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Head "Up North" to Hayward, Wisconsin

Updated on October 19, 2014
The giant musky  and a bluegill at the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame
The giant musky and a bluegill at the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame | Source

An "Up North" State of Mind

If you love the outdoors while still being close to tons of amenities, you'll love a vacation in Hayward, Wisconsin. The northwoods of Wisconsin has long been known for a way of life where whole families spent a week or sometimes two on vacation at resorts. The resorts were made up of cabins and frequently a restaurant where a great Friday fish fry could be had, where the mere view of the lake soothed the work-tired soul, and where the whole day could be spent out on the water together.

While some things have changed, that "up north" spirit remains the same in the resorts, family-friendly atmosphere, and variety of outdoors activities for all ages and abilities. I hope you'll visit!

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American Birkebeiner
American Birkebeiner | Source

Hayward Is Best Known For...

1. World's Largest Muskie - The Muskellunge is called the "fish of 1000 casts." Anglers can spend lots of time and even more money on equipment to try to catch a muskie. When they finally do, it's the thrill of a lifetime with a fight that leaves their heart racing and their arms tired. Imagine pulling the record muskie - all sharp teeth and muscle - from the water - 69 pounds, 11 ounces - caught by Louis Sprain back in 1949.

2. American Birkebeiner - A ski marathon! It's worth attending just to see more than 8000 participants prepared to take part in events for all age and skill levels with the highlight being the ski marathon - a 50K/54K cross-country ski trek.This event commemorates the Norwegian rescue of a child prince by two soldiers on skis during a civil war in Norway back in 1206.

3. Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame - Stand in the mouth of a 4 and 1/2 story (that's right "story") musky. Catch panfish in the 88,000 gallon fishing pond beneath it. Get your picture taken with a giant fiberglass fish replica, the world's record musky or a sasquatch. There's tons of family fun in this angler's paradise!

Lumberjack World Championships
Lumberjack World Championships | Source

4 - Lumberjack World Championships

You may have seen it on television, but it can't compare to seeing it in person! I was able to attend the 2011 Lumberjack World Championships and it was amazing. Lumberjacks and lumberjills from around the world came to small town Hayward, Wisconsin to compete in this world-class event. Log rolling, pole climbing, boom running, single and double buck, standing block chop, hot saw, springboard chop, and other events will keep you amazed and excited throughout the competition. Watch women, men, and seniors compete for the titles at this annual event.

Before the competition starts, kids and adults alike will love all of the fun activities on the grounds. Log rolling for kids, chainsaw art, life size cutouts that turn everyone into a lumberjack or jill, tones of booths or displays, and a bunch of food vendors. Fun for everyone!!

2011 Lumberjack World Championships

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Like the Olympics, the Lumberjack World Championships have a flame they keep lit.That's one tough LumberJill on the Women's Single BuckThe springboard chop is really intense. They have to chop a notch for the springboard, climb on and chop a notch for the next springboard and so on until they chop the top off.Don't let the white hair fool you. This Wisconsin native swung his axe well in the Master's Underhand ChopIs it any surprise that the Championships' mascot is a beaver?The 90-foot Speed Climb isn't too bad. It's the speed "drop" that'll get you.The Hot Saw Event was loud, fast, and amazing to watch in person.
Like the Olympics, the Lumberjack World Championships have a flame they keep lit.
Like the Olympics, the Lumberjack World Championships have a flame they keep lit. | Source
That's one tough LumberJill on the Women's Single Buck
That's one tough LumberJill on the Women's Single Buck | Source
The springboard chop is really intense. They have to chop a notch for the springboard, climb on and chop a notch for the next springboard and so on until they chop the top off.
The springboard chop is really intense. They have to chop a notch for the springboard, climb on and chop a notch for the next springboard and so on until they chop the top off. | Source
Don't let the white hair fool you. This Wisconsin native swung his axe well in the Master's Underhand Chop
Don't let the white hair fool you. This Wisconsin native swung his axe well in the Master's Underhand Chop | Source
Is it any surprise that the Championships' mascot is a beaver?
Is it any surprise that the Championships' mascot is a beaver? | Source
The 90-foot Speed Climb isn't too bad. It's the speed "drop" that'll get you.
The 90-foot Speed Climb isn't too bad. It's the speed "drop" that'll get you. | Source
The Hot Saw Event was loud, fast, and amazing to watch in person.
The Hot Saw Event was loud, fast, and amazing to watch in person. | Source
Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts
Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts

Mamminga chronicles generations of life at a northwoods cabin and a resort.

