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The city of Washburn has two municipal campgrounds, both located along the shore of Lake Superior:

Memorial Park


Thompson's West End Park


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Memorial Park

Campsites At Memorial Park

Memorial Park is a shaded recreation area and campground of majestic pines on a bluff overlooking Chequamegon Bay. Given to the City by the DuPont Corporation, Memorial Park has served as the jewel of the municipal park system for much of the last century.

Campers will find a pleasing setting under the shade of a large old growth pinery on a bluff overlooking Chequamegon Bay. Fifty-one campsites are provided in the park, the majority located on uunpaved, all-weather gravel access roads. Several sites are located on the bluff overlooking Chequamegon Bay. Large ravines, bridged by pedestrian trails, traverse the park.

The majority of sites have been provided with electric service and cable tv. All sites have access to drinking water, flush toilets, and pay showers. Seventeen seasonal camping sites are permitted within the park.

Access to the beach is provided by steps down the bluff. Visitors to the park may occasionally witness the silent passage of a freighter headed for the Port of Ashland or Washburn's commercial dock. Every evening visitors will experience the twinkling lights of Ashland across the bay.

The campground is provided with:

  • Paved and Unpaved Access Roads

  • Heavily Shaded Sites

  • Flush Toilets

  • Picnic Tables

  • Open play areas

  • Sanitary Dump Station

  • Shoreline Fishing

  • Showers

  • Covered Picnic Shelter

  • Playground

  • Lakeside Vistas

  • Electric Service

  • Wi-Fi

Cable TV is provided to all sites with electrical hookups.

Download Campsite Map (PDF Format)

Please note:

  • Memorial Park is best suited for smaller RVs and tent camping due to the maneuvering required among the pines for accessibility to campsites.

  • Although Memorial Park offers lakeside recreation opportunities, the park does not provide boating access to the lake. Boaters desiring more direct lake access should visit Thompson's West End Campground.


Thompson's West End Park

Campsites At west End Park


The newer of the two campgrounds operated by the City, Thompson's West End Park is located at the foot of Eighth Avenue West. Camping opportunities at the park are provided by 51 RV and tent sites off paved access roads. Named after a turn-of-the-century lumber concern that occupied a large portion of the site, Thompson's West End Park offers a variety of recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. The park offers 27 acres of gradually slopping shoreline to the waters edge.

The park offers campers mostly sunny sites as an alternative to the heavily shaded Memorial Park Campground. Campsites at West End Park are more suitable to large recreational vehicles and motor homes and is more suitable for campers with large vehicles.

Seventeen seasonal camping sites are permitted at West End Park. All sites have a view of Chequamegon Bay. The campground is provided with:

  • Paved Access Roads

  • Sanitary Dump Station

  • Flush Toilets

  • Unguarded Swimming Beach

  • Playground

  • Open play area

  • Pay Showers

  • Electric Service

  • Wi-Fi

  • Artesian Water

  • Fishing Pier

  • Shoreline Fishing

  • Boat Launch (fee charged)

Cable TV is provided to all sites with electrical hookups.

Download Campsite Map (PDF Format)

Campsites are first-come, first-served. The city does not take reservations for individual campsites.

Want to check on beach status? Check the Wisconsin Beach Health page for up-to-date information.

For background information: Thompson’s West End Park Beach Cleanup Status Report (PDF)


2016 Camping Fees


Dump Station Fee (Non Campers)



Group Reservations (May, June, September, October)


75% of Regular Fee

Memorial Park (Season May 15th to October 15th)


Overnight- No Utilities


Overnight- Electric


Weekly- No Utilities


Weekly- Electric




West End Park (Season April 15th - October 15th)



Overnight- electric


Weekly- electric




Overflow area parking per vehicle or camping unit




Seasonal Campsites



Campsite Deposit - to hold site  (Refundable)


Security Deposit (Refundable)


Memorial Park (May 15th  to Oct. 15th - 152 Days)


West End Park (April 15th to Oct. 15th - 182 Days)





Most recent update: May 11, 2016

Please note: information presented is current as of the most recent update shown. For most recent information, please contact the City offices at 715-373-6160.

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