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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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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.



Employment Opportunity: Police Officer

April 13, 2016

The City of Washburn is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Police Officer.  This is a full time position on a rotating schedule with the possibility of call-outs.

The successful candidate must be a U.S. citizen 18 years or older with a valid driver’s license; have a good driving record; be in good physical condition; eligible for Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board; ability to possess a firearm; no felony convictions; no domestic abuse convictions; vision correctable to 20/20; have good verbal and written communications skills; react quickly and effectively to stressful situations; able to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.  Full duties and qualifications are outlined in the job description.  EMT experience preferred but not required.    

Beginning wage is $20.23 per hour for six (6) months; $20.95 per hour after (6) months of employment, and $21.69 after two years based on 2016 rates.  Excellent fringe benefit package. 

Position description and employment application to which one may attach a resume, training certificates, and other relative information are available in PDF format at the links below or at the Washburn City Hall, 7:30AM-4:30PM, M-F, 119 Washington Avenue, Washburn, Wisconsin 54891. 

Questions can be e-mailed to k.johnson@washburnpd.com .  Application deadline is 4:00 PM, Friday, May 6, 2016.

The City of Washburn is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Description: Police Officer

Application Form



Public Hearing: Comprehensive Plan Amendment

March 22. 2016

Public Hearing will be held at the regularly scheduled monthly City Council Meeting, Monday, May 9, 2016, 5:30 P.M., City Hall, 119 Washington Ave., for public comment on Plan Commission recommendations on amendments to the Chapter 3 Land Use Map.

For details, see the press release and view the map.

Press Release: Public Hearing on Comprehensive Plan Amendment (PDF)

Download Map (PDF, may need to be rotated in your PDF viewer)


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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