Germantown History

Brief History of the Town of Germantown

The Township of Germantown lies in the central plain of Wisconsin, midway between the cities of Madison and LaCrosse, ten miles from Interstate 90/94. Germantown is surrounded by the Townships of Necedah, Clearfield, Lisbon, Lemonweir, and Marion. Our Community Center, Town Hall, and Germantown Park are located at:

Town of Germantown
N7560 17th Avenue
New Lisbon, Wisconsin 53950
(View location on a map)

Dominant water features in the Township are  the Wisconsin River, Castle Rock Lake, and the Yellow and Little Yellow Rivers.   The Lake and the Wisconsin River serve as the  border on the east with Adams County.

Woodlands constitute 39% of the Township.  Much of the land would be considered wooded residential and recreational property.

The Village of Germantown was situated at the junction of the Wisconsin and Yellow Rivers. Its first settlers were Walter Gaige and Jacob Gundlach, who came in 1851. The Village was named after the large number of German settlers that came to the area and it was incorporated as a 30 block town on the Wisconsin River in 1855. When its population peaked in the 1880’s, Germantown had four sawmills, a church, Post Office, school, dance hall, blacksmith shop, hotel, saloon, and the first brewery in Juneau County. The Germantown Ferry ran across the Wisconsin River to Quincy, Adams County and back.

The Germantown Cemetery, which still exists today near Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, was the main cemetery in the area. Bodies from the Werner Cemetery were moved to the Germantown Cemetery when the lake was flooded.

The plans for the two lakes and dams began in the late 1920’s by the Wisconsin River Power Company. The buildings in Germantown were disassembled and used for houses in Mauston and the area became the Castle Rock County Park. The site of Werner was submerged beneath the waters of the lake. The same lake waters that submerged its early beginnings have, in recent years, led to the remarkable growth that the town is experiencing. The Castle Rock and Petenwell Lakes and Dams, completed in 1950, opened up a new era for both Juneau and Adams Counties.

Area Events

Looking for information about the Town of Germantown? New to the area? Here are some resources to find what is available in the area and other information you may be looking for.

Recycling and Trash

Recycling is Mandatory!

*Garbage Disposal and Recycling Servicers:

LSI (Lenorud Services) Badgerland Disposal / LRS
(prev. Clark Disposal)
Waste Management  
928 Hanson Street 265 N Janesville St
Mauston, WI 53948 Milton, WI  53563-1306
Ph. 608-847-2146 Ph. 608-580-0580 Ph .888-960-0008

Brush Dump -Yard Waste ONLY Site:  

The Town of Germantown does have a brush dump yard waste disposal area located behind (by going between) the two shop buildings at N7645 17th Avenue. 

However, this is ONLY for GERMANTOWN PROPERTY OWNERS  and is ONLY for normal yard waste generated in the Town of Germantown, such as leaves, grass clippings, yard waste, brush, and small branches up to 6″ in diameter from yard maintenance, NOT lot clearing.  NO metal or other debris is accepted as it would damage equipment that is used to mulch the piles and haul it away. This is available during daytime hours, except in winter when the area is under snow.  An annual $25 permit is required for residents. An annual $250 permit is required for commercial vendors who do yardwork for Germantown residents. Inquire with the Town Clerk, Susan Ganther.  See Permits & Fees section for application.

*Or, you can take it yourself to the Juneau County Landfill as per the CRAM agreement:

The Township of Germantown is a member of CRAM (County Recycling Agreement of Municipalities).  Ten townships are currently members of this agreement.  The county is responsible for its enforcement in the Townships that belong to C.R.A.M.  The disposal site for the C.R.A.M Recycling Program is at the Juneau County Landfill located at W7611 Ceylon Road, New Lisbon, WI.  You must first stop at the scale operator window at the landfill to let them know your name and that you are from the Town of Germantown each time you bring your recyclables to the landfill.  Information on how to recycle and what is to be recycled is available below.  See the Juneau County Landfill Trash & Recyling Guide.

Juneau County Board

Supervisor – District 16 for Germantown Wards 1&2
Ray Feldman
W5508 37th Street
New Lisbon, WI  53950
Phone: 608-562-3499
Email: [email protected]

Supervisor – District 18  for Germantown Ward 3 / Juneau County Board Chairperson
Timothy J. Cottingham
N5469 47th St
Mauston, WI 53948
Phone: 608-547-2145
Email: [email protected]

Please click to view the PDF’s on the county website. The files say “agenda” but they include both the agenda and the minutes, after the meeting.

Agendas and Minutes are in the same document.