News & Notices


The Town of Washington is seeking to hire an additional transfer station attendant during the busy summer months. The position is seasonal only, from approximately Memorial Day to Labor Day. 8 AM to 12 noon. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Residency in the town is not required.

To download the job description and application for employment click here.

Pond Hockey National Championships will be held on February 11-13 on Dollar Lake located off East Dollar Lake Road.

Be aware that East Dollar Lake Road will be ONE WAY NORTHBOUND during that time.

Notice of New or Updated Ordinance Ch 12 click here.

Notice of New or Updated Ordinance Ch 2 click here.

Women on Snow will be conducting their annual snowmobile event at Eagle Waters Resort on January 27-30. Chain O'Lakes Rd from Eagle Lake Boat Landing Rd to Hwy 45 is a temporary snowmobile route during the event and will be appropriately signed. Other town snowmobile routes may be used by the group during the event. Please be aware of increased snowmobile usage of town snowmobile routes at this time.

The Town of Washington sledding hill is now open. It is located at 1850 Rangeline Rd at the entrance to the town transfer station. Benches are present, and there is adequate parking for approximately 20 vehicles. The sledding hill is groomed by the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club as a service to the community at no charge to the town. Caution is advised while sledding as the hill may be icy. Use of the hill is contingent upon adequate snow. The sledding hill is open to everyone - not only Town of Washington residents.

SonicNet was awarded one of the American Rescue Plan Act's Wisconsin PSC broadband grants, which will provide funding to install a fiber-to-the-home network around Bass Lake and off-shoot roads such as Snowshoe Lane and East Cranberry Lake Road. Read the press release here

The brush site is closed for the season.

Please note the updated procedures at the transfer station:

  • 2 vehicles are allowed in both the drive-through and side entrance

  • Backing up is prohibited for safety reasons

  • You may not walk your garbage or recyclables in

Please be mindful of those waiting in line. Empty your garbage quickly and limit conversation.

NOTE: CHANGES TO OBTAINING BURN PERMITS. As of January 1,2021, the Department of Natural Resources will NOT be issuing burning permits in-person from Emergency Fire Wardens or by DNR personnel at state offices until further notice. Burning permits are REQUIRED to burn.

Permits are free and can be obtained online and instantly emailed, or issued over the phone and delivered via postal service within 3-5 business days. The public is encouraged to plan ahead.

The Town of Washington will be developing a forest management plan.
With approximately 1,400 acres of town-owned land, we have enlisted the help of the WDNR in developing a forest management plan for these lands. The plan is officially known as a Stewardship Plan.


Our local WDNR Vilas County Forester, Jill Nemec, will be leading the effort. Sean Davison, WDNR Forester and member of our CWPP team, will be working with Jill.


Some of the benefits include:

  • Providing an inventory of forest resources (e.g. forest cover types, approximate timber volumes, tree ages).

  • Providing a schedule of forest management activities to follow in order to meet land management objectives.

  • Once a Stewardship Plan is prepared and adopted by the Township, the Town can apply to become a Community Forest. Benefits of this program include free trees or seed from the State Nursery and technical assistance from DNR Foresters to implement forest management practices and tree planting plans.

  • Implementing practices within the plan can help the Town sustain their forest resource for future generations while generating periodic income. Managed forests are typically healthy forests.

The Stewardship Plan will give us a good snapshot of our current land holdings and provide us with a basic framework of forest management practices.
There is NO COST for the development of this plan. We thank the WDNR and Jill for working with us to develop the plan!


We'll keep you posted as the plan develops.

Please note only #1 and #2 plastics are accepted for recycling.

Some examples of #1 plastics are soda bottles, water bottles, cooking oil bottles, and medicine containers, peanut butter jars, mouthwash bottles, and salad dressing bottles. They are glossy, rigid containers that sink in water.

Some examples of #2 plastics are containers for laundry/dish detergent, milk, shampoo, conditioner, butter tubs, and motor oil bottles. They are rigid containers that usually have a milky or solid color.

Look for the #1 and #2 symbols on the bottom of the containers. These are the only containers to be placed in the recycle compactor. Place all other plastics (#3 - #7) in the garbage compactor.

Print 2022 Recycling Guidelines here

HELP WANTED: The Town of Washington is hoping ro reinstitute the Adopt A Road program. Due to unforseen circumstances, our present coordinator is unable to continue in that position.

We are therefore in need of a coordinator to manage the Adopt A Road program. If you would like more information about the program, please contact Carole here or by phone at 715-479-6873.

Oak Wilt, a 100% fatal disease of oak trees, has been confirmed at seven locations in the Town of Washington. To read more about it click here.

The 2021 Town of Washington newsletter is available here.

REMINDER: Short term rentals are defined as a "residential dwelling that is offered for rent for a fee and for fewer than 29 consecutive days."

Short term rental property owners must register with the Town of Washington and obtain an Accomodations Tax Permit.

Most short term rentals are required to obtain a "tourist rooming house" license fron the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Such a license is required for vacation homes, cabins and cottages that are rented out for more than 10 nights in a 12 month period.

The short term rental law requires owners of short term rentals and lodging marketplaces (Airbnb & VRBO) with a nexus in Wisconsin to collect state sales and use tax and any room tax owed from the person renting the residential dwelling.

PLEASE NOTE: Cardboard larger than 2' X 2' is NOT ACCEPTED at the transfer station as it causes the compactor to jam. Please ensure cardboard boxes are flattened.

Please note the phone number for the Town Shop 715-477-2024.

Do you need to dispose of old computer equipment or appliances? Recycling vouchers are still available. Voucher is limited to a maximum of $15. Contact the Town Clerk here to get your voucher.