Washburn, Wisconsin


Lake Superior Shoreline

Green Ruler






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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All City Offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 24th and Thursday, December 25th in observance of the Holiday Season.

Happy Holidays!


December 10, 2014:

The City of Washburn now accepts credit card payments for most transactions through GovPayNet® Payment Services.  Utility Bills, Ambulance Bills, and Parking Tickets may be paid online.


Additional service fees apply.  Click Here to see the credit card fee schedule for more details.

(The City does not accept credit card payments for property tax payments.)




APRIL 7, 2015



State of Wisconsin)

City of Washburn) ss.

County of Bayfield)


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at an election to be held in the City of Washburn, State of Wisconsin, on Tuesday April, 7, 2015, the following offices are to be elected to succeed the present incumbents listed.  The term for Alderperson begins on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 for a two-year duration expiring April, 2017; unless otherwise indicated below.



         Office                                                                                 Incumbent



Alderperson-1st District, 1st Ward                                            Kristy M. Jensch


Alderperson-2nd District, 2nd & 3rd Wards                                Linda S. Barnes


Alderperson-3rd District, 4th Ward                                            Jeremy P. Oswald


Councilor- at- Large                                                                 Richard M. Avol





NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the first day to circulate nomination papers is Monday, December 1, 2014, and the final day for filing of nomination papers is Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 5:00 PM, in the office of the City Clerk. 


Nomination Papers, Declaration of Candidacy and Campaign Finance Registration Statement forms may be obtained at the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, Washburn, Wisconsin 54891 (715) 373-6160 ext. #4.


NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that if a primary is necessary, the primary will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, being the third Tuesday in said month.


Given under my hand and official seal at the City Hall in the City of Washburn, County of Bayfield, this

14th day of November, 2014.



Scott Kluver –City Clerk

City of Washburn


Winter Parking Restrictions in Effect

The Washburn Police Department would like to remind you that odd/even parking is in effect from November 01 – April 01.  During these dates you must park on the odd side of the street on odd dates and the even side on even dates.  This is in effect 24 hours a day and begins at midnight.  A grace period from 8:00PM to Midnight will be allowed for you to move your vehicle to the correct side prior to midnight.  Citations will not be issued during this time except during snow emergencies.  If you have any questions, please call 373-6164.



Interested in What is Being Planned for the Future of Thompson’s West End Park?

Click Here to Learn More and to Find Out How to Get Involved!



Click Here to Watch a City Council Meeting Online on Ustream

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Click Here to Learn More about the City’s Zoning Code Rewrite Project and to Review the Proposed Changes



City Employment Opportunities



·         2014 Fee Schedule (PDF)

·         2015 Fee Schedule Released (PDF)

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

·         Runoff Water Overflow And How You Can Help

·         Zoning Code Revision: Frequently-Asked Questions

·         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 Real Property for Sale






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



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