Welcome to the Hayward Lakes Area of Northwoods Wisconsin...your vacation paradise. Home to Woods, Waters, and World Class Events, here in Sawyer County.
Hayward boasts an old-fashioned, friendly small town atmosphere while offering the finest amenities to make it a four-season vacation destination. We pride ourselves on our unique setting and Northwoods appeal. No matter what draws you here - a variety of sports and outdoor activities, excellent dining, comfortable accommodations, unique shopping or unhurried pace - you're sure to enjoy your getaway in our corner of the Northwoods.
The Hayward Lakes Area has a rich and storied history. Prior to the turn of the 19th century, the Ojibwe people inhabited the region. With the logging boom of the early 20th century came the lumber barons and lumberjacks, clearing the virgin timber to provide the lumber for the midwestern building boom. Lumber camps sprouted along the shores of pristine lakes, and rivers were utilized to transport logs from the woods to the lumber mills. Rivers were dammed to create flowages.
Following the lumber boom, fishing camps and resort sprang up where lumber camps had been. Former logging roads became the pathways through nature for the blossoming recreation business.
Today the Chequamegon National Forest provides 850,000 acres of world class scenic trails for hiking, horseback riding, biking, birding, snowshoeing, ATVing, cross country skiing, and over 600 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Getting 'back to nature' in the Hayward Lakes Area is as easy as getting out of the car and heading down a trail. And if you're looking for an abundance of wildlife, there is plenty here to be seen, from whitetail deer dasing through the forest to eagles soring overhead and otters playing in the waves.
Unique shopping opportunities offer something for every taste, from fine art produced by regional artists to distinctly 'Northwoods' crafts. Hayward has a huge variety of shops offering wares that you're sure to love, from the finest in homemade candies and ice cream and locally roasted coffee, to gifts for friends and family and the perfect items for your home or cabin.
Spend a day or two golfing in the region, which has earned itself the title of Golf Capital of Wisconsin. There are many golf courses within a one-hour radius. Other attractions include the unique Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, where you can climb the stairways to stand behind the teeth of the three-story fiberglass musky. The kids will enjoy a visit to a wildlife park to see and in some cases even pet some of the animals that populate the Northwoods. Enjoy a lumberjack show or tube, canoe or kayak down the Namekagon, designated a part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Later, you might want to try your luck during a visit to the casino, or climb into a boat to try and catch the next World Record Musky.
We welcome you to our Northwoods hometown. We know you'll enjoy visiting any time of year, where there's always an opportunity to leave your cares behind and reconnect with nature.
Hayward...Still Unhurried...Still Uncrowded...Still a Vacation Paradise