The Hayward Lakes Area of Northern Wisconsin welcomes anglers of all ages to fish the over 50,000 acres of glacial lakes and rivers of Sawyer County.
Home to world record muskies and the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, Hayward, Wisconsin is your vacation destination for excellent fishing!
The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest contains over 2000 miles of streams (nearly 1400 miles are classified as trout water), 607 lakes greater than ten acres in size, over 400 spring ponds, and 324,000 acres of wetland. The Hayward, Wisconsin Area Lakes’ wide diversity of prime habitat hosts numerous species of fish. Walleye, crappies, large and small mouth bass, jumbo perch, musky, and plentiful panfish.
Area Lake Information
Staying in and around the Hayward Lakes Area of Northern Wisconsin offers a wide array of lodging. From intown accommodations; to popular lakeside resorts; to quiet, secluded retreats; to your own private cabin or home; Hayward Lakes will help you make memories to last a lifetime.
Barker Lake – Barker Lake is easily reached by County B. Muskie, northern, walleye, large and small mouth bass and pan fish abound in this ideal setting for a pleasant vacation. Barker Lake covers more than 238 acres of water and depths reaching up to 12 feet.
Big Lake Chetac – Lake Chetac flows south from Edgewater to The Narrows, the channel flowing south between Lake Chetac and Big Birch Lake, near Birchwood with 1,920 acres of northern, walleye, bass and pan fish waters. Maximum depth is 28 feet and averages 12 to 18 feet. Chetac still maintains a northern ambience, with a feeling of uncrowded freedom. Big Lake Chetac is located 25 miles south of Hayward on County F.
Big Sissabagama Lake – Excellent fishing water in Sawyer County. Big Sissabagama Lake covers more than 719 acres and reaches depths up to 48 feet.
Birch Lake – Big Birch Lake, a lake of considerable less length and girth of Lake Chetac, is unique in other ways. Its 368 acres contain deeper waters, 73 feet maximum, 24 foot mean depth and more structure, bars and drop-offs, for that most elusive game fish. The walleye. Birch Lake is located 26 miles south of Hayward on County T.
Blueberry Lake – Come and experience Blueberry Lake, one of the small wonders of the Northwoods. Covering more than 250 acres of water and depths reaching up to 29 feet, this lake offers you and your family an abundant supply of walleye, bass, and pan fish. Blueberry Lake, only 20 minutes east of Hayward.
Callahan Lake – Callahan Lake, first settled in 1914 by legendary lumberjack Callahan Bill Streveas, is now one of the most secluded and private lakes in the area. Callahan Lake is fed from Chief River, which then flows into the Chippewa Flowage, making a stopping place for many fish. Floating bogs, islands, and open waters provide for an anglers paradise to catch musky and large mouth bass. Callahan Lake is located 12 miles east of Hayward on County Highway B.
Chippewa Flowage – Wisconsin’s largest wilderness lake. With more than 17,000 acres of water, 140 islands and over 200 miles of undeveloped shoreline, the Chippewa Flowage offers you a world of opportunity. Enjoy the thrill of a fighting musky, elusive walleye, slab crappie, numerous small or large mouth bass, jumbo perch and plentiful pan fish.
Clam Lake – Clam Lake is easily reached by County 77. Muskie, walleye, large and small mouth bass and pan fish abound in this ideal setting for a pleasant vacation. Calm Lake covers 229 acres of water and depths reaching up to 22 feet.
Drummond – Escape to the Quiet Beauty of Scenic Drummond Lake which is a 97 acre lake in Bayfield County with a depth of 49 feet. You will catch Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, and Walleye.
Ghost Lake – Escape to the beauty and peace of the Quiet Lakes. Ghost Lake, a wild, wandering flowage. Set deep in the unspoiled Chequamegon National Forest and blessed with a 10 mph speed limit, no motor size limit, prohibiting water skiing, unique to the Midwest. Ghost Lake features over 372 acres of water and depths reaching 12 feet. Muskie, walleye, largemouth bass and pan fish. Ghost Lake located 20 miles northeast of Hayward on Highway 77.
Grindstone Lake – Making one large 3,000 acre loop through hardwoods and much pines, and bordered by magnificent beaches, Grindstone Lake holds its place as one of the areas favorite vacation spots and fishing lakes. Grindstone features depths reaching 60 feet. Muskie, northern pike, Large and Small Mouth Bass, Walleye and Pan fish. Grindstone Lake is located 5 miles southeast of Hayward on Hwy K.
Hoinville Lake – Hoinville Lake is a 60 acre lake located in Washburn County. It has a maximum depth of 23 feet. Fish include Panfish and Largemouth Bass
Lac Courte Oreilles – The clear, spring fed waters of the Lac Courte Oreilles Chain of Lakes, pronounced Lake Couderay, remains a popular escape for all kinds of travelers. Explore the 4800 acres of water and many weed beds where musky, northern pike, large and smallmouth bass, walleye pike, pan fish and numerous crappies find their homes. Lac Courte Oreilles is located 9 miles south of Hayward on Hwy 27.
