Lynne, WI

Lynne is a town in Oneida County, Wisconsin, United States. The unincorporated communities of Clifford and Tripoli are located partially in the town.

The Town of Lynne is located in the southwest corner of Oneida County, bordered to the west by Price County and bordered to the south by Lincoln County. Our eastern neighbor is the Town of Little Rice and our northern neighbor is the Town of Minocqua, both also in Oneida County.

Though more than 80% of the land in Lynne is owned by the county or state, the Town has 80.76 miles of road. All roads in Lynne are Town roads.


The Town’s history includes a period of time where the logging of great white pines was a booming business and Tripoli had much more commerce and infrastructure than today. Logging of other types of wood continues to be popular today.

The McCord Village, an archeological site, is located within the town.

McCord Village, also known as 47ON221, is an archeological site near Lynne, Wisconsin, in Oneida County, Wisconsin. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001 and its boundaries were increased in 2005.

McCord Village is on the Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places, because of its significance as a burial site for the period 1890-1950.

McCord Village is a historic Native American settlement located on the Oneida County Forest. This area was settled sometime around 1890-1900 by Potawatomi, Ojibwe and related Indians and was abandoned around 1950. This area consists of the remnants of dwellings, gardens, dance rings, other associated items, and the highest concentration of maple sap boiling arches in the state. “No management” buffers have been established adjacent to the features of this area to prevent disturbance.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 72.0 square miles (186.5 km2), of which, 70.5 square miles (182.6 km2) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) of it (2.08%) is water.


The population in Lynne is 210. There are 3 people per square mile aka population density. The median age in Lynne is 50.9, the US median age is 37.4. The number of people per household in Lynne is 2.4, the US average of people per household is 2.6.


Family in Lynne

  • 61.7% are married
  • 18.3% are divorced
  • 14.3% are married with children
  • 3.2% have children, but are single

Race in Lynne

  • 92.9% are white
  • 0.0% are black
  • 0.0% are asian
  • 0.0% are native american
  • 0.0% claim Other
  • 0.0% claim Hispanic Ethnicity
  • 7.1% Two or More Races
  • 0.0% Hawaiian, Pacific Islander

In the town, the population was spread out, with 16.7% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 27.1% from 45 to 64, and 25.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 114.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,344, and the median income for a family was $35,000. Males had a median income of $28,333 versus $20,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,430. About 8.9% of families and 17.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.4% of those under the age of eighteen and 3.5% of those 65 or over.


The Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport (KRHI) serves Lynne, the county and surrounding communities with both scheduled commercial jet service and general aviation services.


The Town of Lynne is in the Prentice school district. Prentice Elementary School (1025 Town St, Prentice); and Prentice High School (1025 Town St, Prentice) both serve the Town.

Nicolet Technical College, located in Rhinelander, and the Minocqua Public Library both serve Town residents.

The main form of interaction with both school and college districts are through payment of property taxes, which help to fund both districts’ operations. The Town has little participation in issues pertaining to administration or siting of new facilities. All school and college board meetings are open to the public.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Lynne: 

  • Northcentral Technical College (about 48 miles; Wausau, WI; Full-time enrollment: 3,356) 
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (about 79 miles; Stevens Point, WI; FT enrollment: 9,089) 
  • Mid-State Technical College (about 87 miles; Wisconsin Rapids, WI; FT enrollment: 2,128) 
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (about 95 miles; Eau Claire, WI; FT enrollment: 10,143) 
  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (about 95 miles; Shell Lake, WI; FT enrollment: 2,414) 
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College (about 95 miles; Eau Claire, WI; FT enrollment: 4,038) 
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout (about 109 miles; Menomonie, WI; FT enrollment: 8,120)


The nearest medical facility depends on your location within the Town. Howard Young Medical Center is located in Minocqua; Sacred Heart Hospital is located in Tomahawk; and Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander is also available. These hospitals provide 24-hour emergency service and critical care.

Hospitals and medical centers near Lynne: 

  • SACRED HEART HSPTL Critical Access Hospitals (about 16 miles away; TOMAHAWK, WI) 
  • GOLDEN LIVINGCENTER-RIVERVIEW (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; TOMAHAWK, WI)

Outdoor Points of Interest

The whole Lynne–Little Rice County Forest Block is available for outdoor recreation. ATV and snowmobile routes connect all parts of the Town, and there is a trailer parking area behind the fire hall. The Willow Rapids Picnic Area is a primitive park located on the Willow River at the picnic table symbol on the Community Facilities Map.

The Town’s main strength that may be helpful in attracting or retaining business and industry is the forested lands available for timber harvest and outdoor recreation. Tourism in Lynne includes ATV and snowmobile trail use, hunting, and fishing. Many small businesses depend on this recreation for a large part of their business. The Willow Flowage is also a strength in attracting tourists who wish to recreate on that waterbody.

Great Lakes or Chains

The Town of Lynne is two sections in size and contains a large portion of the Willow River, Muskellunge Lake, Willow Lake, the south half of Pier Lake and the western end of the Willow Flowage as well as several rivers, creeks and streams.

Willow Lake. Willow Lake is a 410 acre lake located in Oneida County. It has a maximum depth of 6 feet. Fish include Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye.

Pier Lake. Pier Lake is a 262 acre lake located in Oneida County. It has a maximum depth of 15 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from a public boat landing. Fish include Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye.

Muskellunge Lake. Muskellunge Lake is a 21 acre lake located in Oneida County. It has a maximum depth of 8 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from a public boat landing. Fish include Panfish, Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike.

Art Centers, Community Centers, and ETC

The local road system is the most significant public facility maintained by the Town and is covered in the Transportation Element. The town hall, fire hall, and town garage are located on Willow and Flowage Roads. The town hall serves as a meeting room available for Town residents use and includes a kitchen and restrooms.

Average Home Price Sold

2018 Ave Price Sold: $117,233.33

2021 Ave Price Sold: $173,750.00

2023 Ave Price Sold: $325,000.00

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