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.
Homemade premium ice cream comes in creative flavors, like Church Basement Lemon Bar and Licorice Whip, at West’s Hayward Dairy and Ice Cream Cafe.
Celebrate the logging heritage of northern Wisconsin at the annual Lumberjack World Championships (July 24–26, 2014) in Lumberjack Village.
Pair pork with wine at upscale The Steakhouse and Lodge then camp on the 28 wooded acres of the Hayward KOA (from $43.59), where families set off to kayak the Namekagon River. Or settle in at the rustic but luxurious Spider Lake Lodge, known for its century-old Adirondack-camp feel (from $169).
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 courses range from casual to challenging and include one designed by Pete Dye.
The Landing has views of the Chippewa Flowage and serves hearty sandwiches of breaded cod or tender sirloin.
The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway has low-hazard whitewater canoe trips that run from Hayward to Trego.
Popular dinners at the Rookery Pub include bison chili, fennel-crusted pork loin and pan-seared pheasant.
More information: (800) 724-2992; haywardlakes.com