Why don’t the parcel lines match the true location on the interactive mapping site?

Bayfield County built the parcel mapping from a grid and scale that can vary up to 200 feet from the true location. The parcel mapping is meant to get you close to the property; this is also known as “index” mapping. To know the exact location of the parcel lines, a survey is needed.

Bayfield County contracts with private survey firms and collects survey grade GPS locations on the section corners and quarter corners that can make the parcel lines more accurate when displayed on the aerial photo. This will take around 90 years to complete the project county-wide with current funding levels. But the main goal is to GPS and gain a tighter control on populated areas first.

The legal description may be poorly written and may not account for different sizes in sections. Various sources of information are used as reference (e.g., recorded documents and surveys).

Every effort is taken to utilize proper techniques and reference viable data sources when drawing map features. It should be noted that some data sources are more accurate than others, and this may explain why certain map features appear to be drawn incorrectly. Users of Bayfield County Interactive Mapping should take notice that the digital map serves as a general representation of what exists in the real world and should be used accordingly.

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1. What is the difference between recorded acres and calculated acres?
2. Why don’t the parcel lines match the true location on the interactive mapping site?
3. I had a map of survey completed and filed in the Land Records office. Why is the map of survey not reflected on my tax bill or property description?
4. Who is my assessor?
5. What is IR imagery and why is it important?
6. How can I purchase property owned by Bayfield County?
7. How do I find historic tax records?
8. How do I find my property corners?
9. What is scale?
10. What years of aerial imagery does Bayfield County have online or as a hard copy?
11. How can I obtain Bayfield County GIS data?
12. How do I convert degrees - minutes - seconds to decimal degrees?
13. How do I find my correct address or apply for a new address?
14. What is the road right-of-way width and length?
15. How do I access property records online?
16. What is a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA)? How do I obtain a LOMA?
17. Can I be taxed as Forestry and zoned as Agriculture?
18. How often is your parcel data updated on the website?
19. I am splitting my parcel into two parcels this year. What will my exact tax bill be?
20. How do I get a Bayfield County Plat Book?
21. Who owns the trees when the Highway Department cuts the road right-of-way?
22. How do I find out the registered agent office of an LLC?
23. Where do I find out if a property has a lien against it?
24. How do I find out if a surveyor is licensed?