Destination guide

Riverside retreats in Hayward

Set on the Namekagon River, Hayward is surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush national forests. If you're craving a dose of fresh air, you've come to the right place. The town is loaded with outdoor activities, from kayaking along the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway to horseback riding at local ranches. You can also mountain bike in the backcountry, cool off in Nelson Lake and tee off at over 10 local golf courses. Sound like your idea of a good time? From family getaways to romantic retreats, Hayward vacation rentals provide a welcome escape from city life.

Things to do

Climb Hayward's "Big Musky" monument

For most visitors, Hayward is a place to rest, relax and reconnect with nature. Hayward vacation rentals provide an ideal setting for all 3 pursuits. The town is surrounded by nature reserves, such as the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, which is laced with family-friendly hiking trails. Hayward prides itself on its world-class fishing, and there's no better place to dive into the sport than the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. Just look for the larger-than-life muskellunge, cast from concrete, steel and fiberglass. Climb the staircase into the mouth of "Big Musky" for sweeping views over Lake Hayward.


Cast a line in Hayward

Hayward is a hotspot for fishing, with the chance to reel in musky, walleye, northern, crappie, bass, bluegill, perch and more. If fishing is a top priority, why not snag a lakeside Hayward vacation rentals cabin and cast a line from your own private dock? There are plenty of opportunities to make a splash on Hayward City Beach, from kayaking and canoeing to jet skiing and Flyboarding. You can also stock up on supplies and enjoy a picnic on the grassy foreshore.


Summer days and starry nights in Hayward

Summer is high season in Hayward, when the town enjoys long days and lashings of sunshine. Gear up for fun-filled days on the water and starry nights spent roasting s'mores on an outdoor firepit. Fall ushers in fiery foliage and events like the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, one of the world's biggest off-road mountain biking competitions. Things don't slow down in the winter, when Hayward's snow-dusted trails are ideal for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. After a chilly day, settle down for board games and wine by the blazing fireplace of your Hayward vacation rental cabin.

Natural features

Paddle Hayward's Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway

You'll find Hayward in Sawyer County, a picturesque slice of Wisconsin studded with lakes and forests. The town is set on the banks of Lake Hayward, a watershed fed by the Namekagon River. The lake is part of the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway, which lures water sports enthusiasts with over 200 miles of pristine paddling routes. Keep an eye out for deer grazing in the forest, turtles basking on the shore and eagles soaring overhead. Kids will love the Wilderness Walk, a family-friendly zoo, where you'll find gray wolves, black bears and other local wildlife.

Where to stay around Hayward?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 333 vacation rentals near Hayward. From 162 Cabins to 144 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Hayward for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Hayward?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Hayward. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Wilderness Walk Zoo and Recreation Park: 266 vacation rentals
  • Hayward Golf Club: 262 vacation rentals
  • Teal Wing Golf Club: 258 vacation rentals
  • Hayward Information Center: 264 vacation rentals
  • National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum: 265 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Hayward listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Hayward?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 162 Cabins in Hayward. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Hayward include:

  • Houses: 144 rentals available
  • Cottages: 162 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 162 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Lodges and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Hayward?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 2 vacation rentals with pool available in Hayward. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.