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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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Winter Parking Notice

Posted November 23, 2015

Beginning November 1, 2015 it shall be unlawful for any person to park or leave a standing motor vehicle on any street or avenue in the City of Washburn between November 1, 2015 and April 1st, 2016.

Even Odd Parking

Parking shall be permitted on the side of the street containing even number street addresses on even calendar days, and on the side of the street containing odd number street addresses on odd calendar days.

Snow Emergency

A snow emergency may be declared in the event of snowfall exceeding four (4") inches in depth for the purpose of clearing public streets as efficiently and quickly as possible to permit the passage of emergency vehicles and public transit.

In the event of a snow emergency, every vehicle shall immediately be removed from all City streets, alleys and parking lots to permit the inauguration and completion of snow removal activities. Distribution shall be to the Sheriff's Department dispatcher and media outlets to permit the dissemination of the declaration to the public as quickly as possible.

Gayla Salmi, Public Works Director


Notice of Spring Election

Posted Nov. 17, 2015

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at an election is to be held in the City of Washburn, State of Wisconsin, on Tuesday April, 5, 2016, the following offices are to be elected to succeed the present incumbents listed.  The term for Mayor and Alderperson begins on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 for a two-year duration expiring April, 2018; unless otherwise indicated below.


Mayor: Scott A. Griffiths, Incumbent

Alderperson-1st District, 1st Ward: Mary McGrath, Incumbent

Alderperson-2nd District, 2nd & 3rd Wards: Jennifer L. Maziasz, Incumbent

Alderperson-3rd District, 4th Ward: Christine M. Kelly, Incumbent

See Elections page for further information on the election and on filing nomination papers.





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


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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