Monday, February 27, 2023 / by Julie Winter-Paez
The Town of Plum Lake is located in central Vilas County. Much of the town is made up of Vilas County Forest lands or Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 100.1 square miles (259.2 km2), of which, 88.9 square miles (230.3 km2) of it is land and 11.1 square miles (28.8 km2) of it (11.12%) is water.
The Town of Plum Lake, encompassing the two towns of Sayner and Star Lake, had its modest beginnings on April 11, 1911, when it was created out of territory detached from the Town of Arbor Vitae. The first town meeting was held in Sayner on April 14, 1911. Sayner got its name from Orrin W. Sayner, who settled the area in 1891, two years before any other settlers took up homes in the town. A place called Camp 1 got the name of Star Lake in memory of Harry Starr, who was killed while working on the construction of a railroad bridge across the mill hot pond. The lake was named Starr also.
The population in Plum Lake is 506. There are 6 people per square mile aka population density. The median age in Plum Lake is 59.2, the US median age is 37.4. The number of people per household in Plum Lake is 1.9, the US average of people per household is 2.6.
Experience a Northwoods getaway in beautiful Sayner-Star Lake, Wisconsin. Discover cozy cabins, miles of tranquil trails, crystal clear lakes, expansive forests and amenities to make your vacation perfect! Truly, finding yourself in Sayner-Star Lake will guarantee a vacation you’ll want to replicate over and over again! Sayner-Star Lake is a year-round sporting paradise! In the fragrant summer and fall, warm-weather sports abound, whether you’re a hiker, cyclist, golfer, or water sport enthusiast. In the winter, things don’t have to slow down, hit the snowmobile trails, explore our groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, or enjoy the solitude of ice fishing on a remote lake. You’ll find four seasons of fun in Sayner-Star Lake!
If you love history, then you’ve come the right place! In downtown Sayner hit the greens at the historic Plum Lake Golf Club, make your way through the Vilas Historical Museum, or see the very first snowmobile at Eliason Lumber. Next, check out fine art and history exhibits in Star Lake at the Old Schoolhouse Gallery, and step back in time at the Old Milltown Depot - a museum dedicated to Star Lake’s historical logging and railroad days. While you’re in Star Lake, be sure to grab an Instagram-worthy photo at the picturesque Fredrickson Bait Shop.