The Hayward Lakes Area in northern Wisconsin is home to over 300 freshwater lakes that offer great opportunities for boating, fishing and water sports.
Lake Chippewa, or the Chippewa Flowage as it is more commonly known, is the largest wilderness lake in the state of Wisconsin. Located near Hayward in Sawyer County, WI, the "Big Chip" is an artificial lake that was created in 1924 to generate electric power and help with flood control. The Chippewa Flowage features 140 islands scattered across 17,000 acres of water and over 200 acres of undeveloped shoreline. The lake is also known for it's fishing. In fact, it's the very same lake that the Louie Spray caught his World Record Muskie in 1949 that weighed in at 69 pounds, 11 ounces.