Washburn is a city in Bayfield County, in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 2,280 at the 2000 census. The city is just east of and adjacent to the Town of Washburn. It is in northern Wisconsin, on the shore of Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay.
Wisconsin Highway 13 serves as a main arterial route in the community.
Founded in 1879, the city was named for Cadwallader C. Washburn, Republican governor of Wisconsin from 1872 until 1874.