The city of Hayward is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the Northwoods and all of Wisconsin as a whole. The population of Hayward’s year-round residents is 2,318 with this number increasing during the summer months.

The Hayward area is known around the country for its spectacular fishing, hence why it’s the home of the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. There are tons of different lakes to fish in in the area, but some of the more well-known ones are Lac Courte Oreilles, Grindstone Lake, Spider Lake, and Windigo Lake. The Hayward area is also home to the Chippewa Flowage, a chain of many different lakes that are known for pulling trophy-sized Northern Pike and Muskellunge. There are tons of guides to pick from around Hayward, so it won’t be hard to get on the water and chase those trophy fish.

The Fresh Water Hall of Fame is the easiest attraction to spot in Hayward because of the giant 140+ foot sculpture of a Musky. This museum was created for the 50 million anglers across the country who enjoy fishing for sport. The giant Musky has been named a “Shrine to Anglers” and provides an incredible view of Hayward and the surrounding lakes. In the museum itself, you’ll find over 50,000 fishing artifacts from tackle to pictures. There are also 300 mounted fish and about 1000 vintage motors on display. The museum offers membership programs where you can get free admission for supporting the museum.

Looking for a place to take the kids during the week? Check out the Wilderness Walk Zoo right outside of Downtown Hayward. This Northwoods zoo offers kids the chance to play with the baby animals and pet the deer. There are many animals on display at the zoo including tigers, goats, tortoises, deer, cows, and much more. It’s a laid-back experience that parents and kids alike will surely enjoy! For more information, check out their website here.

Hayward is the premier Northwoods vacation destination and offers so much to residents and visitors alike. If you’re looking to buy a property in the Hayward area, check out some of the listings below and contact an agent today!


11017W HWY 77
Hayward, WI 54843
  • 1 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1200 sq.ft.