County Surveyor

SURVEY RECORDS:
Survey records on file with the county surveyor may be viewed in person during normal office hours or on our GIS website (leaving this Barron Co site).

Instructions are as follows:

  • From the disclaimer page, agree to the terms.
  • Along the top of the map, select the DEPT MAPS tab.
  • Along the left side, open the SURVEY DOCUMENT SEARCH section.
  • Enter your search criteria and click SEARCH. Results will appear along the bottom.
  • Double click on the image you are interested in looking at to open your default viewer.

Hint: A Town - Range - Section search will yield the best results. Use the pulldown menus next to the T R S for this.

If you are just looking for a specific tie sheet and know the corner number, you may use the TIE SHEET SEARCH section along the left side.

Note: CSM, plat, and condominium (recorded) information is not included with the GIS survey records. The Excel spreadsheet attachments at the bottom of this page are a snapshot of that information. If you do not have Excel, a link to a downloadable viewer is available on the main FAQ section (on the left side of this window).

FAQs:

  • Can the county surveyor find my lot lines? The County Surveyor cannot survey for private parties. He only does field work for County projects. A list of private land surveyors can be found in your local yellow pages.
  • Doesn't every lot have to be surveyed? Historically, a great number of parcels in the county were created by written legal description and not by field survey.  Therefore it is likely that there are no physical markers in the ground to show lot corners.  Surveys are now required for certain new land divisions as determined by municipal or county rules/ordinances.
  • What marks the corners of my lot? If your parcel has indeed been surveyed (see above), it is likely that the lot corners are marked with an iron rebar or metal pipe. However, many other different objects have been used. The drawing on your survey map should indicate the type of monument set.  Most often the monument will be set below the surface to help avoid disturbance. 
  • What are those signs that say 'County Survey Monument Nearby' on them? Small rectangular white signs are placed on metal posts near ties to government section corners. They are not marking the corner itself, but are placed around the corner in order to preserve its location. Please do not disturb or remove these markers!
  • Who is surveying at my neighbor's house? What if I don't agree with the surveyor's work? There are many private licensed land surveyors who work in the county.  They are independent, do not work for the county, and are not supervised/approved by the county. The county cannot determine 'who is right' in a property line dispute. 
  • I have a GPS. Can't I just go find my lot corners with that? County parcel mapping and/or coordinates obtained from it are not to be used for surveying. Land surveyors follow specific rules and use legal descriptions and known points for their work.

Links: (all open in new window)

Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors 
Bureau of Land Management
National Geodetic Survey
WI Public Land Survey Records