Washburn County

Washburn County
Town of Reserve, Washburn County; Photographer: Michelle Thielke
County Seat: Shell Lake

10 4th Ave.

City: Shell Lake
Zip: 54871
Phone: 715-468-4600
Land Area: 809.7 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, Totagatic, Yellow
Major Watershed: St. Croix River (North), Chippewa River (South)
Geographical Province: North: Northern Highland; Central and South: Central Plain

Northern two-thirds: Jack pine and prairie grasses; areas of black spruce, tamarack and cedar interspersed with white and red pine. Southern third: Maple, hemlock and yellow birch.


1930: 11,103
1970: 10,601
1980: 13,174
1990: 13,772
2000: 16,036
2010: 15,911
2020: 16,623

WCA District: Northwest

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