LCHD announces list of summer cooling centers

On Monday, June 17, 2024, the Lincoln County Health Department (LCHD) announced a list of cooling centers in Tomahawk, Merrill, and Gleason.
“While many people look forward to the warmer temperatures, it’s important to remember that hot conditions can turn dangerous quickly and pose a risk to health and safety, especially for infants and children, older adults, and individuals with certain medical and chronic conditions,” LCHD said.
Lincoln County has numerous designated cooling centers, which are air-conditioned facilities where county residents are invited to get relief from extreme heat during business hours.
LCHD thanked the following businesses and organizations for participating as cooling centers this summer.


Tomahawk cooling centers, hours, and contact information:

  • Tomahawk Senior Center, 113 S. Tomahawk Ave. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 715.453.5757.
  • Tomahawk City Hall, 23 N. 2nd St. Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; 715.453.4040.
  • Tomahawk Public Library, 300 W. Lincoln Ave. Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 715.453.2455.


Merrill cooling centers, hours, and contact information:

  • Lincoln County Service Center, 801 N. Sales St. Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Merrill Enrichment Center, 303 N Sales St. Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 715.536.4226.
  • Riverside Athletic Club, 500 S. Center Ave. Monday – Thursday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; 715.536.2481.
  • Smith Multi-Purpose Center (MARC), 1100 Marc Dr. Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 715.536.6187.
  • T.B. Scott Free Library, 106 W. 1st St. Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 715.536.7191.
  • Walmart, 505 S. Pine Ridge Ln. Monday – Sunday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. 715.536.2414.
  • Les and Jim’s Lincoln Lanes, 1208 N. Center Ave. Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. 715.536.9405.


Gleason cooling centers, hours, and contact information:

  • Gleason Bowling Center, N4878 Hwy. 17. Monday, Wednesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to close; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 715.873.4588.

Beat the heat safety tips
LCHD said the public can beat the heat this summer by following these safety tips:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink a lot of water. Avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee, tea, and sodas.
  • Avoid going outside in extreme heat. Limit outside activity to early morning or late evening.
  • Wear sunscreen. Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool down and can make you dehydrated.
  • If you don’t have air conditioning, keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but windows slightly open.
  • Keep lights off or turned down.
  • Limit the use of the stove.
  • Wear lightweight, loose, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool baths and showers.
  • Don’t leave anyone, including pets, in a parked car – even for a few minutes.
  • Check up on family, friends, and neighbors during extreme heat. If you are unable to reach them, call 911 and request a well-being check.
    Businesses or organizations interested in being a designated cooling center may contact Kristin Bath, Public Health Educator, at [email protected] or 715.539.1373.
    A current list of local cooling centers is available at

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