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Hayward / Sawyer County, Wisconsin

Reporter: haywardlakes
Trail Conditions: Early Season
Snow Cover: 3 to 6 inches
Date of Report: December 12, 2017
Area Report:

Clubs members and volunteers continue to work out on the trails cleaning up debris from the beautiful heavy snow and ice. Trails 9 and 29 have had some trees down that the crews are working on clearing. Lakes are working on making ice but not ready yet for staking, some feel close to Christmas there will be some lakes that will be ready, we will continue to update with the status and safety on the lakes.

Also, many trails do pass through private property and many of them still have the gates shut. These gates will be opened in upcoming weeks as the weather continues to set up our season and freeze the ground. Please remember to be respectful of these trails and do not open or go around shut gates, we do not want to rut the land as the ground is hardening. We are so very grateful these land owners allow us access and we want to show that appreciating by respecting their land.

An addition to the trail update —

The US Forest Service has announced they will be OPENING the trails in the Chequamegon National Forest this Saturday 12/16.

Also, please note Trail 63 from Phipps Rd north to the Bayfield County line is not open to snowmobiles yet with the exception of the railroad grade between Mosquito Brook Rd to Seeley.

Thank you to all club members and volunteers for your hard work and to all who choose beautiful Sawyer County as their riding destination. Continue to think snow!




Snowmobiling Information

  • You can check the weather conditions at http://www.haywardlakes.com
  • For live webcam footage from Deerfoot Lodge in Hayward, click here!
  • You can check the online zoomable atv/snowmobile map here
  • To ORDER a atv/snowmobile map, click here
  • Any questions please email info@haywardlakes.com


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.