 
Star Lake Saloon and Housekeeping Cottages: A Novel (Library of American Fiction)
Star Lake Saloon and Housekeeping Cottages: A Novel (Library of American Fiction)

Sara Rath captures what it means to be up north in this engaging, easy read about a resort in the northwoods of Wisconsin.

 
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Calling All Flea Market Fans

Imagine 2 ice arenas, filled (and I mean filled) with flea market vendors. Crafts, antiques, vintage, new, and more can be found - in short, there's something for everyone. There's definitely a northwoods feel to some of the booths - my husband picked up a brush ax, crosscut saw, and a castiron pan, all for great prices. He pronounced that it was the "most manly flea market he had ever been to." That being said, I also found lots of jewelry, an eclectic selection of glassware, signs, furniture, and much, much more.

All this happens every Monday throughout the summer months, ending with one last hurrah on the Sunday of Labor Day. So bring your open mind, your best bargaining skills, and a big vehicle for all your purchases, and don't forget to stay for lunch at the concession stand. It's a fundraiser too!

Eats & Drinks

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Angry Minnow Brew Pub

At the Angry Minnow Brew Pub, select from a variety of well-brewed beers crafted on-site and in summer, see the hops they grow out back. The Brew Pub also carries a gourmet menu that keeps your favorites on hand while introducing seasonal delectables to entice your tastebuds.

While you're there, don't miss the Hot & Angry Pretzels (pictured below) with three kinds of dipping sauce. The pretzels are made with spent brewers grains and served hot and fresh to your table in minutes, and the dips are served in compostable plastic cups. Sit inside the old-fashioned brick building adorned with original stained glass or sit out back on the patio that's shaded by a gorgeous Weeping Willow tree. Either way, you'll be glad you stopped.

Hot & Angry Pretzels and a Hand-Crafted Beer - Does it get any better than this?

Microbrew and Spent Grain Pretzels
Microbrew and Spent Grain Pretzels | Source
Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old Fashioned Experience DVD with Bonus Footage
Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old Fashioned Experience DVD with Bonus Footage

Foodies and others will love this video history of the old-fashioned Wisconsin supper clubs. You'll definitely want a Friday night fish fry after watching this one!

 
Coop's Pizza Parloure
Coop's Pizza Parloure | Source

Coop's Pizza Parloure

Fun for the whole family! Coop's Pizza Parloure has it all - excellent pizza and pasta, wi-fi, a giant aquarium filled with fish species native to the area, and a wide variety of wildlife décor to keep you looking around all through dinner. I highly recommend their signature wheat pizza crust.

The pizza pictured below is my personal favorite - a build your own pizza on a wheat crust with a white sauce, topped with garlic cloves, fresh mushrooms, spinach, broccoli, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, olives, and onions. Outstanding!

My Favorite Coop's Pizza

Coop's Build Your Own Pizza
Coop's Build Your Own Pizza | Source

So Many Amazing Places to Eat

Your mouth will be watering before you can say Hayward, Wisconsin. Just check out these excellent restaurants.

Get Into the Outdoors

Get Outdoors in Hayward - Books & Maps to Help You

So Much to Do... So Little Time

  1. Fishing - Whether your looking to catch the "fish of 1000 casts" - the muskie - or you want to fill your live well with panfish or walleyes, the Hayward area lakes have something for you. Summer or winter, fish the lakes where record breakers can be caught.
  2. Hiking - Right on the edge of the Chequamegon National Forest, hikers have access to tons of trails of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty. Try a new trail every day!
  3. Biking - Home of the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, bikers will find loads of trails and riding information throughout the area.
  4. Kayaking/Canoeing - Did you think there could be this many lakes without kayaking and canoeing? So many opportunities exist for a quiet paddle on a big lake with plenty of areas to explore.
  5. Hunting - Whitetail Deer, Bear, Coyotes and much, much more. There's plenty of public hunting land to be had up in the northwoods.

