Washburn, Wisconsin


Lake Superior Shoreline






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.

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City Hall will have limited hours this Friday, April 18th from 8:00AM to 12:00PM. Offices will be closed for the remainder of the day.


April 16, 2014 Press Release:

The City of Washburn is requesting that residents and visitors park on the odd side of the street starting at 5:00PM today until 5:00PM this Thursday, April 17, 2014, if off street parking is not available.  Due to recent warm weather and snow melt, the City has NOT declared a formal snow emergency.  Residents and visitors should be mindful of not parking on both sides if City streets, in alleyways, or City parking lots. 



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For more information contact: Ken Cammilleri, Assistant City Administrator, at 715-373-6160 ext. 1


Spring Cleanup 2014 Announced



When:    SATURDAY May 17, 2014    7:00 A.M.  To  2:00 P.M.





What:    The dumpsters are available for the Citizens of Washburn only. Citizens will be able to get rid of all types of waste EXCEPT:   Food waste and hazardous materials, including paint or paint cans.


There will be no charge for refuse disposal, except for the following:



         Car and light truck            $    4.00                                                           

         Semi                                $  15.00                                   

         Tractor or Grader              $   32.00


Small Appliances:                      $  15.00

   (such as microwave oven / toaster oven)


Large Appliances and appliances with Freon, such as:



         Air Conditioners


         Computers                                   $ 20.00



                        Large                            $25.00

                        Small                            $15.00


Batteries:          Will be accepted at no charge


This year all scrap metal and iron will be accepted at no charge. There will be a separate trailer provided for this material.  





The City of Washburn Common Council will hold a public hearing on the Washburn Marina Bulkhead Wall Project partially funded by a Community Development Block Grant on Monday, May 12, 2014 beginning at 5:30 pm.  Members of the public are invited to comment and review the performance of the funded project.  The hearing will be located at the Washburn City Hall, 119 Washington Avenue, Washburn, WI 54891.  The agenda is:


1.   Review of the Marina Bulkhead Wall Project and current status of the wall

2.   Citizen input regarding CDBG housing activities and need


Residents of the City of Washburn are encouraged to attend, especially residents with low to moderate incomes.  This hearing is being held as part of the requirements of the Community Development Block Grant the City received for this project.  The meeting room is handicapped accessible and persons needing additional accessibility accommodations should contact Scott Kluver, City Clerk at 715-373-6160 Ext. 4.


Scott J. Kluver

City Clerk 


March 28, 2014 Press Release:

At this time, the opening date for Thompson’s West End Park has been pushed back until at least May 1, 2014.  This date is subject to additional change based on weather conditions.  A determination will be made in mid-April as to whether or not a future adjustment to the park opening date will be necessary. 

This decision has been made due to the weather events of 2013-2014 winter season, which has been one of the coldest and snowiest in decades.  It is already the end of March, and winter weather is still remaining in this area with below zero temperatures after nightfall.  Based on these conditions, there is no way that Thompson’s West End Park will be able to be opened in time for camping by the usual April 15th date.  Utility lines, facilities, and the grounds could risk damage if usage begins prior to an adequate thaw. 

 The City will make an announcement in mid-April if there is a need to change the opening date. 

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      For more information contact:             Scott Kluver, City Administrator, at 715-373-6160 ext. 4


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Effective immediately, the City of Washburn Water Utility is requesting all customers let their water run until further notice to minimize water and sewer line freezing. Customers should turn on one faucet and let about a ¼ of inch stream of water run continuously. This is about the size of a pencil. Utility bills will be adjusted accordingly.

Should temperatures warm, residents are asked to continue running water until the City of Washburn provides notice that the water may be shut off.

Failure to comply with this request may result in customers retaining full responsibility for damages resulting from frozen lines.

See additional information.


·         Ice Rink Schedule Released (PDF)

·         2014 Fee Schedule Released (PDF)

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

·         Washburn High School 2013 Commencement Address

·         Runoff Water Overflow And How You Can Help

·         Zoning Code Revision: Frequently-Asked Questions

·         2013 Recycling Calendar

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

·         Information on Possible Utility Extensions

·         Council Meeting Now Available as Streaming Video

·         Washburn Marina Improvements Plan

·         Downtown Building Façade Renovation Loan Program

·         Voter Registration Information

·         City Announces Real Property for Sale


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


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Scott Griffiths 




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