County Surveyor Records

Type of Surveys & Access
Map of Survey (MOS)
Map of Surveys are prepared by a Licensed Wisconsin Land Surveyor and are filed in the County Surveyor Office.

Certified Survey Map (CSM) - Information
CSMs are prepared by a Licensed Wisconsin Land Surveyor and are recorded (statute 236.34) in the County Register of Deeds Office.

Search County Survey Records
Option 1
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Access the new Beacon online portal to search for survey records by Instrument Type, Survey Number, Section, Township, Range, Surveyor Name, or Survey Date. 

Under the map Layers on the left side of the screen, click on the Survey Index (Search) name.  This layer is located within the Public Land Survey System map layers group. Clicking on the layer name, will make it active and open a Survey Search window on the right side of the screen. Search for recorded and non-recorded surveys using the available fields in this window.  Search results will open at the bottom of the screen.  If available, click on the Survey Number to view the non-recorded document within the results list.

Option 2
Access the Polk County Survey Index online portal to search for survey records by Section, Town, or Range.

Recorded docments are not avaiable through these portals and must be obtained from the Register of Deeds office.
Index of recorded and non-recorded surveys and survey-related information.
  • Copies of all other non-recorded surveys may be obtained at the Land Information/Surveyor Office.
  • Copies of all other recorded surveys may be obtained at the Register of Deeds Office.

State Statutes
Chapter A-E 7
Minimum Standards for Property Surveys
County surveyor; duties, deputies, fees.

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View Land Records Online Portal
This Polk County online portal allows users to search for Tie-Sheet Records and other land records, such as real property, and display associated information, maps, aerial images, zoning permits, tax records, and survey documents.  Includes new Sales Search and Survey Index Search.

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Survey Control Finder
Use this, Wisconsin State Cartographer's Office, application as a central point of access for locating Wisconsin control data (federal, state, and various counties.) Features include multiple search options, links to available tie-sheets, and download options.

Original Government Field Notes and Plat Maps
From the State of Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands Website. click HERE

Records Filed in the Surveyor Office
  • Highway Right-of-Way Maps
  • Historical Town Maps and Property Ownership - Work Project Administration (W.P.A.) Books 1930's
  • Map of Survey (MOS)
  • PLSS Tie Sheet Record Books
  • Railroad Right-of-way Maps
  • Town Road Records

Surveyor Field Notes
  • 1856-1869 Survey Records (Volume A)
  • 1869-1882 Survey Records (Volume B)
  • 1869-1883 Survey Records for Highways (Volume C)
  • 1877-1886 Worthy Prentice (Volume D)
  • 1887-1894 S.M. DeGolier & S.W. Jones
  • 1900 Henry Tuttle (Town of McKinley, Remonumentation)
  • 1900 (Re-survey of Balsam Lake Islands)
  • 1901-1916 WM H. McCourt
  • 1908 (Town of Georgetown)
  • 1923-1944 Christian P.A. Jenssen
  • 1947-1856 Richard Andrews
  • 1960's-1970's Herbert Johnson
  • 1960's Holm & Simonet
  • 1977-1982 Ronald F. Johnson
  • 1983-1996 Ronald Hoffman
  • Grubb & Caneday (Volume A, B, C, & D)
  • Raymond W. Buggert
  • Various Years - Miscellaneous Records

County Surveyor
Ed Flanum
(715) 485-9260

  Land Information Technician
Tracy Klatt
(715) 485-9203

Office Hours
M-F, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Department of Land Information
Polk County Government Center

100 Polk County Plaza, Suite 130
Balsam Lake, WI 54810