Nature & History Tours

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This special place in the northern woodlands affords a genuine opportunity to enjoy the wild and scenic wonders of its diverse landscapes. Characterized by gently rolling terrain, this sparsely populated rural region offers an opportunity to get away from it all and come back to what matters. Our area invites a feeling of seclusion; a place to escape from the congested metropolitan cities and shake off the stresses of everyday life. Our woods and waters can be explored during any season of the year. Spring announces the return of colorful wildflowers and birds, a treat that attracts sightseers and photographers to the region. Summer is the most popular season for camping, hiking, picnicking, boating, fishing and biking. Refreshing lakes and shaded forest paths promise opportunities that are only as limited as your imagination.

As the summer warmth fades, the emerald green forests become flushed with autumn hues of scarlet and gold. A popular activity, leaf watchers hike and drive forest trails and roads to view the contrast of colors. Ushered in by a thick blanket of snow, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing are popular ways to explore the crystalline beauty of the forest.

The Hayward Lakes Area's central location to Wisconsin's Northwoods makes it an ideal base camp for exploring this part of the State's many attractions and natural wonders. Take a road trip, explore the beautiful Chequamegon National Forest or explore the seasonal splendors of Northwest Wisconsin.

The Sawyer County Historical Society and Museum

Cable Natural History Museum


Fall Color Tours...Click Here -- Choose from Six Self-Guided Fall Color Tours in the Hayward Lakes Area

Rustic Road #108-Length 3.4 miles.  This route meanders through the Sawyer County Forest and is bordered by many species of trees which are home to many birds and mammals.  This gravel road was used for logging in the 1930s and includes the old "Dynamite Shack".

Rustic Road #111-Length: 25.5 miles.  Near Moose Lake Road and County Road S there is a scenic river view.  This route has rolling hills covered with many types of trees making it a popular destination to view fall foliage.  Wildlife abounds with wolf packs, elk, deer and wild turkey.

Adding to the seasonal charm of this northern woodland is a wealth of colorful history. American Indians, voyageurs and loggers once traveled this land, leaving behind visible signs of their former presence. Opportunities to explore and discover historic sites left by former inhabitants in this region await visitors today.