Lincoln, WI

The Town of Lincoln is located in Vilas County, Wisconsin.  


On May 12, 1914, the town of Lincoln was created from territory detached from the town of Eagle River.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 37.2 square miles (96.2 km2), of which, 32.6 square miles (84.3 km2) of it is land and 4.6 square miles (11.9 km2) of it (12.38%) is water. The Wisconsin River and the Eagle River flow through the town.


The population in Lincoln is 2,534. There are 80 people per square mile aka population density. The median age in Lincoln is 51.7, the US median age is 37.4. The number of people per household in Lincoln is 1.9, the US average of people per household is 2.6.

Family in Lincoln 

  • 59.8% are married
  • 12.8% are divorced
  • 21.6% are married with children
  • 8.5% have children, but are single

Race in Lincoln 

  • 98.5% are white
  • 0.0% are black
  • 0.0% are asian
  • 0.0% are native american
  • 0.0% claim Other
  • 0.4% claim Hispanic Ethnicity
  • 1.0% Two or More Races
  • 0.0% Hawaiian, Pacific Islander

In the town, the population was spread out, with 20.3% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 28.9% from 45 to 64, and 21.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $39,196, and the median income for a family was $45,552. Males had a median income of $30,473 versus $21,581 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,579. About 4.2% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.1% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.


Lincoln is served by the Eagle River Union Airport (KEGV), which serves as a landing spot for seasonal home owners. The airport handles approximately 12,000 operations per year, with roughly 87% general aviation and 13% air taxi. The airport has a 5,000-ft asphalt primary runway with approved LOC/DME and GPS approaches (Runway 4-22), a 3,400-ft asphalt crosswind runway (Runway 13-31) and a helipad. The nearest commercial airport is located in Rhinelander, WI.


The Town of Lincoln is part of the Northland Pines School District, which is based in Eagle River. The school district serves the Towns of Cloverland, Conover, Land O’ Lakes, Lincoln, Plum Lake, St. Germain, Washington, and the City of Eagle River in Vilas County, as well as a small portion of the Town of Newbold in Oneida County. The school district covers 474 square miles and has an enrollment of approximately 1,400 students. The school district includes four buildings/8 schools. There are 4 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 2 high schools in the district.


Hospitals and medical centers near Lincoln: 

  • EAGLE RIVER HLTH CARE CTR (Nursing Home, about 1 miles away; EAGLE RIVER, WI)
  • EAGLE RIVER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (Hospital, about 2 miles away; EAGLE RIVER, WI)

Aspirus Eagle River Hospital is a 14 bed critical access hospital in Eagle River. There are 3 primary care physicians per 100,000 population in Eagle River compared to the statewide average of 75.6. The area is located in both a mental health and primary care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) qualifying Eagle River as a medical desert.

Outdoor Points of Intererst

Living in Lincoln offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Lincoln there are a lot of bars, restaurants, and parks. Many retirees live in Lincoln and residents tend to be conservative. 

Outdoor Attractions

In the Lincoln area you will find yourself surrounded by awe-inspiring nature including all of the critters who roam the woods Up North. Go exploring in the National Forests, or take a short trip north to Bond Falls; or jump on your bike and go south on the Three Eagle Trail to take in a winery tour and dining in Three Lakes. We’re in the center of all the Northwoods, but Conover, Land O’ Lakes, Phelps, St. Germain and Three Lakes are just a couple miles away for a short day trip.

Outdoor recreation is abundant in this scenic Wisconsin region, with opportunities ranging from water sports, hiking, biking and wilderness tours to horseback riding and winter activities such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Sometimes the whole family needs a place to cut loose and stretch out their legs. Our little slice of heaven is bound to have exactly the space you need, from the tree tops to the track to the golf course.

