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Hayward / Sawyer County, Wisconsin

Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: 12-16 inches
Date of Report: January 26, 2023
Area Report:

The last week and a half have been a challenge for grooming operations. The holiday weekend was extremely busy with riders, and we experienced warm weather followed by rain.  Between the number of riders and the warm weather, trails were rough, and we lost about 5 days of grooming to the warmth and rain.  The deep, soft snow is difficult for the grooming machines to go through, so they need to move faster to keep up their momentum.  The large amount of soft snow sticks in the drag, leading to breaking of cross beams and other parts malfunctions.  In addition to those challenges, the lack of freezing temperatures and frost in the ground under the snow makes the trails not able to freeze and set up once groomed. All this combined was a recipe for rough riding conditions.   

Our grooming crews have been working double time with many extra hours this week to get the trails in shape for the weekend.  Reports today are that the trails are beautiful! 

While you are riding this or any weekend, groomers are out, so know the trails are being worked on and please watch for them and ride safely and with respect.

This weekend will finally bring cold temperatures to the area. The cold will not only help with trails setting up, but they will also help the lakes.  Lakes are staked (except for Lake Hayward – note you can get in and around Hayward without lake riding) but they are rough and off the staked trail you will find a lot of slush. We recommend you stay on the staked trail unless you need to get to lodging or establishments.

Ride safe and enjoy!

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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.