Why Washburn County?



Recreational Reasons to Work Where You Play!

You feel like you’re on vacation every day!  There are roughly 960 lakes, over 100 miles of ATV trails, 148,000 acres of forest land, many campgrounds and public recreational areas to enjoy.  Washburn County is a premier recreation area!

Activities Include:

ATV/UTV trail riding

Fishing and Hunting

Hiking • Miles of bike trails • Cross country skiing

Train Rides

Historical & Themed Museums

Pottery Tours & Paint your own

Performing Arts

Professional Rodeo

Cranberry Festival

World’s Largest Musky Fish Hatchery

Nature Sanctuaries

National Park Interpretive Center

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We have several reasons why you should work where you play

Washburn County Economic Development Corporation has several reasons why you should consider starting a new business, expanding or possibly relocating your present business to Washburn County!

Many of you have second homes in Washburn County, and you already vacation here.  Have you ever thought of just staying?  Washburn county Economic Development Corporation and Washburn county Industrial Development Agency can help you make that possible.  WCEDC works with WCIDA to promote new business growth and the expansion of existing businesses.

WCEDC is able to provide funds for technical assistance for the development of business plans as well as marketing and managing your business.  WCIDA manages a portfolio of six different loan funds that are available for the financing of new and existing business ventures.  The interest rates of these loans vary depending on the program they originate from but are generally below market rates and terms. 

Location is everything

  1. Washburn county is the perfect location with the major highways 53, 63, 70 and 77 passing through Washburn County.  Our close proximity to the Twin Cities, Twin Ports and Eau Claire makes Washburn County the ideal business location.

  2. There are (TIF), Tax Increment Financing Districts established in Birhcwood, Minong, Shell Lake, Spooner and Stone Lake. Most of these TIF Districts have commercial lots available in them.  Several of the lots have sewer and water with 3-phase power already on site.  All TIF Districts are served with long standing reliable Utility Companies.

  3. The Villages and Cities have storefront buildings and space available for rent or possible sale in the downtown business districts. These business buildings are available for viewing and contract review with our local realtors who work closely with the Washburn County Economic Development Corporation. 

  4. Washburn County has excellent k-12 education systems in Birchwood, Minong, Shell Lake and Spooner. Washburn County also has five post secondary schools within 30-90 minutes of any City or Village in the County.  Access to the most reliable family health care is also located within minutes of these areas.

Conveniently Located to Larger Cities

Eau Claire- 81 Miles

Minneapolis-110 Miles

La Crosse- 165 Miles

Madison-256 Miles

Green Bay-257 Miles

Milwaukee-324 Miles

Chicago-395 Miles