Vilas County Wisconsin
Government Services


P.O. Box 1568
2104 N. Railroad St.
Eagle River, WI. 54521

Office phone: 715-479-4641
Shop phone: 715-479-8969
Fax: 715-479-9162


Highway Commissioner: Jarred Maney

The primary purpose of the Vilas County Highway Department is to maintain 200 miles of County highways and 295 lane miles of State highways year round with some road maintenance also being performed for various townships.

The Vilas County Highway Department is located in three different locations. The main shop and office are located in Eagle River with two satellite shops in Arbor Vitae and Boulder Junction.

Forms available are:

County driveway permit:

Vilas County requires a permit for any new driveway access on all county trunk roads. This permit should be completed and approved before any work is begun. If a culvert is needed, it will be at the owner’s expense. Please submit a completed permit to the address listed for the highway department or fax it to the highway department.

Adopt – A – Highway:

In 1991 Vilas County implemented an Adopt-A-Hwy program for keeping our roadsides clean. This program is limited to not only organizations but individuals and families are welcomed as well. Vilas County will furnish safety signs, vests, garbage bags, a video detailing safety procedures, and signs recognizing you or your group. It is asked that an adopted section of a road be cleaned up a minimum of three times per year. An application form is available for you to complete, however it is strongly recommended that you contact this office first to see what sections of roads are available.

Mail Box Placement:

There is no permit required to install a mailbox however a recommended installation guide is available for your use. Also, we strongly encourage that Diggers Hotline is contacted before any installation begins.

Permit to Work on Highway Right-of-Way:

Vilas County requires a permit for work performed within the highway right- of- way limits of a county trunk. A permit should be completed and returned to the Highway Department for approval before any work is begun.


Vilas County will be enforcing Weight Limits starting on Monday, March 25,2013 at Noon


W - All of CTH W
M - From Hwy 51 to Boulder Junction & 1 mile north
N - From M to Hwy 155
B - From Hwy 45 to S
B - From W to the Michigan State Line
D - From Hwy 70 to Hwy 47
A - All of CTH A
G - From Hwy 45 to the Vilas County Landfill

The axle weight limit is: One axle - 6 ton
Maximum gross weight limit: 18 ton