Enjoy Some Northwoods Nature

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A Snapping Turtle climbing out of the water to lay her eggs in the sand above.Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly feeding on a woodland flower.Blue Heron standing on the dock at the R&R Bayview Resort.Redwing Blackbird nesting in the reeds on the Chippewa Flowage.Many trails for snowshoeing in the winter can be found.
A Snapping Turtle climbing out of the water to lay her eggs in the sand above.
A Snapping Turtle climbing out of the water to lay her eggs in the sand above. | Source
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly feeding on a woodland flower.
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly feeding on a woodland flower. | Source
Blue Heron standing on the dock at the R&R Bayview Resort.
Blue Heron standing on the dock at the R&R Bayview Resort. | Source
Redwing Blackbird nesting in the reeds on the Chippewa Flowage.
Redwing Blackbird nesting in the reeds on the Chippewa Flowage. | Source
Many trails for snowshoeing in the winter can be found.
Many trails for snowshoeing in the winter can be found. | Source

Places to Visit

Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame
Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame | Source

Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame

A 4-1/2 story Muskie with a fishing pond underneath and a school of other giant fiberglass fish are just the beginning when you go to the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. Whole rooms are dedicated to mounted fish, professional anglers, boat motors, boats, fishing poles, lures, and much, much, much more.

There's something for everyone and the whole family will love the Giant Muskie. Fish for Bluegills and other panfish down below, then make the trip up the steps into the mouth of the Muskie where you can get a great view of Hayward and the rest of the Hall of Fame park.

Just a Taste of What You Can See at the Hall of Fame

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Family fishing in the pond beneath the MuskieFirst FishermanPutting the World Record Muskie in perspectiveMore fishing records shown in the World Record's GalleryView from the Muskie's mouthThere's a museum inside the Muskie
Family fishing in the pond beneath the Muskie
Family fishing in the pond beneath the Muskie | Source
First Fisherman
First Fisherman | Source
Putting the World Record Muskie in perspective
Putting the World Record Muskie in perspective | Source
More fishing records shown in the World Record's Gallery
More fishing records shown in the World Record's Gallery | Source
View from the Muskie's mouth
View from the Muskie's mouth | Source
There's a museum inside the Muskie
There's a museum inside the Muskie | Source
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      Musky Jason 2 years ago

      I absolutely love fishing up in the Hayward, WI area. So many northern pikes and muskies. In fact, I recently wrote an article about how WI puts Muskie first. You can find it on my site - http://tigermuskie.net/

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      2envelopparadox 3 years ago

      nice lens

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      @kristalulabelle: We were there over Memorial weekend too! Maybe we crossed paths... fishing is a great way to pass the time there, and we do a lot of that too.

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      My husband and I were just up by Hayward over Memorial Day weekend! We spent most of our time fishing, but I see I missed a few other attractions! Great info, loved the pictures.

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      Michael Oksa 4 years ago

      Hayward is one of my favorite vacation spots. Beautiful scenery, friendly people, and not a "tourist trap" like a few other towns in Wisconsin. Great lens!

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      Monica Lobenstein 5 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      @flycatcherrr: Thanks! After a busy week, finally got it fixed. And yes, the pizza is as good as it looks. :)

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Oh man, you nearly did me in with the photo of that amazing pizza! :)p.s. what Sockii said about the photo gallery making the page bounce around? Yes, it makes it very hard to write a comment, as the text box keeps jumping out of sight. This would be a good thing to fix. Otherwise - a most excellent lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Forgot to mention that I shouted this wonderful Hayward vacation article on FB.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I also have enjoyed the Blue Gill at Karabalis and their salad bar is always fresh and good. I'm a walleye girl, so its the walleye sandwich for me. Hayward. The Hayward KOA campground is great and there's even these little tiny log units you can rent, a very nice place for family. If you love great fudge, Tremblays will be a stop you'll be making, very smooth. Hayward does seem to have it all with any amenities you want in the middle of Wisconsin's beauty. You have me wanting to make a trip to Famous Dave's! The Hayward Chamber of Commerce will be appreciating your efforts...and its all true!

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      Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey

      This looks like a great place to visit! You really have a lot of personal info to add and that's appreciated. One lensmaking tip: for your Photogallery modules, make sure the photos are all the same height. Otherwise the text will bounce around and it's easy for a reader to lose his or her place. :)

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      NuMil3Design 5 years ago

      A beautiful place to visit, particularly for muskie fisherman, competition lumberjacks and nature lovers.The only thing I don't like is plowing through the mosquitoes in the summer...really cuts down on the gas mileage.

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      Yes, you make it sound so inviting!

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      rallo-smith 5 years ago

      Would love to!

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      Wisconsin is such a beautiful place. Next time I am visiting my relatives in Sheboygan, I will have to make a detour to Hayward. I enjoyed reading your lens.

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      Monica Lobenstein 5 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      @kristalulabelle: I am a fellow Wisconsinite and I love promoting Wisconsin "stuff" on my lenses. This one was particularly fun to write!

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Hayward is definitely a beautiful area! Are you a fellow Wisconsinite? I really enjoyed reading your lens, fantastic job!