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Hayward / Sawyer County, Wisconsin

Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: 6-9 inches of snow
Date of Report: March 2, 2021
Area Report:
March 2, 2021
Hello Riders!
As you know the temps got quite warm this last week and weekend. While there was several areas of snirt there were also some great trails within the protection of the woods and on the lakes despite the warm up. If you ride Sawyer County much you know how a trail condition can change very rapidly from one spot to another. Out in the open and along highways you may see brown, into the forest and on the lakes you have snow again making conditions passable. There was a lot of traffic again this weekend and many were able to map out their routes to find the most optimal riding given the conditions and some snirt was inevitable. And then just like that in a matter of 8 hours the game changed! Much of the county received 5-7″ of fresh beautiful snow in the wee Sunday hours and wow, some of the most beautiful trails conditions we’ve seen all season! Many groomers have gone out to pan and set this snow as much as they can with hopes of hanging on to it as long as possible as our forecasted temps this week will be warm. At this time we cannot say for sure what riding opportunity there will be this weekend as the temps start to creep up. With that said we will continue to monitor the conditions as the week goes and update you to the best of our ability so you can make your weekend decisions.

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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.