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A former lumbering town, Hayward keeps its past alive with the Lumberjack World Championships each summer. However, fishing enthusiasts know it better as the home of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. The area is also known as the “Golf Capital of Wisconsin” with 18 courses within an hour’s drive.
The Hayward Lakes area has been a Northwoods vacation destination for generations. Year after year, people come here to enjoy the fishing and swimming, and to stroll the small town streets, stopping to buy a piece of freshly made fudge or a pair of moccasins. Each year, the Hayward/Cable area hosts two of the world’s top racing events – the American Birkebeiner cross country ski races in February and the Chequamegon Fat Tire bicycle races in September.
Fishing? You’ll catch the big one if you...
Cast your reel in any of the 200 sparkling clear water lakes in Hayward and hold on tight. Hayward is home to five world record muskies, but don't overlook our fabulous bass fishing. The bass fishing is just getting better and better with our world class smallmouth and largemouth species. Pound for pound, smallies can fight harder than any other fish.
Top photo opportunity is...
Standing in the mouth of a 4 1/2 story Fiberglass Fish. The Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame is the Northwood's favorite attraction. The museum holds over 50,000 sport fishing historical artifacts from lures and rods, to reels and accessories.
Mark these events on your calendar:
- American Birkiebeiner Ski Race
- Fishing Has No Boundaries Event
- Musky Festival
- LCO Honor the Earth Powwow
- Lumberjack World Championships
- Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
Explore your adventurous side...
By riding the trails. The Wisconsin ATV Association voted Sawyer County the #1 trail system in Wisconsin. Over 600 miles of groomed trails including the famous Dead Horse (a challenging forested 56-mile trail) and the Tuscobia (74 miles) Trails are open for snowmobiles and ATVs. For silent sports fans, we have over 300 miles of off-road mountain bike trails, marked and mapped throughout scenic wilderness areas. In the winter, silent sport enthusiasts can set their skis in the same tracks as world class athletes, and enjoy a winter vacation that confirms your health and wellness.
Only have one day to play here?
Golf one of the many courses within a 25-mile drive of Hayward. Our Northwood’s vacationland is the "Golf Capital of Wisconsin." Our 10 golf courses offer a wide variety of choices. You can play a quick round or be challenged by a championship course. We have an age-old gangster course, a Pete Dye course, historical courses with Scottish influence, traditional, modern and natural courses that compliment the environment and family-run courses with top-notch customer service. Along with outstanding golf, Hayward is home to many unique shops, restaurants, recreational activities, area artists and world-class events year round.