to the lakes and the Wisconsin River. Whether you just want to get out and enjoy the sun or want the peaceful tranquility that comes from drifting lazily on the water, Cloverland has plenty of places to do it.

  • Snowmobiling

It would not be winter in the Northwoods of Wisconsin without miles of groomed snowmobile trails to ride on and enjoy the winter landscape. Ride safe and enjoy our lovely town.

Great Lakes or Chains

Muskellunge Lake. Muskellunge Lake is a 270 acre lake located in Vilas County. It has a maximum depth of 19 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from a public boat landing. Fish include Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye. The lake’s water clarity is low.

Pickerel Lake. Pickerel Lake is a 270 acre lake located in Vilas County. It has a maximum depth of 26 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from a public boat landing. Fish include Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye. The lake’s water clarity is low.

Snipe Lake. Snipe Lake is a 216 acre lake located in Vilas County. It has a maximum depth of 15 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from a public boat landing. Fish include Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass and Walleye. The lake’s water is moderately clear.

Boot Lake. Boot Lake is a 286 acre lake located in Vilas County. It has a maximum depth of 15 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from a public boat landing. Fish include Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye. The lake’s water clarity is low.

Sunset Lake. Sunset Lake is a 207 acre lake located in Vilas County. It has a maximum depth of 30 feet. Fish include Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye. The lake’s water clarity is very clear.

Nelson Lake. Nelson Lake is a 109 acre lake located in Vilas County. It has a maximum depth of 50 feet. Fish include Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass and Walleye.

Art Centers, Community Centers, and ETC

Modern Town Hall

Cloverland Town Hall can accommodate up to 50 people at one time and is perfect for graduation parties, baby showers, birthday celebrations, or organizational meetings.

It has a roomy atmosphere and a fully functional kitchen complete with a stove, refrigerator, and microwave oven. With plenty of counter space and both small and large (30 cups) coffee pots, this building is crying for you to use it soon.

If you don’t require the kitchen and large room, the Town Hall also has a small conference room that is perfect for those meetings for committees or organizations who don’t need a lot of room to get things done.

Residents do not pay any rental fees, but a small damage deposit is required and returned if the building is left clean and in the same condition as when it was before its use.

Non-residents must pay a small rental fee as outlined in the document available for download below. After you download the form, print it, fill it out, and contact the Town Clerk to complete the steps to finalize your reservation of the building. The building is reserved on a first come first served basis and there must be at least 24 hours in between private uses.

PRE-COVID Average Price and POST-COVID Average Price

Pre-Covid Ave Price Sold: $211,555.71

Post-Covid Ave Price Sold: $379,551.56

To find out more about Vilas county and all the wonderful things that the Northwoods has to offer click here.