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Map demystifies Green Bay area locations

Do you need to locate property in Brown County, Wisconsin, along the Fox River? Do you have trouble determining what locational system to use? You're not alone. Many customers of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS), particularly those ordering well construction reports, have found the locational systems used in this area to be confusing.

That’s because the Public Land Survey System (PLSS, the familiar township, range, and section system) is not used there; the area was surveyed before the PLSS and never resurveyed.

Two other systems are used instead: the Williams Grant Subdivision and the Private Claim system. These systems are shown on U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps. But the boundaries shown on the topographic maps are difficult to read, so WGNHS staff have prepared a map to show them more clearly and to display the entire area on a single sheet.

The new map, Green Bay Area Private Claims and Williams Grant Subdivision in Brown County, Wisconsin, is not meant as a substitute for official surveys or plat maps; it is intended to be a visual aid for property location.

Copies of the full-color map (scale 1:36,000) are available from the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, 3817 Mineral Point Road, Madison, Wisconsin 53705-5100, for $15. Call for applicable sales tax and shipping charges, or refer to our order form, which is in Adobe® Acrobat® format. Maps will be delivered rolled. MasterCard and Visa customers may telephone their orders (608/263.7389) between the hours of 8 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.