The northern third of Wisconsin seems to be the most rugged, but there are plenty of places that take the rugged right out of the word and replace it with plain old "spoil me rotten." And all the while, nature's finest is still right at your doorstep! One such place is the Hayward Lakes area of Sawyer County.

musky replica on museum grounds

More impressive however is the largest wilderness lake in Wisconsin: the Chippewa Flowage. Created in 1924 when the Wisconsin/Minnesota Power & Light Company completed the dam across the Chippewa River, the 17,000 acres of water in the flowage is fed by the waters of nine natural rivers; it encompasses eleven natural lakes, has 140 islands and 200 miles of undeveloped shoreline. Hayward Lake is but one of these and the many lakes of the area offer plenty of opportunmities for any outdoor activity you can imagine.

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Location of Hayward Lake

Lake Facts

  • Size: 191 acres
  • Depth: Ave - 5 feet; Max - 17 feet
  • Fish Species: Largemouth bass, Smallmouth bass, northern pike, lake trout, walleye, musky and Panfish
  • Etc,: Hayward Lake is located in Sawyer County, Wisconsin. It is fed by the Namekagon River and is part of the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway; over 56,000 acres of water in 496 lakes in the county

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Things to See

Read about our trek to the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame