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Washburn, Wisconsin

A Small Town On The Greatest Lake


Surrounded by forest, the city of Washburn nestles on the shore of Lake Superior's historic Chequamegon Bay in northernmost Wisconsin. With unparalleled outdoor recreation opportunities, a vibrant cultural life, and a progressive atmosphere, Washburn is great place to live, a rewarding place to do business, and a spectacular place to visit.

Explore the links at left to find out more about Washburn or to learn the latest news from the city government. To help you find the information you need, consult the Site Index.








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February 2, 2016

A Snow Emergency has been declared for the City of Washburn starting at 8:00 pm on Tuesday February 2, 2016.  A snow emergency means that all vehicles must be removed from all City streets, alleys, and parking lots.  This snow emergency will remain in effect at least through 8:00 am Thursday, February 4, 2016. 

For more information contact: Gayla Salmi, Public Works Director    715-373-6171


Skating Rink Schedule

Posted January 8, 2016

The City of Washburn skating rink will open for the seaon Friday, January 8, 2016.

Download a convenient PDF copy of the operating schedule here.


2016 Fee Schedule

Posted December 15, 2015

The City of Washburn has released its Schedule of Fees for 2016, to take effect on January 1, 2016.

2016 Fee Schedule (PDF)


Winter Parking Notice

Posted November 23, 2015

Beginning November 1, 2015 it shall be unlawful for any person to park or leave a standing motor vehicle on any street or avenue in the City of Washburn between November 1, 2015 and April 1st, 2016.

Even Odd Parking

Parking shall be permitted on the side of the street containing even number street addresses on even calendar days, and on the side of the street containing odd number street addresses on odd calendar days.

Snow Emergency

A snow emergency may be declared in the event of snowfall exceeding four (4") inches in depth for the purpose of clearing public streets as efficiently and quickly as possible to permit the passage of emergency vehicles and public transit.

In the event of a snow emergency, every vehicle shall immediately be removed from all City streets, alleys and parking lots to permit the inauguration and completion of snow removal activities. Distribution shall be to the Sheriff's Department dispatcher and media outlets to permit the dissemination of the declaration to the public as quickly as possible.

Gayla Salmi, Public Works Director


Notice of Spring Election

Posted Nov. 17, 2015

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at an election is to be held in the City of Washburn, State of Wisconsin, on Tuesday April, 5, 2016, the following offices are to be elected to succeed the present incumbents listed.  The term for Mayor and Alderperson begins on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 for a two-year duration expiring April, 2018; unless otherwise indicated below.


Mayor: Scott A. Griffiths, Incumbent

Alderperson-1st District, 1st Ward: Mary McGrath, Incumbent

Alderperson-2nd District, 2nd & 3rd Wards: Jennifer L. Maziasz, Incumbent

Alderperson-3rd District, 4th Ward: Christine M. Kelly, Incumbent

See Elections page for further information on the election and on filing nomination papers.


Regional Housing Program

Learn More About the Regional Housing Program Administered through the Northwestern Regional Planning Commission (NWRPC), the Regional Housing Program offers qualifying Low- and Moderate-Income households with financial assistance for housing rehabilitation, homebuyer assistance, and funds towards handicapped accessibility modifications. For more details about this program visit the program website or view the program brochure.


West End Park Master Plan

West End Park Master Plan

View the Most Recent Draft of West End Park Master Plan in PDF format. (Leaves this web site.)


Older Items

Wisconsin's New Municipal Utility Law- Forms and Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Thompson’s West End Park Beach Cleanup Status Report, 2012 (PDF)

Washburn Marina Improvements Plan

Downtown Building Façade Renovation Loan Program

City Real Property for Sale



Need information on beach closures?
Check the Wisconsin Beach Health page for up-to-date information.


Please note: information on each page is current as of the date shown. For most recent information, please contact the City offices at 715-373-6160.

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