within Sawyer County, Wisconsin
|• Mayor||Bill Swintkowski|
|• Total||3.36 sq mi (8.70 km2)|
|• Land||3.13 sq mi (8.11 km2)|
|• Water||0.23 sq mi (0.60 km2)|
|• Estimate (2012)||2,313|
|• Density||740.6/sq mi (285.9/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Area code(s)||715 and 534|
|GNIS feature ID||1583370|
Hayward is a city in Sawyer County, Wisconsin, United States, next to the Namekagon River. The population was 2,318 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Sawyer County. The city is surrounded by the Town of Hayward.
Logging began in the late 1850s. Loggers came from Cortland County, New York, Carroll County, New Hampshire, Orange County, Vermont, Down East Maine in what is now Washington County, Maine and Hancock County, Maine. In the 1890s immigrants came from a variety of countries such as Germany, Norway, Poland, Ireland and Sweden.
Hayward is located at (46.01, -91.480556).
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,318 people, 1,048 households, and 550 families residing in the city. The population density was 740.6 inhabitants per square mile (285.9/km2). There were 1,227 housing units at an average density of 392.0 per square mile (151.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 83.3% White, 0.4% African American, 11.8% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 3.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.
There were 1,048 households of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.5% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.5% were non-families. 41.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.80.
The median age in the city was 39.8 years. 23.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.6% were from 25 to 44; 23.5% were from 45 to 64; and 20.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,129 people, 960 households, and 530 families residing in the city. The population density was 717.2 people per square mile (276.8/km²). There were 1,064 housing units at an average density of 358.4 per square mile (138.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.62% White, 0.14% Black or African American, 8.08% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.56% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. 0.85% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 960 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.8% were non-families. 39.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.78.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 22.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 88.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $28,421, and the median income for a family was $36,287. Males had a median income of $30,174 versus $20,769 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,658. About 10.6% of families and 14.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.5% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.
Hayward is a popular fishing destination because of the many lakes in the area including Lac Courte Oreilles, Grindstone Lake, Round Lake, Moose Lake, Spider Lake, Windigo Lake, and the Chippewa Flowage, which are known for yielding trophy-sized muskellunge ("muskie" or "musky"), northern pike, walleye, and smallmouth bass. It is also home to the "Quiet Lakes" (Teal, Ghost and Lost Land Lakes), which do not allow water sports as do the larger lakes.
The National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame is located in Hayward. It contains a 143-foot (44 m) fiberglass musky, the world's largest fiberglass structure. Tourists can climb up into the mouth of the fish, and look over the town, as well as Lake Hayward. During the Christmas season, Santa Claus can often be found peering over the town from the musky's mouth. In addition to fishing, Hayward is also a hot spot for deer hunting, golfing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, and road and mountain biking.
According to TripAdvisor the number one tourist activity in Hayward is a guided or unguided ATV or snowmobile trail ride adventure from Runamuk Rides - a local trail guiding and power-sports rental outfitter.  Trails rides offer adventure-filled activities for the whole family that take advantage of the area's extensive trail system that winds through the thick forests and past glacial lakes, rivers and streams. Besides the awe-inspiring beauty of the region that can only can be seen from the trails there are often sightings of wildlife such as bears, wolf, deer, fox, bobcat, fishers, etc. along the trails. 
Hayward is located at the center of northern Wisconsin - an area that has been rated one of the best overall snowmobiling destinations and best snowmobile trail systems in North America.  Sawyer County, where Hayward is located, has over 600 miles of groomed trails including 335 miles which run through county forests and criss-cross the county - connecting hospitality facilities and trail corridors in adjoining counties.   According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wisconsin is the birthplace of snowmobiling and continues to offer some of the best snowmobiling opportunities tourists are likely to find, especially in northern Wisconsin. 
ATV (quad bikes) riding is another popular Hayward area recreational activity. Riding along existing county forest logging roads is permitted. There are 95.7 miles of state funded ATV trails for winter use and 80.8 miles designated for summer use. State owned trails include the Tuscobia Trail (51 miles) which runs from the Flambeau River to the western county line and the Dead Horse Connector (38 miles) in the eastern Flambeau Forest. The trail system also connects to 140 miles of trail within the Chequamegon National Forest. Hayward allows ATV’s on specific roads within the city limits.   Area ATV & snowmobile trails were voted number one in a recent (2014) reader poll. Trails and the surrounding infrastructure of motels, restaurants, campgrounds and watering holes, among other businesses, are all considered under the vote. 
The annual Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival is the largest mass start mountain bike race in the United States. The first Fat Tire Festival was held in 1983 with 27 riders, and in 2008 the race was capped at 2500 competitors. The two main races include the 40-mile “Chequamegon 40”, and the 16-mile “Short and Fat.”
Hayward hosts the American Birkebeiner cross-country skiing race, the largest cross country ski marathon in North America. The American Birkebeiner first started in 1973. No U.S. Ski Team members were in it, or any foreign skiers. It was unknown then. But today over 13,000 skiers will come to ski this race every year. It is one of Haywards largest and most popular tourist attractions.
The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe host several powwows throughout the year. The largest Pow-wow in North America is held in Hayward yearly. The Honor the Earth Pow-wow is a celebration honoring mother Earth and the Creator. The celebration brings together all tribes the third weekend of July annually.
Hayward is home to Tremblay's Sweet Shop. Established in 1963 by Denis and Marlene Tremblay it is famous for its homemade fudges, truffles, and gourmet chocolates. Tremblay's has two additional shops located in Stillwater and Eagle River.
- The Sawyer County Record is the local newspaper, published every Wednesday.
- WHSM (AM) 910 and WHSM-FM 101.1, owned by Red Rock Radio
- WRLS-FM 92.3, owned by Vacationland Broadcasting
- WOJB-FM 88.9, owned by the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe
Stations received in Hayward that are from the Duluth area:
Hayward officially has one sister city:
- Fritz Ackley, MLB player
- Nate DeLong, NBA player
- Jim Denomie, artist
- Sean Duffy, reality television star, ESPN commentator, U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 7th District of Wisconsin
- Dan Plante, NHL player
- J.R. Salzman, world champion logroller
- Al Capone, Chicago gangster, owned a hideaway-retreat near Hayward/Couderay in the 1920s and 1930s.
- Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun had a summer home on Spider Lake
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- "Sawyer County Snowmobile & ATV Alliance".
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- "Sawyer County Land & Water Use Planning 2014 to 2020" (PDF).
- "Four Seasons Newspaper Reader Poll" (PDF). January 1, 2015.
- Fat Tire Festival website
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- City of Hayward official website
- Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce
- Sawyer County Record – local newspaper
- Sanborn fire insurance maps: 1892 1898 1909