The Town of Washburn, Wisconsin Welcomes You


Town of Washburn Wisconsin highway

The Town of Washburn will be in a winter weather emergency starting at noon on February 27, 2024 until 6:00 pm on February 28, 2024.

The Town of Washburn follows the Bayfield County guidelines on Spring road conditions. Please visit this site for updated information.

Winter Weather Emergency Policy:

With the transition in our road crew, to make sure the town is in compliance with the state regulations and with our insurance coverage, we will be calling a Winter Weather Emergency in the event we get 2 or more inches of snow, high winds causing drifting or ice conditions. This will allow for having substitute or replacement drivers in the plow trucks. See the Winter Weather Emergency Policy.

A Progressive Rural Community, the Town of Washburn, with a population of 560, is conveniently located along Highway 13, adjacent to the cities of Washburn and Ashland.  Primarily residential and agricultural, the Town is 12 miles south of Bayfield Wisconsin and 80 miles east of Duluth Minnesota.

Recreational opportunities abound with Lake Superior and Chequamegon Bay on our doorstep and several large river systems nearby.  The Iron River and Mount Valhalla hiking/riding trails, the Chequamegon National Forest and the extraordinary Apostle Island are all within a short driving distance.  With our close proximity to several larger communities, we have access to outstanding schools, churches, excellent medical facilities, great shopping, services, and fine restaurants.

The Town of Washburn, created in 1884, was probably named for Cadwaller C. Washburn, governor of Wisconsin from 1872-1874 and founder of Gold Medal Flour. The original township included the present City of Washburn, but in 1904 the city was incorporated and the town formed its own government.