Washburn (Wisconsin)

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The city of Washburn is settled on the shore of Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay in northern Wisconsin. With multiple outdoor recreational opportunities, a spectacular cultural life, and a relaxed atmosphere, Washburn is a great place for retiring, raising children, and a spectacular place to visit.

Get in[edit]

With the recent addition of numerous passing lanes between Ashland and the Twin Ports, the impact of the lack of any 4-lane highways in and out of town (save for a small stretch of U.S. 2 and WI 13 west of town) has been lessened somewhat. The major routes to the city include:

  • From the west, U.S. Highway 2 via Iron River (27 miles), Superior (65 miles) and Duluth, MN (70 miles). Also connecting to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul via Interstate 35 (215 miles).
  • From the north, WI Highway 13 via Washburn (11 miles) and Bayfield (23 miles)
  • From the east, U.S. Highway 2 via Ironwood, MI (38 miles) and Michigan's Upper Peninsula
  • From the south, WI Highway 13 via Mellen (24 miles) and Park Falls (60 miles)

Get around[edit]

Take the Bart bus, or you could just walk because everything is by each other. You also can bike around. You could boat or canoe out to island or nearby towns. Most likly you would want to bring your own car because travel would be faster and easy.


The many murals that Ashland's artists have painted on the side of landmark buildings.

Lake Superior. It's the biggest fresh water lake in the world (by surface area).

The local parks. There are several parks in town with beautiful views. More info at http://www.ashlandbaydays.com/Website/Parksnbeaches.pdf


Ashland is a gateway to year-round outdoor recreation. There's inland and Great Lakes fishing and boating, hunting, hiking, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling and dog sledding, and more seasonal festivals in the area than you can shake a stick at.


  • Outdoor allure, IGA, HOLIDAY, LEINO’S, OLSON LUMBER, HARDWARE STORE, A B C store, pharmacy, Wood Carver,

Washburn Iga, 226 West Bayfield Street, +1 715 373-5566. At the Washburn IGA you can find a variety of good food and a home town dell.

  • Outdoor Allure, 1813 West Bayfield Street, +1 715 373-0551. At the Outdoor Allure you can find all the fishing baits and tool to have success on the bay.
  • Holiday Station store, 606 Bayfield St, +1 715 373-2305. At the Holiday Station and store you can buy food for the road and pump gas at the same stop.
  • Leino's Gas & Goods, 137 West Bayfield Street, +1 715 373-5722. At Leino’s and can get a wide range of goods to go along with your gas.
  • Olson Building Materials Inc, 19 West Bayfield Street, +1 715 373-2686. At Olson Building Materials you can find any tools you need to do household jobs, or choirs.


  • Dairy Queen. From cones, sundaes, shakes, and blizzards, Dairy Queen has your favorite ice cream treats for a hot summer day.
  • Good Thyme Restaurant +1 715 373-5255; 77180 Wisconsin 13, Washburn, WI 54891; If you are looking for something a little more “classy”, Good Thyme Restaurant has exactly what you are looking for with their delicious seasonal specials and fine cuisine.
  • Steak Pit Inc +1 715 373-5492; 125 Harbor View Drive, Washburn, WI 54891; A locally owned and operated steakhouse featuring fresh meats and local fish over viewing the beautiful Chequmegon Bay.
  • Time Out Restaurant +1 715 373-5333; 4 West Bayfield Street, Washburn, WI 54891; A popular destination among locals for tasty (and affordable) breakfast meals. Also serves lunch and dinner along with daily specials.
  • Hugo's Pizza +1 715 373-0303; 905 W Bayfield Street, Washburn, WI 54891; If traditional pizza is what you crave, Hugo’s is the place for you! They offer a wide variety of freshly made pizza combinations, along with a complete traditional menu including items such as burgers, sandwiches, and appetizers.
  • Dalou's Bistro +1 715 373-1125; 310 East Bayfield Street, Washburn, WI 54891; Dalou’s Bistro features a variety of pizzas and delicious sandwiches prepared in their signature wood fire oven.
  • North Coast Coffee +1 715 373-0241; 509 West Bayfield Street, Washburn, WI 54891; A locally owned and operated coffeehouse with a wide selection of coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, teas, and baked goods.
  • Patsy's Bar +1 715 373-5792; 328 West Bayfield Street, Washburn, WI 54891; Looking to unwind after a long day out on the lake? Patsy’s Bar is a local bar that serves a wide variety of alcoholic beverages that you may want to enjoy. They also feature a “bar menu’ that includes burgers, tacos, and appetizers.
  • Coco Artisan Breads +1 715 373-2253; 146 West Bayfield Street, Washburn, WI 54891; Coco’s is a local bakery that has a wide variety of fresh baked goods and breads each and every day. They also specialize in soups, sandwiches, and desserts.


  • Super 8 WashburnHarbor View Drive +1 715 373-5671. The Super 8 Washburn is conveniently located on Hwy 13, 6 mi North of Hwy 2, adjacent to the snowmobile and ATV trail system, just 12 mi from the Apostle Islands and Bayfield, WI, right on the shores of beautiful Lake Superior, and adjacent to the Washburn Marina. The motel features free High Speed Wireless Internet, free SuperStart breakfast, hairdryers, AM/FM Clock Radios, and 24 inch televisions with HBO.
  • North Coast Inn and Chalets26 West Bay Street +1 715 373-5512. Features 18 motel and housekeeping units. Within walking distance to galleries, shops, two marinas, and restaurants. A heated shed is available with tools for sporting equipment repairs.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Washburn
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