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Washburn County, created in 1883 from Burnett County, is named after Cadwallader Washburn, a Civil War colonel, Wisconsin governor, US congressman, and president of the State Historical Society. Located in northwest Wisconsin, the county seat is Shell Lake.

Land Area 809.68 sq miles Click for Shell Lake, Wisconsin Forecast
Water Area 43.37 sq miles
Elevation 1,230 ft at Shell Lake
Number of Lakes 964
Area in Lakes 31,265 acres (48.85 sq miles)
Rivers Brill, Clam, Namekagon, Ounce, Totagatic, Yellow
Major Watershed St Croix River (North), Chippewa River (South)
Geographical Province North: Northern Highland. Central and south: Central Plain
Natural Vegetation Northern two-thirds: jackpine and prairie grasses; areas of black spruce, tamarack, and cedar interspersed with white and red pine. Southern third: maple, hemlock, and yellow birch.
Border Counties  
Douglas County
Sawyer County
Barron County
Burnett County

Washburn County Government and Local Information Resources
County Web Site
County Clerk Office of the County Clerk
PO Box 639
Shell Lake, WI 54871
Phone: 715-468-4600
County Parks Forestry Department
850 W Beaverbrook Ave, Ste 4
Spooner, WI 54801
Phone: 715-635-4490
Birth & Death Certificates, Marriage Records Register of Deeds
PO Box 607
Shell Lake, WI 54871
Phone: 715-468-4616
UW-Extension UW-Extension, Washburn County
850 W Beaverbrook Ave, Ste 1
Spooner, WI 54801
Phone: 715-635-4444

Tourism, Relocation & Business Development Birchwood Area Lakes Association
2388 N Cnty F
Birchwood, WI 54817
Phone: 715-354-3771
  Long Lake Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 19
Sarona, WI 54870
Phone: 715-354-3533
  Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 121
Shell Lake, WI 54871-0121
Phone: 715-468-2270
  Spooner Area Chamber of Commerce
122 N River St
Spooner, WI 54801-1445
Phone: 715-635-2168
  Stone Lake Area Tourism Information
16199W Musky Point Dr
Stone Lake, WI 54876
Phone: 715-865-2486
  Washburn County Tourism Assn
122 N River St
Spooner, WI 54801
Phone: 715-635-9696

Historical and Genealogical Societies Birchwood Area Historical Society
PO Box 247
Birchwood, WI 54817
Phone: 715-354-7300
  Gordon-Wascott Historical Society
15785 S Newsome Rd
Minong, WI 54859
Phone: 715-466-2268
  Stone Lake Area Historical Society
PO Box 95
Stone Lake, WI 54876
Phone: 715-865-4734
  Washburn County Genealogical Society
PO Box 366
Shell Lake, WI 54871
  Washburn County Historical Society
PO Box 366
Shell Lake, WI 54871
Phone: 715-635-7996
  WIGenWebProject, Washburn County

Washburn County - Northern Waters Library Service
Shell Lake Public Library
P.O. Box 318
501 1st Street
Shell Lake 54871
Spooner Memorial Library
421 High Street
Spooner 54801

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