Of Lakes and Lumberjacks: Hayward Offers Forests, Fishing, and Much More

Hayward is a classic northwoods destination

John Straub

The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward. (PHOTO BY DOWNSPEC / CC BY-SA 4.0)
The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward. (PHOTO BY Downspec / CC BY-SA 4.0)

From beautiful camping grounds and lucious scenery, from Musky Fest to the Lumberjack World Championships, Hayward encompasses both exhilarating entertainment, and the heart of Wisconsin’s Northwoods.

Being less than a two-hour trip from the Chippewa Valley, Hayward was practically made for to be your vacation desination.

If you’re looking to really take advantage of Hayward’s ample forests, the area boasts a ton of campgrounds. These include – but are not limited to – the bustling Treeland Resorts, equipped with deluxe motel suites and boat rental for travel on the “Big Chip,” or the peaceful Boulder Lodge, which has a boat launch right on Ghost Lake; its waters being surrounded by the beautiful Chequamegon National Forest.

Speaking of water, Hayward has many gorgeous lakes to boat and fish on. Trego Lake, for example, consists of 450 acres full of walleye, bass, and pike to satisfy your fishing needs. Another great example is Callahan Lake, which is fed from the Chief River, which in turn goes into the Chippewa Flowage, making it a prime spot to catch a huge variety of fish.

The Lumberjack World Championships. (lumberjackworldchampionships.com)
The Lumberjack World Championships. (Photo via lumberjackworldchampionships.com)

Hayward also has many iconic events and festivities going on all year long – you’ll definitely find something just for you. Two major events coming up this summer include the 73rd Musky Festival and the annual Lumberjack National Championships.

Musky Fest celebrates Hayward’s fishing tradition and the record-setting muskies caught in area lakes, and it’s fun for the whole family. Held downtown, Musky Fest comes with a carnival, live music, a run/walk, and of course, their grand fishing competition, the Fishing Has No Boundaries Fishing Contest.

Fans of fishing should also check out the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, where they can see the world’s largest muskie: a 143-foot-long fiberglass beast that visitors can climb inside!

The Lumberjack World Championships are an international competition to find the best-of-the-best in the art of the lumberjack: Participating athletes showcase skills in chopping or sawing, speed pole climbing, log rolling, and more! It’s a true feat of international strength.

In 2023, Musky Fest will be June 23-25 while the Lumberjack World Championships will be July 20-22. Discover more about Hayward at haywardareachamber.com