Hayward Area Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Hayward Area Trip Guide

In northwest Wisconsin, days bring hiking in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and paddling the Namekagon River; nights bring campfires, cozy cabins and starry skies. Check out our picks for what to do, where to eat and where to stay in the Hayward area.


Art Beat In Hayward, 60 artists from around the nation display their works, including pottery, jewelry, photography, glass and sculpture. artbeatofhayward.com

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest About an hour northeast of Hayward, the wooded Morgan Falls Trail (1.2 miles round-trip) leads to 70-foot Morgan Falls. fs.usda.gov

Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame Snap a selfie in the gaping jaws of the half-city-block-long leaping musky. Anglers will appreciate cases of flies and tackle, boat motors and replicas of record catches. freshwater-fishing.org

Golf Dubbed the Golf Capital of Wisconsin, the Hayward region has 10 courses within 25 miles. Big Fish Golf Club was designed by Pete Dye to mix easy-going and challenging holes. golfbigfish.com

Honor the Earth Pow-Wow Drumming, singing and dancing share Native American culture the third weekend of July, during one of North America’s largest powwows. Honor the Earth Pow-Wow Facebook page

Lumberjack World Championships Wood chips and sawdust fly during this celebration of the logging heritage of northern Wisconsin in Lumberjack Village (July 20-22, 2017). lumberjackworldchampionships.com

Lumberjack competiton

Lumberjack competition

Musky Festival Bring your rod and reel for fishing contests June 23–25, 2017, but don’t forget the arts and crafts, music and carnival. muskyfest.com

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Splash your way from Hayward to Trego on the Namekagon River section of the riverway, a low-hazard white-water canoe trip through one of the Midwest’s least developed areas. Great blue herons, bald eagles and osprey are frequently sighted. nps.gov


Coop’s Pizza The North Woods-style eatery is popular for its pizzas. But the menu caters to many palates with subs, burgers and chicken. coopspizza.com

Farmstead Creamery and Cafe The barn houses the cafe, which serves coffee, tea, baked goods and homemade meals like potpies and gourmet toasted cheese sandwiches. northstarhomestead.com

Firehouse Bakery and Deli Make a lunch of old-world breads, Wisconsin cheese, salads and sweets. Firehouse Bakery and Deli Facebook page

Hayward Bakery and Cheese Shop Old-world breads, Wisconsin cheese, salads and sweets make a solid lunch. Hayward Bakery and Cheese Shop Facebook page

The Landing Lake views enhance hearty sandwiches of walleye or tender sirloin. thelanding-lco.com

Lost Land Lake Lodge Dine at the Friday night fish fry and all-you-can-eat meals in a wood-paneled lodge over- looking quiet Lost Land Lake. lostlandlakelodge.com

Rookery Pub Fine Dining Local ingredients get creative twists at this upscale diner in Cable. Try fennel-crusted pork loin, pan-seared pheasant and fresh fish specials. rookerypub.com

West’s Hayward Dairy and Ice Cream Cafe Cones disappear under scoops of Church Basement Lemon Bar or Licorice Chip—all made on-site. westsdairy.com

West's Hayward Dairy and Ice Cream Cafe

West's Hayward Dairy


Birch Point Resort Boaters enjoy easy access to Nelson Lake. Cabins have water views. birchpoint-resort.com

Hayward KOA Amenities galore draw families to this RV-centric campground outside downtown. A heated pool, arcade and mini golf course highlight the 28-acre wooded campground; inner tube and kayak rentals get travelers onto the Namekagon River. haywardkoa.com

Hayward KOA

Hayward KOA

McCormick House Settle in at the luxurious 1880s Victorian mansion-turned-B&B, with six tastefully decorated guest rooms, an English garden and amenities like preprogrammed iPods and a DVD library. mccormickhouseinn.com

Spider Lake Lodge Bed and Breakfast Built in the 1920s, this getaway feels like a century-old Adirondack-camp. Seven rooms cater to grown-ups (kids must be at least 12). spiderlakelodge.com

Spider Lake Lodge Bed and Breakfast

Spider Lake Lodge Bed and Breakfast

Treeland Resorts and Timber Cove Many families make it an annual tradition to stay in the 28 homes and cabins or 10 motel suites to take advantage of the pool, playground, tennis court, boat access and lodge with a restaurant, ice cream fountain and game room. treelandresorts.com

For more information: haywardlakes.com

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