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Hayward / Sawyer County, Wisconsin

Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: 6 inches
Date of Report: January 11, 2021
Area Report:

Hello Riders!

Northern end of the county are good conditions and southern end of the county are fair conditions.

While we haven’t had any new snow we have not had warm temps and our trails have held on to what they have quite nicely. Spoke to several riders throughout the weekend and today already, all seasoned riders and they continue to be surprised how good the trails have held up from the Flowage to the north! There are some rocks and some inside corners that have some washboard and the trails along the highways are pretty brown but once in the woods they are quite good.


Not many groomers have been out, a few and in some short distanced areas to not disrupt what is there. All this being said our forecast shows snow Thursday and Fri before the weekend!! This will be very much celebrated! Even a simple 3″ would make conditions in many areas of the county excellent!


As we have mentioned the sights in the Northwood’s have been breathtaking! Everything encased in frost makes the world up here look almost black and white! Riders seeing deer, eagles and ELK! A little fresh snow before the weekend will be just the soul food you all need to get your sleds and gear ready! We will update as we get closer to the weekend and see that snow fall!


All of the lakes have been reported to be staked with the exception of LCO, still some large grey areas. They are checking it several times this week and hope to perhaps have staked soon. We will update with that ETA as mother nature does her thing! Some lakes have slush. Always ride the staked trails, wondering away from them can provide open spots, stumps, rocks, heaves, fisherman shanties and tip ups, plowed ice roads for shanties that creates a berm, etc. Ride smart and safe!


Surround counties: Washburn and Bayfield Counties are open, Ashland, Price and Rusk are closed, Barron partially open.


Thanks again for tuning in and check back later in the week for the weekends update!


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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.