Top Things to Do Around Hayward, Wisconsin | Midwest Living

Top Things to Do Around Hayward, Wisconsin

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.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest About an hour northeast of Hayward, more than 1.5 million acres of water and woods draw visitors for days filled with boating, fishing, camping, hiking, hunting and mountain biking.

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 more than 300 mounted record catches.

Golf Dubbed the Golf Capital of Wisconsin, the Hayward region has nine courses within 30 miles. Big Fish Golf Club was designed by Pete Dye to mix easygoing and challenging holes.

Honor the Earth Pow-Wow Drumming, singing and dancing share Ojibwe 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 at the Lumberjack Bowl.

Lumberjack competiton

Lumberjack competition

Musky Festival Bring your rod and reel for fishing contests, but don’t forget the arts and crafts, music, and carnival.

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Splash your way from Hayward to Trego on the Namekagon River section of the riverway, a low-hazard whitewater canoe trip through one of the Midwest’s least-developed areas. Great blue herons, bald eagles, trumpeter swans and osprey make frequent appearances.


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.

Farmstead Creamery and Cafe The barn-shape building houses a bakery, market and creamery, selling foods such as homemade gelato  and from-scratch lunches. Special events include pizza nights and a music series.

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

The Landing Lake views enhance hearty sandwiches of walleye or tender sirloin.

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

Rookery Pub Fine Dining Local ingredients get creative twists at this upscale diner in Cable. Try steak with three-mushroom herb risotto or pistachio walleye.

West’s Hayward Dairy and Ice Cream Cafe Cones disappear under scoops of flavors, such as Church Basement Lemon Bar or Licorice Chip.

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.

Deerfoot Lodge & Resort A motel and nine cabins, including one on a peninsula, overlook the Chippewa Flowage. Guests enjoy a beach, playground, boat rentals and fishing.

Hayward KOA Amenities such as a heated pool and mini golf course draw families to this RV-centric campground outside downtown. Inner tube and kayak rentals get travelers onto the Namekagon River.

Hayward KOA

Hayward KOA

McCormick House Settle in at the luxurious 1880s Victorian mansion-turned-B&B, with six guest rooms and an English garden. ​

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

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 vacation in one of five resorts on the Chippewa Flowage. All offer heated pools, tennis courts, boat rentals, fishing and more. ​

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