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Spotlight of Calumet County, Wisconsin


Department Name: Planning, Zoning & Land Information


Planning staff is responsible for subdivision development, farmland preservation,

historic preservation planning, trail planning, economic development, housing, tourism

and the development of the county’s land-use plans.



Zoning staff are responsible for administering the zoning code, shorelands, floodplain and sanitation.   


Land Information staff administers the development and maintenance of the county-wide geographic information system (GIS), rural house numbering, parcel mapping, and E911 data. 


Staff Members:


Matthew Payette, Director of Planning, Zoning and Land Information

Andy Hess, GIS Administrator

Ted Rohloff, Code Administrator

Brian Giebel, Code Administrator

Dena Mooney, Planner

Rose Faust, Secretary


County Zoning


Calumet County contains 9 townships, four of which have adopted County zoning, three towns that administer their own zoning, one that is unzoned and one that recently incorporated it's entire township into a village.


What makes Calumet County Unique?


The primary geological feature in Calumet County is the Niagara Escarpment. The entire escarpment runs from eastern Wisconsin to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, though southern Ontario to western New York State, where Niagara Falls cascades over it, giving the escarpment its name.


Calumet County is located on the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago, which is the state’s largest inland lake (137,000 acres). 


Calumet County is coined the Supper Club Capital of the Midwest 


Tips of where you’d personally suggest people to visit or do in Calumet County?


Lake Winnebago – Access the lake from the harbor in Brothertown, Stockbridge or Calumet County Park.  Each harbor offers an improved boat launch, plenty of parking and restroom facilities. Lake Winnebago offers an awesome walleye fishery.  Perch, white bass and sheep head are also abundant.  In winter, ice fishing and surgeon spearing are popular.


Nature Centers – The Ledgeview Nature Center and Brillion Wildlife Area provide hiking trails, a nature center with interactive exhibits, an observation tower and marsh platform to view wildlife, cave tours, and maple syrup weekends.  In winter, cross-country skiing trails and snowshoe rental are available. 


Camping - High Cliff State Park and Calumet County Park both provide an opportunity to camp on the shores of Lake Winnebago or on a site overlooking the Lake.  Besides camping, trails are available for hiking, biking and horseback riding, an observation tower, playground equipment, picnic areas and winter tubing.  The Lakeview Campground (privately owned) provides a view of the lake, pub & grill, heated pool, mini golf, volley ball, basketball, shuffle board and an arcade room.


Agricultural activities – Heritage Orchard, Meuer Farm, Mulberry Lane Farm, Polly’s Pumpkin Patch – Pick your own apples and pumpkins, enjoy caramel apples, apple cider and donuts, hay wagon rides, watch how maple syrup is made, pick your own strawberries, get lost in a corn maze, milk a cow, or pet baby farm animals.


Visit for a complete list of activities, parks, recreation, dining, camping and lodging.


Submitted by

Brian Giebel
Planning, Zoning & Land Information Department
Calumet County, WI

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