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Hayward / Sawyer County, Wisconsin

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Almost every snowmobiler in the Midwest is aware of the fantastic winter playground found near the Hayward area of Sawyer County and the Cable area of Southern Bayfield County. Hundreds of miles of wilderness trails provide tours through this area’s natural beauty, beckoning riders to return year after year.

The Hayward Lakes region with its rolling hills, hardwood forests, tall pine stands and pristine lakes serves as the hub of the Sawyer County trail system. A journey south from Hayward on Trail 31 takes riders across the frozen Lac Court Oreilles and along Sand Lake before joining the Tuscobia State Trail just east of Birchwood.

This well-known Tuscobia State Trail is also listed as Corridor 10 on the maps. It crosses Sawyer County from east to west passing through Draper, Loretta, Winter and Radisson, as it makes its journey across northern Wisconsin stretching from Michigan to Minnesota.

Traveling southeast from Hayward, snowmobilers are treated to a tour of the undeveloped Lake Chippewa Flowage, Wisconsin’s largest wilderness lake. This focal point of Sawyer County was created in 1923 by a power company dam and has more than 17,000 acres of water with 140 islands and more than 200 miles of natural shoreline.

Trails east of Hayward meander their way towards Clam Lake. Along the way a favorite place to take a break is at the Ghost Hill Scenic Overlook located on a short spur trail off Trail 21 north of Ghost Lake. Don’t forget your camera to take those memorable trip photos.

Trails lead in all directions in this scenic Chequamegon National Forest region offering unlimited choices. When staying in this area, snowmobiles are the only transportation you will need since almost everything is accessible via snowmobile. Excellent lodging with roaring fireplaces and great food can be found trailside through out this region.

Trail Conditions: Not Ridable
Snow Cover: 0 to 1 inch
Date of Report: February 20, 2017
Area Report:

Hello Riders!

Sawyer County trails are still open but not in good condition. The trails in the open and those exposed to the sun and elements are very bare and brown and are covered in what we in Sawyer County call SNIRT (snow + dirt)!

The lakes that are pulling up stakes include: east side of the Chippewa Flowage, west side of the Chippewa Flowage, and Lake Hayward.  We will continue to update as lake reports come in.

There is snow in the forecast the end of the week and later into the next two weeks, if we do get a fair accumulation the protected wooded trails do have a fair base and there could be some wooded rides mapped out. Again, we will update at that time.

Surrounding counties are wrestling with Mother Nature as well and have had to CLOSE their trails. Those counties are; Ashland, Washburn, Rusk, Price and the Clam Lake area. Bayfield County continues to be open as of today.

We will continue to post any updates as the week progresses and more decisions are made about lakes. Thank you for checking back and the well wishes for snow from all snowmobilers, it seems far too early for the season to be closing in. 

Thank you to all the club members and volunteers for your dedication and hard work and wishes to you all to stay safe as you take on the responsibilities to ensure our safety!