Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, Hayward, Photo: WI Department of Tourism


Nearby Attractions

Washburn County is the perfect hub for your Northwest Wisconsin getaway. The area is surrounded by incredibly fun attractions and events! Washburn County offers a variety of affordable lodging options within a short drive of some of the best attractions and events in Northwest Wisconsin. Day trips to Hayward, Bayfield, Superior, Siren, Rice Lake, and many towns in between are a fun way to spend some time in Northwest Wisconsin. Here are some of our top picks from around the area:



Ice Caves/Sea Caves: Located along Lake Superior, the Apostle Islands' Caves are an incredibly popular attraction both summer and winter. The caves are a quick drive, between an hour and 1/2 hour, depending on where you are staying in the area. During the summer, kayaking to the sea caves is a very fun way to explore Lake Superior. In the winter, the caves turn into a frozen wonderland, luring visitors from all over the world to take the one mile hike to the caves. The ice caves are extremely weather dependent so you should always check with the park service prior to driving up to the caves to make sure that they are accessible. For current information on the ice caves, visit the park service's Facebook page: 

Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame & the "Big Fish": Located in Hayward, just minutes from Washburn County, the "big fish" as many folks refer to it, is a great way to learn about this history of fishing in Wisconsin. The kids are sure to love the climb up the "big fish" and standing in the mouth of the musky is a great photo opportunity. For more information on visiting the "big fish", visit:



American Birkebeiner: Held in February each year, the Birkie hosts cross country skiers from all over the world. The event begins in Cable and finishes in downtown Hayward. Whether you are an avid skier or are just headed to the Birkie to cheer on the skiers, it's a world class event and a great time for everyone. For more information on the Birkie, visit:

Lumberjack World Championships: Hayward hosts the Lumberjack World Championships every July where contestants compete in events such as log rolling, boom run, pole climb, chopping, sawing and more. For more information on the Lumberjack World Championships, visit:

Aquafest: Rice Lake is the home to the Aquafest celebration every June. The festival is 10 days of family fun, including live music in the evenings from top performers. For more information on Aquafest, visit: