Shell Lake, Wisconsin
|Shell Lake, Wisconsin|
|• Total||10.20 sq mi (26.42 km2)|
|• Land||5.81 sq mi (15.05 km2)|
|• Water||4.39 sq mi (11.37 km2)|
|Elevation||1,240 ft (378 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||1,344|
|• Density||231.8/sq mi (89.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Area code(s)||715 & 534|
|GNIS feature ID||1574007|
Shell Lake is located at (45.733590, -91.917368).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.20 square miles (26.42 km2), of which, 5.81 square miles (15.05 km2) is land and 4.39 square miles (11.37 km2) is water.
The primary geographical feature of the city is Shell Lake which occupies the geographic center of the city and lies completely within the city limits.
- Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) have their administrative offices in Shell Lake.
- Shell Lake High School is the city's high school in the Shell Lake School District.
- Shell Lake Arts Center offers arts education camp experiences in fine art, theater and music for school age children and teens. It offers the oldest summer jazz camps for kids in the nation, taught by master musicians and teachers from Chicago, St. Paul-Minneapolis, Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin system, the University of Minnesota and elsewhere.
U.S. Highway 63 is the major north-south arterial and passes along the westen shore of Shell Lake. County Road B generally serves as the northern limit and the northern east-west arterial and County Road D serves as the southern limit and southern east-west arterial of the city. Both county roads provide critical access to the U.S. Highway 53 corridor .
The Shell Lake Municipal Airport(ICAO: KSSQ, FAA LID: SSQ) is located southeast of the central business district. It has a year round 3711 foot asphalt runway with pilot controlled medium intensity runway lights, PAPI visual glide slope indicators and VOR-DME and GPS based instrument approaches and averages just over 12,000 takeoffs and landings per year. 
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,347 people, 594 households, and 357 families residing in the city. The population density was 231.8 inhabitants per square mile (89.5 /km2). There were 988 housing units at an average density of 170.1 per square mile (65.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.7% White, 0.1% African American, 1.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6% of the population.
There were 594 households of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.9% were non-families. 35.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.80.
The median age in the city was 46.1 years. 22% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.1% were from 25 to 44; 24% were from 45 to 64; and 26.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 44.8% male and 55.2% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,309 people, 559 households, and 353 families residing in the city. The population density was 211.3 people per square mile (81.6/km²). There were 890 housing units at an average density of 143.7 per square mile (55.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.62% White, 0.08% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.99% of the population.
There were 559 households out of which 23.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.7% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.69.
In the city the population was spread out with 19.3% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 20.2% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 29.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 83.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $33,073, and the median income for a family was $42,917. Males had a median income of $35,313 versus $20,417 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,675. About 4.4% of families and 8.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.9% of those under age 18 and 13.1% of those age 65 or over.
- Marjorie Reinhart, businesswoman, philanthropist and co-founder of Reinhart Foods, Fourth largest Foodservice company in the US. She and her husband were also co-founders of Kwik Trip. 
- Patricia Spafford Smith, businesswoman and politician, was born in Shell Lake.
The city of Shell Lake has its own police department. Shell Lake Police Department handles all of the police issues within the city limits. SLPD currently has 3 full-time officers and 2 part-time officers. Its current Chief of Police is David Wilson.
The Shell Lake Fire Department covers all of the city's fire suppression needs. Established in 1898, the Shell Lake Fire Department proudly serves the City of Shell Lake, portions or all of Barronett, Bashaw, Beaverbrook, Dewey, Roosevelt and Sarona towns of Washburn and Burnett Counties in Wisconsin. Shell Lake Fire Department has approximately 180 square miles of coverage. Besides fighting structure fires, Shell Lake Fire also assists the WI DNR in wildland fire protection, cold water & ice rescue training, water rescues, auto extrications, and many other services.
Ambulance service is provided by North Memorial Medical Center's Spooner/Shell Lake station located just outside of Spooner. North Ambulance has three BLS ambulances located at that station to respond to any number of medical emergencies.
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- Wisconsin Historical Society-Patricia Spafford Smith