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Sawyer County, Wisconsin
The Golf Capital of Wisconsin
Home of the World's Largest Muskie
Chamber of Commerce.
This area was first settled in the late 1800ís though early Native Americans had lived in the area for centuries. The seemingly inexhaustible source of good timber was a large draw factor for the growth in the area. The founder of Hayward was Anthony Judson Hayward. The town was named for him. After visiting the area, he was impressed with the potential here for a lumber mill. The Namekagon River would make an ideal place for the timber storage and the forests all around would bring in the needed lumber. Added to the pluses was the fact that the railroad was coming. In fact, the rails arrived in 1881 and by a year later, several power dams were built along the river to power the mill that, in turn, produced the lumber to build the new larger mill. The new mill was built by June, 1883 and the new community of Hayward had stores, homes, businesses and, of course, the large, new mill. Sawyer County was created in 1883 and many roads were built in the area. Both events played a large part in the growth of the area. Though an important part of Hayward history, the mill did itís part in the economy when it burned down on 11 May 1922. This marked a change for Hayward as from this time on, the economy emphasis moved from logging to tourism. The Hayward area was advertised in the state as the prime vacation area for visitors and residents alike.
Sawyer County Museum
Visit the Sawyer County Historical Museum each summer season from June to September or by special arrangement (weather permitting) in the spring and fall.
The Sawyer County Fair
Held in August each year since 1908!
There are many lakes in the area, including Court Oreilles, Grindstone, Windigo, and Round Lakes, which are known for their trophy-sized muskellunge ("muskie"), northern pike, walleye, and smallmouth bass. A prominent feature of Hayward is the 200 foot long statue of a Muskellunge. A person may climb up into the mouth of the fish and look out over the town
The Musky Festival, held each year in June, the largest summer festival in the Northwoods.
The National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 690
10360 Hall of Fame Drive
Hayward, Wisconsin 54843
Phone (715) 634-4440
The Hayward Fall Festival held each year in September.
The Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
Fat Tire Racing and Fun since 1983
P.O. Box 267
Cable, WI 54821
In nearby Cable. The race begins in Hayward and then winds over trails, woodlands and roads for 40 miles and then finishes in Cable. Held each year in September.
See photos of Hayward.
The Lumberjack World Championships
held in July each year in Hayward
PO Box 666
Hayward, WI 54843
Phone: (715) 634-2484
Wilderness Walk Zoo and Recreation Park
35 acres of fun with wild animals, farm animals, a baby animal nursery, western town, more.
9503 N State Rd 27
Hayward, WI 54843
The city of Hayward is surrounded by the Town of Hayward.
Hayward is the county seat of Sawyer County
The library was founded in 1887 and the building was erected in 1904 aided by funding from Andrew Carnegie. Read more about the history of this library.
Hayward Schools Hayward Community Schools
P.O. Box 860
316 W 5th St
Hayward, WI 54843
Home of the Hurricanes!
2000 - 40.2 years
Number of Housing Units:
2000 - 1,064
Per capita income:
2000 - $ 16,658
2008 - $ 22,359
Median house value:
2000 - $ 81,500
2008 - $ 133,704
Hayward is located in the Central Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.