Welcome to Rusk County

Take a hike in the Blue Hills: you'll enjoy the Perch Lake Nature Trail, the Ice-Age Trail or the hardwood trails. A forested, glaciated area, waterfalls are hidden in the woods, and deer inhabit the area. Take a boat ride on any of our clean, clear lakes. Get the fishing tackle out: bass, panfish, walleye, musky, northern, or bullheads are waiting to bite. Good trout fishing is to be had in well-stocked streams. Picnic at Memorial Park or O.J. Falge Park in Ladysmith, or enjoy the county and city parks at Bruce, Hawkins, Sheldon, Perch Lake, Audie Lake or Josie Creek. Swimming, boat ramps, barbecue grills, tennis, volleyball, horseshoe, golf and baseball games are available. Whitewater canoeing is a great sport on the Flambeau River, while the Chippewa provides a quieter ride with beautiful scenery - again, the Rusk County fishing is great! Hundreds of miles of snowmobile and cross country ski trails criss-cross the county, and an excellent ski hill offers the highest vertical run in the north.

Rusk County, WI Tourism

Rusk County Development
Aging and Disability Resource Center
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Rusk County Job Opportunities

Rusk County Job Opportunities

Rusk County is accepting applications and resumes for a full-time Public Health Nurse in our Health & Human Services Department with assignment in Public Health. Read More….

Public Health Nurse Job Description

Rusk County is an equal opportunity employer.

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Tornado 2017 – Information & Updates

This is the official page Rusk County page for information and resources relative to the May 16, 2017 tornado.  You will find updates on assessment and recovery work, along with notices of assistance that may be available to those affected.  

Recovery efforts continue in Rusk County as a result of a tornado and storms on May 16-17. Clean-up and rebuilding efforts have been slowed by weather, insurance issues, and limited access to contractors. Those seeking assistance in recovery from the May 16-17 tornado and storms, still have the opportunity to access financial programs. These are outlined below.
The Donation Center in Barron County will be closing on July 29th. Rusk County residents affected by the storm can visit the center and receive assistance free of charge. SBA financial assistance is now available with an August 11th deadline to file applications.
The Northwest Regional Planning Commission in Spooner has received funds from the Wisconsin Department of Administration to make available to Rusk County homeowners and businesses. These funds could be in the form of grants or low-interest loans depending on need.

The 2-1-1 line utilization has been phased out.  Those interested in volunteering or in need of assistance should now call (715) 532-2121.

Any residents in need of volunteer assistance to clear debris from the recent storm damage should call 715.532.2121. They will need a name, phone number, and location.

Any storm impacted resident in need of general recovery assistance can also call 715.532.2121, and a County official will follow-up with you.

Media Releases/Updates

Recovery Resources Update – July 17, 2017

SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center Opening – June 13, 2017

Emergency Management – June 2, 2017

Emergency Management – May 22, 2017


  • The Donation Center in Barron County will be closing on July 29th. It is available to provide Rusk County storm-affected residents with needed items (clothing, food, toiletries, furniture, cleaning supplies, pet supplies, and more):
    • Located at the Warehouse next to the former ReStore Building in Cameron, 309 N 1st Street, Cameron, WI 54822. (715) 790-4308 for more info.
    • The Donation Center will operate until July 29:
       Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays: CLOSED
       Tuesdays & Thursdays: Open 2pm – 7pm
       Wednesdays, Fridays: Open 10am – 5pm 
       Changes to the dates/times of operation will be posted on the Living Water Lutheran Church Facebook Page. For questions regarding the Donation Center please send a private Facebook message to Living Water Lutheran Church.
  • Housing Grant Funds Availalbe – Rusk County   
    Owner-occupied households impacted by the storm may be eligible for grant funds, made available through the State of Wisconsin, to make necessary repairs or pay for required insurance deductibles. Homeowners whose homes were totaled by the storm may be eligible for a 5 year forgivable loan to assist in the home replacement. Homeowners who have already made improvements to their home may be eligible for reimbursement of costs. Businesses that sustained damaged may be eligible for loan financing through a business loan fund targeted to assist businesses with necessary financing. Owner-occupied households and businesses needing financial assistance to make repairs or rebuild due to the storms impact should contact Kim Gifford at Northwest Regional Planning Commission at 715-635-2197. The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority has provided short-term housing assistance for families displaced from their home due to the storm. Persons needing reimbursement or financial assistance in short-term housing should contact Mariann Jones at 715-635-2197.
  • Residents and businesses affected can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Application deadline is August 11:
    • Loan applications can be completed online at: 
    • Individuals and businesses may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955.
    •  Community members who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call 1-800-877- 8339 or email
  • WHEDA Natural Disaster Grant release - Emergency Assistance
  • Emergency Assistance through Workforce Resource - primarily for families with Children
  • Those in the agricultural community with damage and in need of assistance should be in contact with local Farm Service Agency/USDA office to see if assistance is available to them. Ladysmith (715) 532-3786 or Barron (715) 537-5645. For damage to conservation structure or fencing also contact Rusk County Land & Water Conservation at (715) 532-2162.
  • If you have been affected and have immediate needs and have not already been in contact with the Red Cross their contact number is 715-559-7365.

Anyone in the need of clothing, food, bedding or household furniture should contact:
o ICAA Connections Store in Ladysmith 715.532.7542
o The Salvation Army is also available to provide assistance at 715.403.1285
For assistance or concerns with insurance, contact the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) at 1-800-236-8517 or at

  • Rusk County Health and Human Services may be available to assist residents within their regular scope of programs, or can direct you to other assistance. (715) 532-2299

Other Notices

WI DNR Storm Demolition Debris Management Information – Rusk, Barron & Polk Counties

Demolition Debris Management
Additional Demolition Debris Management

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WI DNR Storm Demolition Debris Management Information – Rusk, Barron & Polk Counties

WI DNR Storm Demolition Debris Management Information – Rusk, Barron & Polk Counties

Demolition Debris Management Information

Additional Demolition Debris Management Information

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Rusk County EMS Sustainability Assessment – SafeTech Solutions – May 2017

Rusk County EMS Sustainability Assessment by SafeTech Solutions – May 2017

Rusk County WI Presentation

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2017 Tree Sale

It’s that time of year again!  We are selling trees through Rusk County Land Conservation.  This year, we have a couple of different varieties of Plum Trees and Apple Trees.  Please fill out the form and mail it back to us along with a check written out to Rusk County Land Conservation.  An email will be sent to you when they will need to be picked up at the Rusk County Fairgrounds.  This should be sometime near the end of April or beginning of May.

The 2017 Rusk County Tree Sale has begun.  Here is the current list of available trees:  2017 Tree Sale Brochure

Tree Presentation 2017

If you would like to purchase any tree or have any questions/comments regarding our tree sale, please contact Colleen Schott at 715-532-2162.

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2017 Rusk County Final Approved Budget

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2016/2017 Energy Assistance Information

Click the link below to download your checklist and application.

2017 Home Energy Checklist and 2017 WHEAP Application

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Rusk County Direct Land Sale List

Visit the Rusk County’s Land Sale page for complete information on available properties.

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NEW 2015-16 Rusk County Directories

The new 2015-2016 Rusk County Directories are now available for purchase in the County Clerk’s Office for $2.


NWRPC – Housing Funds Available

Clicks the links below for information about Housing Assistance Funds in Rusk County:

Information Sheet for Regional Housing.pdf