people call Washburn home

Washburn is where history was made, but its future is built on families, entrepreneur spirit and rich opportunities. The community’s amenities to include an innovative school system, accessible health care, affordable housing, churches, career opportunities and year-round activities make Washburn a wonderful place to raise a family.

High school girls basketball game in Washburn North Dakota

Washburn has a highly-rated school system with 350 students in the entire district. The district consistently scores in the top 25% in reading and math scores across age ranges.  Educational opportunities have been expanded at Washburn High School to include ITV classes which offer foreign languages, advanced math and sciences, art classes and college level courses for students as well as the community.

  • University of Mary is only 40 miles away from Washburn. UMary is a private, Catholic University with more than  3,000 Students offering 48 Undergraduate Majors, eight Master’s Degrees, and one Doctoral Degree.
  • Bismarck State College offers a wide range of options to prepare for a good job in two years or less including.
  • United Tribes Technical College  is located in Bismarck and offers certificates, associates degrees, and bachelors degrees.
Toddler going to preschool in Washburn ND


  • Tiny Toes LLC – 701-462-3313

Preschool in Washburn

  • Washburn Elementary School – 701-462-3261
Children playing Soccer in Washburn ND

Washburn is an active community with many organizations its residents can join and support. Volunteers help make Washburn a healthy and strong community. If you are new in town or would just like to become more involved please consider joining one of the following organizations.


Family and Sports Groups

Dancing at community events in Washburn

Missouri River Bluegrass Festival

June at Cross Ranch State Park

Music in Harmony Park

June at Harmony Park

Hometown Light Festival

November on Main Street

Riverboat Days

June - Around the Washburn area


February at Cross Ranch State Park

Candy Caravan

October - Business Trick-or-Treating in the Washburn Community
Playgrounds in Washburn nd

Riverside Park

The Washburn Park Board maintains two major parks, Riverside and Pool Side, and several neighborhood parks throughout the city. Riverside Park is located along the Missouri River and features a paved walking trail, public boat ramp and dock, the historical Sioux Ferry, picnic shelters, fireplaces, a playground and a nine-hole Frisbee golf course. The park also offers a primitive camping area for both tents and campers. The Pool Side Park is adjacent to the Washburn public swimming pool in downtown Washburn and features brand-new playground equipment and a picnic shelter.

Poolside Park

The Washburn Swimming Pool, located downtown adjacent to Poolside Park, is a retreat for all ages during the hot summer days. Open June through August, the large pool has a separate baby pool, two swimming areas, lap pool and two diving board. Swimming lessons and water aerobics are also offered. The pool lifeguards are certified by the Red Cross. The swimming pool is maintained by the Washburn Park Board and season tickets or one-day passes can be purchased right at the pool facilities or you can call 701-462-8255.

An owner and dog enjoying the Community Dog Park in Washburn ND

Walking Trail

A  4.5 mile walking trail that starts in downtown Washburn, runs along the Missouri River, through Riverside Park and on to the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center allows visitors and residents a place to walk, bike and enjoy the scenery and nature.

Dog Park

The Washburn Dog Park was established n 2018 and is located at 90 Main Ave. The park is open every day from sunrise to sunset. Dogs must be licensed and display a license tag at all times.

First Lutheran Church

Across from the McLean County courthouse at 709 5th Ave.
Sunday worship is at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday
Coffee/fellowship hour at 10:30 AM.
Sunday school at 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. from September to May

Washburn Baptist Church

Sunday school services at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday morning worship is at 10:30 a.m.
Adult and student bible studies
701-462-3634 or 701-462-3521.

St Edwin's Catholic Church

Located on Northgate Road
Call 462-8450 for Mass times and information.
Religious Education Schedule: Preschool-6th Graders – Wed – 7:00 pm 7th-10th Graders – Wed – 7:30 pm

United Methodist Church

Sunday morning worship at 10:15 a.m.
Children’s Sunday school Sept. – May at 9:15 a.m.
Summer coffee fellowship at 9:30 a.m.

Birka Lutheran

Nine miles west of the town of Falkirk.
Sunday service at 8:30 am.
Communion 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month

News from around Washburn
Summer Campfire
Camping near Washburn is easy and a great way to enjoy the outdoors. There are campsites in town, and at
Girl fishing on Missouri River near Washburn ND
There are many trails in and around Washburn for all levels of bicycle riding. The Washburn Discovery Bike Trail is
There are many trails in and around Washburn for all levels of bicycle riding. The Washburn Discovery Bike Trail is
There are many ways to enjoy the Missouri River near Wasbhurn including kayaking, pontooning and every other kind of boating.
The Washburn Frisbee Golf Course is a 9-hole course that provides stunning views of the Missouri River. The course was
Playing golf is a good way to get outside and enjoy the sunshine this summer. Washburn, ND has a wonderful
Yesterday, Clint Hill was honored as the 44th recipient of North Dakota's prestigious Rough Rider award. What an honor to have
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    The clear skies and the old elevator near Washburn ND