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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.

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Temporary Boat Ramp Closure

May 5, 2016

The boat ramp at the Washburn Marina will close on Monday, May 9th, 2016 until mid-June.  This is to allow for repairs and for the construction of additional amenities for both boat ramp and marina patrons.  When the work is completed, boat ramp users will have new restrooms available, new piers, an improved slope for the ramp, a boat wash station, a fish cleaning station, and improved parking.  There will also be additional guest dockage for visitors to the Washburn Marina and the community.  

The Washburn Marina and the Harbor Commission realize that closing the boat ramp for a month will be an inconvenience to boaters; nonetheless, the repairs and amenities being put in place will be a significant improvement to the area.  While this ramp is closed, some boaters may be able to utilize the West End Park boat ramp.  There is approximately two feet of water depth at the end of the concrete ramp at West End Park.  Boaters are not to power load boats at the ramp, as this creates a mound of sediment which restricts access to the ramp.

As updates to the Boat Ramp Project are available, the information will be posted on the City of Washburn website and be available at the Washburn Marina. 


Notice of Meeting to Adjourn Board of Review to a Later Date

City of Washburn Board of Review will meet on the 13th day of June, 2016, at 5:30 PM, at Washburn City Hall, 119 Washington Ave., Washburn, WI for the purpose of calling the border review intercession during the thirty (30) day. Beginning on the second Monday of May, pursuant to sec. 70.47 (1) of Wis. statutes.

For more information download complete version:

Notice of Meeting to Adjourn Board of Review (PDF format)


Surplus Items For Auction

May 3, 2016

The City of Washburn is currently offering the following items for auction, via the Wisconsin Surplus Online Auction web site. Detailed information can be found by visiting the site and entering "Washburn" into the keyword search box near the top of the page.

  • Lot of 4 - Goodyear Ultragrip Ice Tires P22560R 18

  • Lot of 2 - Goodyear Wrangler RTS Tires 245 75R 16

For more information: Wisconsin Surplus Web Site

New Waste Collection System

April 29, 2016

The first garbage collection day with Eagle Waste will be on Tuesday May 3rd and recycling for the entire City will begin on Monday May 16th. Eagle Waste will be delivering the garbage and recycling carts through the weekend and Monday. If you do not receive a cart by Monday night, you can use your old containers for Tuesday’s garbage pick-up. If you did not receive a cart by Monday night you must also call Eagle Waste at 715-477-0077  to inform them that you did not receive a cart.


Spring Cleanup 2016

Posted April 22, 2016

Who: City Of Washburn Residents

When: Saturday May 14, 2016 7:00 A.M. To 2:00 P.M.

Where: 1st Avenue East - 2 Blocks South Of Bayfield Street

What: The dumpsters are available for City of Washburn residents only. Citizens will be able to get rid of all types of waste except: Food waste and hazardous materials, including paint cans with paint in them. Yard waste can be dropped off at the compost site on CTH "C".

See flyer for detailed information on acceptable items and fees:

For More Information (PDF)



Yard Waste Disposal

April 20, 2016

The City’s Yard Waste/Compost Site on County Highway “C”   will be open on Wednesdays from noon until 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. beginning May 7, 2016, until October 30, 2016. 

This year, users will be asked to separate yard waste into compostable materials such as leaves and lawn clippings, and other waste such as branches and brush- you will be directed to the drop off location for each type of material.  The Yard Waste/Compost Site is available to City of Washburn residents.



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)



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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