St Germain



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Surrounded by 1300 lakes, the Chequamegon National Forest, the Nicolet National Forest, the Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest, the Oneida County and Vilas County Forest; St. Germain is in the heart of the Wisconsin Northwoods.

This flourishing community is a short scenic drive away from 16 golf courses, pristine lakes, museums, horseback riding and so much more.

Sporting, adventures, activities, dining or just relaxing, enjoy it all with an exceptionally beautiful landscape as a backdrop.

Location

The land area of Saint Germain is 34.0 square miles in Vilas County. Latitude: 45.93 N, Longitude: 89.49 W. It is 121.3 miles N.W. of Green Bay WI and 296.8 miles N. of Chicago, IL. The nearest city to St. Germain with a population of 200,000+ is St. Paul, MN which is 188.5 miles S.W.

History

Tracing back to the 17th century, the traders in this area were regulated by the French Government. By the 1800s the name St. Germain has appeared many times in records as leaders among the Chippewa. Even though there wasn't a Chief St. Germaine, there is a Chief St. Germaine statue which honors not only the many French Indian families who had this name but it also commemorates all Indians who lived and hunted in the area. The first settlers were loggers, trappers and millers. In 1907 the town was established as the Town of Farmington. It was expected that farming would flourish with the decline of logging however due to the short growing season those expectations were not reasonable. Good fishing, better roads and of course the spectacular scenery attracted tourists and the name of the town was changed to Lakewood but on June 20th, 1930 it was changed to St. Germain.

Fun Facts

Elevation: 1630 ft.

Population: 1,821 (as of 2009)

The annual snowfall for the Saint Germain area will range from 63 to 104 inches.

Helpful Links:
Town of St Germain Municipal Web Site
St Germain, Wisconsin information courtesy: Wikipedia

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