The Bayfield County seat, the city of Washburn is midway between Ashland, Wisconsin and Bayfield on Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior. The town was founded in 1883 as a lake port for the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railroad. In 1896 it became the seat of government for Bayfield County.
Superior Vistas Bike Tour - June 23rd
Board Across the Bay - July 26 -27
North Coast Car Show - July 28
Brownstone Block Party
July 27 - 29
Washburn Chamber of Commerce
Washburn Woodcarver and
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In addition to being the county seat and a Lake Superior port city, its growth was fueled by its mature forests and abundant sandstone, called brownstone, used in numerous buildings including some prominent architecture in Minneapolis and Chicago. Several historic brownstone buildings remain in the city, including the 1890s Washburn Cultural Center shown above.
The town offers antique and artisan shops, and decent shopping for groceries, hardware, gas, and amenities one would expect of the county seat. Perhaps its major tourist attraction are a pair of lakeside parks and campgrounds on either end of town: Memorial Park and Thompson's West End Park. The two parks are joined by a scenic lakeside hiking trail. We have camped at each park and like them both; each has its strengths.
Great Lake Superior Sunrises
Early in the morning the sun rises over Chequamegon Bay as seen from Washburn's Memorial Park campground. > > >
A number of Lake Superior sunrises pictured in these pages were taken in Washburn.
< < < Another Chequamegon Bay sunrise.
And here is a Lake Superior moonrise as seen from Memorial Park. > > >
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Some Washburn Area Links
Some Popular Bayfield Visitor Attractions
SuperiorTrails.com - Reinhold Development - 2021
Best Ashland & Bayfield Wisconsin Area Campgrounds
Lake Superior Camping
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Best Camping along Lake Superior.
See our guide to interesting and fun things to see and do on Madeline Island.
See photos from our recent Apostle Islands
Sea Caves cruise.
Apostle Islands Sea Caves Hiking Trail is about a 3.5 mile round trip from Meyers Beach to the Bayfield Sea Caves
Lake Superior Travel Directories
Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival is one of the top midwest dragonboat race and festivals.
Bayfield is the gateway to the Apostle Islands and Madeline Island.
Fun things to see and do including great Burger & Pizza Bars in Superior Wisconsin
Take a scenic drive of
farms and orchards in the Bayfield area.
Hotel, Motel Lodging
Ashland, Superior, Ironwood, Wisconsin South Shore