Land Surveying

The County Surveyor is responsible for the county’s remonumentation and maintenance of section corners in the Public Land Survey System (PLSS) as well as maintaining survey records and reviewing Certified Survey Maps.

Information for Land Owners

List of Surveyors

View the List of Surveyors (PDF) to contact a private surveyor in our area. Please note that this is not a complete listing of licensed surveyors or any recommendation of a specific firm or individual.

Information for Surveyors

Latest Corner Information

Corner records or tie sheets are also available in the GIS Web Map by clicking on the "Corner Tie Sheets" symbol and viewing the link in the pop-up box. The latest records are listed below for quick access:

Digital CSM & Plat Review Process

We will be conducting the Certified Survey Map (CSM) and plat reviews digitally and ask that surveyors please follow our digital review process for the quickest review process:

    • Complete the Bayfield County CSM & Plat Review Process Form.
    • Attach survey map and related documents in the form. Alternatively, these documents can be submitted via Email. Related documents may include: surveyor’s checklist, lot division application, corner records, etc. See full list of Survey Form documents below.
    • Submit payment online via PayPal. View the Survey Review Fee Schedule.
    • Check payments can also be mailed to Bayfield County Land Records; please note that review will not begin until payment is received. If mailing review fee , make check payable to "Bayfield County Land Records."
    • Review is done by the County Surveyor, Zoning Administrator, and Real Property Lister. Review progress can be tracked with the CSM Review Status Dashboard.
    • Surveyors may receive feedback and corrections via email during the review process. Please Email corrected surveys back to Bayfield County.
    • Once all corrections are made and the survey has been reviewed and approved, surveyors will be notified by email that the review is complete. Please only submit a hard copy survey after the digital copy survey has been approved. This allows for the most efficient review process.
    • After the review process, surveyors can record a final survey by mailing a hard copy on approved paper to Bayfield County Land Records (address listed below).
    • Include check payment for the $30 recording fee and make check payable to "Bayfield County Register of Deeds." Please make sure all signatures and stamps are completed before mailing the survey.
    • Once the survey is received in the Land Records office, it will be held until the Zoning Administrator can add a signature, then it will be delivered to the Register of Deeds office along with the recording fee check.

Bayfield County Land Records, 117 E 5th Street, P.O. Box 878, Washburn, WI 54891

Survey Forms

Request Remonumentation Equipment

Bayfield County Land Records has equipment available for section corner remonumentation:

Geodetic Control

This section provides information on surveying in Wisconsin primarily as related to mapping. From here you have access to applications for statewide geodetic control stations and Public Land Survey System corners (PLSS), and CORS data for Wisconsin (including links to the WISCRS). Users can also obtain information pertaining to the Wisconsin Height Modernization Program (HMP), which improves the density of geodetic control stations listed in the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) with accurate orthometric heights (elevations) throughout the state. In addition, our resource links provide quick access to a variety of survey-related topics.

NGS Data Explorer

The National Geodetic Survey Data Explorer is an interactive map to find control points.

Other Survey Links

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Expansion of Moore Rd

Moore Road in Barnes was expanded and we didn't want to lose any section corner monuments due to the construction. This meant working in the field, finding the reference pipe, using a metal detector to locate the corner, and then using GPS to mark the location so we can locate it again in the future.