Welcome to the Town of Gardner in Door County!


Postings for town meetings are located at the Gardner Town Hall, Stevenson Pier Minimart, and Gardner (BUG) Fire Station.



6/10/2014 Open Space and Recreation Plan UPDATE

The Town of Gardner Plan Commission is currenting drafting an Open Space and Recreational Plan.

The process will include a public meeting to gather input from our town's residents.

Please click on the Comp Plan Commission tab for further information and dates.

TOWN OF GARDNER RESIDENTS                                    

What do you know about your well water?

Did you know it’s your responsibility to test your well?  Is the water safe for babies and expectant/nursing mothers?  Are there aesthetic or health-related contaminants to be concerned about?  Is my water safe for people with chronic health conditions?  Is my well influenced by human or naturally occurring contaminants? 

Well Testing is offered on the weekend of August 16/17.

  • UW -Stevens Point Center for Watershed Science and Education will provide laboratory analysis, feedback and education.
  • The Town of Gardner endorses and facilitates the testing at no expense to the town.                     
  • The Little Sturgeon Area Property Owners Association (LSAPOA) is providing the necessary volunteer effort, mail publicity and transport of samples.  It forwards the entire amount of payments collected for the testing to the lab at UWSP.

The purpose of this testing is two-fold:

  • Assessment of individual domestic wells. Individual participants’ results are not shared with other entities and will not be reported to any agency.  Individual reports will be distributed to participating residents at an educational program later this summer or early fall when UWSP staff will give advice on the results and any corrective actions or precautions. Reports that are not picked up at the meeting will be mailed.
  • Assessment of the ground water in this town.This is of great interest considering the thin soil and fractured subsoil in this area where large volumes of agricultural waste and pesticides are applied. The results will be viewable on the UW-SP interactive “Well Viewer” covering all of Wisconsin:



By August all of Northern Door towns will have completed community wide well testing arranged in partnership with the Door County Environmental Council.  In Southern Door the Town of Gardner is the first to offer community wide testing.



Saturday August 16, 4 to 6 pm:Sign up, pick-up sample bottle and instructions and make payment for the laboratory analysis fees. 

Sunday August 17, 4 to 6 pm:Return your sample bottle. 

Location (both days): Lot adjacent to Gardner fire station

For questions and special arrangements call Peter at 824-5193


 Welcome to the Town of Gardner web site!

The Town of Gardner is located in Southern Door County, Wisconsin.  The town hall is located at 2344 County Highway C and Four Corners Road.  The Town of Gardner boarders with the towns of Nasewaupee and Brussels in Southern Door County.  Our northern and northwestern boundary lies on the beautiful Bay of Green Bay.  The town area covers 113.5 square miles, of which 34.3 square miles of it is land and 79.2 square miles of it is water.  The unincorporated community of Little Sturgeon is also located within the town.  We have a mixture of family farm operations, rural residential, undeveloped natural areas, and Town and County parks.  Of the 34.3 square miles of land, the Town of Gardner is home to approximately 1,100 people, 493 households, and 352 families, plus a substantial amount of seasonals, and local businesses.

Most of our food establishments, pubs, businesses, and lodging providers are open year round.  Our town is known for its beautiful shores and seasonal fishing and boating recreation.  Some of the all-time seasonal favorites like Door County Cherries and apples come from right here in our town.    If you plan to visit, or are planning a place to live, the Town of Gardner provides a great place for both tourism and seasonal and permanent housing with relaxing country side and water vistas, recreation, and educational areas.  The Southern Door School District is committed to high educational standards, “Soaring High with the Eagles”.  Gardner is also part of a joint Fire Department with the towns of Brussels, and Union which form the joint fire district of Brussels, Union, & Gardner Fire Department (B.U.G.).  Emergency Medical Services are provided by the Door County Emergency Services Division and our local Gardner Emergency Medical Responders.

If you are wondering about the origin of Gardner, originally it was called Chickatoek (Chickatock).  The name changed to Gardner from Chickatoek on 21 March 1866.  Some of the first settlers were Increase Claflin, a New York fisherman-farmer, who settled at Little Sturgeon Point with his family in 1835 and is considered the first settler in Door County, and Freeland B. Gardner, Pensaukee WI, who began a shipyard in the 1850’s.  Ethnic groups were comprised of Belgians and Irish.  Occupations of the time were shipbuilding, lumbering, fishing, and quarrying Lime and Ice.  Some early businesses were, 1. Freeland B. Gardner, (1850), steam mill (saw & flour) and shipyard.  He was the main employment for Brussels people having a total of 400 employees at one point.  He bought CLAFLIN’S place.  2. Williamson’s Shingle Mill, proprietors: John & James Williamson and 3. Gardner Lime Kiln, proprietor: Freeland B. Gardner.  Some families associate with the township were Stevenson (at Little Sturgeon), Claflin, Neuville, Connard (Counard), Farley, Gigot, and Riley.  (Historic information provided by Peninsula Genealogical Society – Door County WI).



Fire Danger for the Town of Gardner is LOW!

Burning permits are required.

Please click link on left side for permit information and contacts.