Lake Hayward – An excellent fishing water. Lake Hayward covers more than 247 acres and reaches depths up to 17 feet. Musky, walleye, large and small mouth and pan fish. Lake Hayward is located in the City of Hayward on Hwy 27.
Lake Namakagon – The tenth largest natural lake in Wisconsin, Lake Namakagon features 90 miles of undeveloped shoreline, 3200 acres of water and depths reaching up to 51 feet, which creates a plentiful source of recreational fun. Lake Namakagon is located 27 mile drive northeast of Hayward, on County Truck M.
Lake St. Croix – Lake St. Croix is located in Solon Springs in Douglas County. It is 828 acres in size with the maximum depth of 22 feet. Large mouth bass, small mouth bass, pike and walleye find their home in this body of water.
Long Lake – The Walleye Capital of Wisconsin, Long Lake in Washburn County is a picturesque 3,300 acre, 19 mile long lake reaching depths of over 70 feet. The clear, spring-fed water, cool deep bays, gravel bars, pristine setting, and miles of undeveloped shoreline make a productive year-round fishery for walleye as well as large and small mouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and northern pike.
Lost Land Lake – Escape to the beauty and peace of the Quiet Lakes. Lost Land Lake, headwaters of the Chippewa Flowage, lost on early logging maps. Set deep in the unspoiled Chequamegon National Forest and blessed with a 10 mph speed limit, no motor size limit, prohibiting water skiing, unique to the Midwest. Lost Land Lake features over 1300 acres of water and depths reaching 21 feet. Muskie, walleye, northern pike, large and smallmouth bass and pan fish. Lost Land Lake is located 20 miles northeast of Hayward on Highway 77.
Moose Lake – Travel into the vast Chequamegon National Forest and discover the beautiful nine mile long flowage waters of Moose Lake. Moose Lake reaches depths up to 32 feet and is fed by three rivers and many springs, where musky and walleye enjoy the weed beds and the root beer flowage waters. Moose Lake is located 25 miles east of Hayward between Highway 77 and County Trunk B on Moose Lake.
Namekagon River – Approximately 95 miles long, it varies from an intimate cold-water trout stream, closed in by a predominantly coniferous forest, to a slow-moving body of water which flows through marsh and swamp land. A narrow, twisting river, it is best navigated by canoe or kayak.
Nelson Lake – The Totogatic River, a highly productive fishing river, was damned in 1934 to form what we know as Nelson Lake. Covering more than 3,000 acres of water, 31 miles of shoreline, and depths reaching 33 feet, Nelson Lake provides northern pike, walleye pike, bass and pan fish which find their homes in the many weed beds and inlets, and over the thousands of acres of root beer flowage waters. Nelson Lake is 5 miles north of Hayward on Highway 27 or 63.
Round Lake – Round Lakes are two of the finest bodies of crystal clear, spring-fed water to be found anywhere. Big and Little Round waters cover more than 3,000 acres, reach depths up to 74 feet and connect by a navigable channel. The many bays, weed beds and bars on the Rounds provide an excellent fishing environment. Round Lake is located 6 miles east of Hayward on Hwy 77 or County Trunk B.
Sand Lake – Excellent fishing water. Sand Lake covers more than 928 acres and reaches depths up to 50 feet. Musky, walleye, large and small mouth and pan fish. Sand Lake is located 12 miles south of Hayward on Hwy 27.
Spider Lake Chain – Nestled in the majestic forests of spruce, balsam and hardwood trees, lies the Spider Lake Chain of Lakes. The finest of anglers explore more than 1600 acres of shoreline and depths up to 43 feet of clear spring fed water. Experience the irregular shoreline and countless weed beds where musky, crappie, walleye, bass and pan fish find their homes. The Spider Lake Chain is located 15 miles northeast of Hayward on Highway 77.
Summit Lake – Summit Lake is 61 acres in size. It is 22 feet deep at its deepest point. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass.
Teal Lake – Escape to the beauty and peace of the Quiet Lakes. Teal Lake, with its six wilderness island. Set deep in the unspoiled Chequamegon National Forest and blessed with a 10 mph speed limit, no motor size limit, prohibiting water skiing, unique to the Midwest. Teal Lake features over 1049 acres of water and depths reaching 31 feet. Muskie, walleye, northern pike, large and smallmouth bass and pan fish. Teal Lake is located 20 miles northeast of Hayward on Highway 77.
Tiger Cat Flowage – A combined area of 1,700 acres makes up the Tiger Cat Chain of Lakes. The six lakes are well known for their prolific musky and bass population. Walleye pike and pan fish also find their homes in the root beer flowage waters reaching depths up to 14 feet. East of Hayward 11 miles on Hwy 77 or Hwy B.
Trego Lake – In the heart of Washburn County, the Namekagon River, one of the top ranking canoe rivers in the state, forms the waters of Trego Lake. These cold waters offer a variety of fishing, covering more than 450 acres of water and depths reaching up to 36 feet. The walleye, bass and northern pike await your lures. Trego Lake is located 21 miles southwest of Hayward at the junction of Highways 53 and 63.