Hayward lakes was originally a lumbar company town, founded by Mr. Hayward over 100 years ago. Following the lumbering era, the beautiful lakes attracted recreational ventures in the form of resorts and private hideaways. Up north of the tension zone, gangsters hid out far from the big city, among the lakes. Here they were shielded by the woods while they enjoyed abundant fishing and relaxation. Many stories are still being told about the gangsters during this historic period in the early days of Hayward.
Today Hayward continues to attract visitors who want to enjoy the breathtaking ambiance, relax, rejuvenate and have fun. Sports enthusiasts delight in attending major events held in Hayward such as the WORLD LUMBERJACK CHAMPIONSHPS© and the AMERICAN BIRKEBEINER® ski race. History buffs enjoy the re-enactment of the lumbering era as well as the gangster era and historic fishing enshrinement. Hayward, Wisconsin is a heartwarming, friendly place where people come back to what matters most—a reconnection with nature, serenity and peace of mind.
Hayward offers abundant opportunities for boating, fishing, golfing, events and enjoyment of nature. Water activities in almost every form are available on Hayward’s many lakes—there are quiet lakes and streams for canoes, kayaks, pontoon boats and larger lakes for motor boats and jet skis. Fishing opportunities are numerous in the many lakes of your choice. Advanced and beginner golfers enjoy large and small golf courses located throughout the area. Exciting fun-filled exploration and discovery adventures for children and adults help them learn about nature and wildlife. The Chequamegon National Forest with expansive trails including the Birkebeiner trail, is a popular attraction for nature enthusiasts, hikers and bikers. Winter months offer opportunities for skiing and snowmobiling on trails that weave around the wooded lakes. Hayward is noted for its entertainment throughout the year. Visitors and residents enjoy festivals from the Small Hometown to the annual Birkie, Musky Festival, Fall Festival and Chequamegon Fat Tire Fest. Lakeside lodging and dining is plentiful as are accommodations, popular lakeside resorts, quiet secluded retreats, private cabins and homes.
There are so many reasons to come back to what matters most and you will find them all in Hayward, Wisconsin!