The kids can do their best Tarzan and Jane impression while zipping from tree to tree with Northwoods Zipline Adventure Tours. The attraction includes ground activities, too, like ATV tours, as well as water fun, with kayak river tours. Whether it’s a canoe, kayak, or even a tube, the Wisconsin River is fun to float down. And Hawk’s Nest Outfitters has the water vessel for you and your family.

Looking to push the pedal to the metal? Elmer’s Fun Park and Kartway have options that range from go-karts to bumper cars (and boats!) to mini-golf. Eagle Falls Adventure Golf & Laser Tag brings a beautifully landscaped 18-hole mini-golf course to the table and a multi-level laser tag arena.

The avid golfer in the family will want to check out Eagle River Golf Course. It won’t be long before the entire family wants to join in after they take some pro lessons on the practice greens and driving range with target flags.

Great Lakes or Chains

The Wisconsin River and the Eagle River flow through the town.

The Eagle River Chain of Lakes in far northeastern Wisconsin is known to fishermen as prime Musky water, but the lakes are also a prime vacation destination for the entire family. The Eagle River Chain includes nine lakes that span 3,928 acres with 68 miles of shoreline: Catfish Lake, Voyageur Lake, Eagle Lake, Scattering Rice Lake, Otter Lake, Lynx Lake, Duck Lake, Yellow Birch Lake, and nearby Watersmeet Lake. The chain, although partly natural lakes, is created and deepened by the Otter Rapids Hydroelectric Dam at the end of Watersmeet Lake.

Catfish Lake. Catfish Lake is part of the Eagle River Chain of Lakes. The lake totals 1,012 acres and has a maximum depth of 30 feet. Catfish Lake is known as one of the better lakes on the chain for walleye and muskie. Smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and northern pike are considered present. Panfish anglers can target crappie, perch, rock bass and bluegill.

Eagle Lake. Eagle Lake is one of the better lakes on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes. The lake totals 572 acres and has a maximum depth of 34 feet. This lake offers anglers a better chance of catching a trophy-sized walleye or muskie. There are also good numbers of walleye and muskie in this lake.

Otter Lake. Otter Lake is part of the Eagle River Chain of Lakes. The lake totals 174 acres and has a maximum depth of 30 feet. Otter Lake gets a lot of boat traffic, which can make fishing frustrating at times, but the lake usually is a productive walleye and muskie lake.  

Lynx Lake. Lynx Lake is a very small lake on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes. The lake totals 31 acres and has a maximum depth of 20 feet. This lake gets quite a bit of boat traffic during the summer, as boaters move around to some of the bigger lakes on the chain. This lake can be hit or miss because of its size, but walleye and muskie are common here.  

Duck Lake. Duck Lake is a smaller lake on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes. The lake totals 108 acres and has a maximum depth of 20 feet. This lake gets quite a bit of boat traffic during the summer, which makes fishing the deep hole quite difficult at times. There are good numbers of walleye and muskie in this lake, but it’s a tough lake to fish if you’re looking for trophy fish.

Yellow Birch Lake. Yellow Birch Lake is a small lake that is a part of the Eagle River Chain of Lakes. The lake totals 202 acres and has a maximum depth of 23 feet.  Like other lakes on the chain, you can expect to find good fishing for walleye and muskie.  

Dollar Lake. Dollar Lake is a 107 acre lake located in Vilas County. It has a maximum depth of 15 feet. Fish include Panfish, Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike.

Spring Lake. Spring Lake is a 207 acre lake located in Vilas County. It has a maximum depth of 12 feet. Fish include Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye.

ARt Centers, Community Centers, and ETC

The Lincoln Town Hall is located at 1205 Sundstein Road, Eagle River, WI 54521.

If you need a break from all the fresh air up here and want a good book, go check out the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library or wander around the Trees For Tomorrow. Other notable activities to experience include the Eagle River Historical Society Museum, Northwoods Children’s Museum, Headwaters Council for the Performing Arts, or the Warehouse Arts Center.


Pre-Covid Ave Price Sold: $244,274.77

Post-Covid Ave Price Sold: $372,729.39

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