No one can resist a photo op in the gaping jaws of the half-city-block-long leaping musky at the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.
Old-world breads, Wisconsin cheese, salads and sweets make a solid lunch at Hayward Bakery and Cheese Shop.
Celebrate the logging heritage of northern Wisconsin at the annual Lumberjack World Championships (July 23–25, 2015) in Lumberjack Village.
Pair pork with wine at upscale The Steakhouse and Lodge then grab ice cream cones loaded with scoops of Church Basement Lemon Bar or Licorice Chip at West’s Hayward Dairy and Ice Cream Cafe.
Settle in the luxurious McCormick House, an 1880s Victorian mansion-turned-B&B with six tastefully decorated guest rooms, an English garden and amenities like preprogrammed iPods and a DVD library.
Hikers follow the pretty Morgan Falls Trail (1.2 miles round-trip) up to the 70-foot Morgan Falls, located in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, about an hour northeast of Hayward.
Billed as the Golf Capital of Wisconsin, Big Fish Golf Club's course, designed by Pete Dye, mixes easy-going and challenging holes.
The Landing has views of the Chippewa Flowage and serves hearty sandwiches of breaded walleye or tender sirloin.
The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway has low-hazard whitewater canoe trips from Hayward to Trego.
Popular dinners at the Rookery Pub include fennel-crusted pork loin, pan-seared pheasant and fresh fish specials.
More information: (800) 724-2992; haywardlakes.com
Stay to remember
Charming 1920s Spider Lake Lodge Bed and Breakfast melds cabin-in-the-Adirondacks style with must-have amenities, like plush beds, a swimming beach and a fire pit. (715) 462-3793; spiderlakelodge.com
Bring the kids
Amenities galore draw families to this RV-centric campground just outside downtown. A heated pool (with water slide), arcade and mini golf course are highlights on the 28-acre wooded campground; inner tube and kayak rentals get travelers onto the Namekagon River. From $44. (800) 56207631; haywardcamping.com