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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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Notice Of Public Hearing: New Zoning Code And Map

October 7, 2015

The City of Washburn Common Council will conduct a public hearing on November 9, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. to consider the potential amendment of the City's zoning regulations and other parts of the municipal code that conflict with the proposed zoning regulations. The proposed amendment to the zoning regulations will affect allowable uses within the City. The proposed amendment will also affect the zoning map. A copy of the proposed ordinance will be on file and open for public inspection in the office of the City Clerk during normal office hours (M-F, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 prior to October 31st and 8am-5pm thereafter) for a period of two weeks prior to the public hearing.

The Common Council meeting starts at 5:30 pm and is conducted in the City Hall, located at 119 Washington Avenue. The public hearing will be conducted in the order listed on the meeting agenda.

For information regarding this public hearing, contact Scott Kluver, City Administrator, at 715-373-6160 ext. 4. All interested parties will be heard at the public hearing. Written comments may be sent to the City Hall by noon on November 9, 2015, or submitted during the public hearing.

Scott J. Kluver, City Administrator


Cemetery Decorations

October 5, 2015

City of Washburn cemetery lot owners: all plastic and floral graveside decorations at Woodland Cemetery must be removed by Sunday, November 1, 2015. The City of Washburn is not responsible for damaged, lost, stolen or removed decorations.

Gayla Salmi, Public Works Director


Fall Cleanup 2015

The City will hold its annual Fall Cleanup on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the County Garage, First Avenue East, two blocks south of Bayfield Street, from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm. City of Washburn residents only will be able to get rid of all types of waste except food waste & hazardous materials. See flyer for charges and more details.

Fall Cleanup Flyer (PDF)


City Hall Summer Hours

Posted: May 18, 2015

Announcing City Hall Summer Hour:s Beginning May 26 and ending October 30: City Hall Hours will be from 7:30 A.M. Until 4:30P.M.


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

2015 Fee Schedule Released (PDF)

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.


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