Filed in Destinations by on April 16, 2014

hayward lakeHayward, a small town with big amenities

Situated on Highway 63 in the lakes region of northwest Wisconsin, boasts a vibrant, historic downtown and a Northwoods charm in its numerous specialty shops.

Located just one hour south of Duluth and Superior, Wis., thousands of vacationers and second homeowners visit each year to enjoy all the area has to offer in 300,000 acres of forest and 55,000 cares of lakes in surrounding Sawyer County.

About 60 inches of snowfall annually means snowmobilers can ride several months of the year on 600-plus miles of groomed trails, some of which double as ATV trails during the summer. About 250 kilometers of groomed Nordic ski trails are also available.

Life in the Hayward area offers peacefulness to nearly 7,000 area residents, a school system that teaches respect and community involvement in grades K-12 and two community and technical colleges.

The Duluth Clinic, Northwoods Clinic, Marshfield Clinic and Hayward Area Memorial Hospital offer care on all levels, and an expanded senior living center is located in the community.

hayward 1There are employment opportunities in the medical community, the school system, the lodging industry and in local industries such as Louisiana Pacific, Arclin and Johnson Timber and Northern Lakes Cooperative, which has eight businesses under its umbrella.

Hayward draws visitors from around the world each year as it hosts numerous World Class Events, including:

  • American Birkebeiner is the largest cross country ski race in the United States.
  • ISOC Hayward 300 Snocross Nationals makes Hayward its eighth stop of nine on the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series, part of the International Series of Champions sanctioned tour.
  • Fishing Has No Boundaries is a premier fishing event for those with disabilities.
  • Musky Festival is Hayward’s largest summer celebration and features a large arts and crafts show, live music, children’s games, food booths, a Musky Run and a fishing contest.
  • Honor the Earth Pow-Wow is the largest pow-wow in North America.
  • Lumberjack World Championships is recognized as the premier timber sporting event in the nation, with participants from around the world competing for gold.
  • Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival draws 2,500 cyclists for off-road bicycle tests of endurance and agility.
  • Gourmet Wine Tasting offers an evening of fine beverages and unique food.


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