About Rusk County

  • Founded in 1901, Rusk County was originally named Gates County after Milwaukee land speculator James L. Gates. It was renamed Rusk County in 1905 after Jeremiah M. Rusk, governor of Wisconsin and the first U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. It was formed out of the northern portion of Chippewa County.
  • Rusk County is located in the northwestern part of Wisconsin. It is 931 square miles and a population of 14,151 (2017).
  • Four rivers that run through Rusk County, Flambeau, Thornapple, Jump and Chippewa rivers.
  • Lat: 45.49° N Lon: 91° W Elev: 1234 ft.
  • Rusk County has 4 beautiful seasons. The summers are long, warm, wet, and partly cloudy and the winters are freezing, snowy, windy, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 6°F to 80°F and is rarely below -17°F or above 88°F.