Hunting - Hayward,
If it's hunting you're after, there's
deer, bear, ducks, grouse, woodcock, and small game
hunting almost right out of your cabin door step in
the vast Chequamegon Forest. You don't need to worry
about many"no trespassing" signs here.
Hunting Northwest Wisconsin
With around 850,000 acres of public
land, the Chequamegon offers a lot to those who enjoy
the outdoors and just want to get away from it all!!
Have you been looking for a place where you can get
away from the hectic pace of todays world? Well there
is just such a place close by. In our National Forests
you can hunt, fish, or just enjoy the great outdoors
without constantly running into all those "No Hunting
or No Trespassing" signs you find almost everywhere
Nationwide our National Forests and other lands controlled
by the United States Forest Service total some 191 million
acres. Most of which is open to the public for many
recreational uses. Right here in Wisconsin we have over
one and one half million acres of National Forest alone.
The Chequamegon, pronounced Sho-wa-me-gon, National
Forest being Wisconsin's largest. It encompasses over
850,000 acres of northern forest lands. Although there
are three separate sections in the Chequamegon the bulk
of the forest lies between Hayward and Park Falls Wi.
and runs north almost to lake Superior. There is another
smaller section east of Park Falls and the third section
lies northwest of Medford Wi. The Chequamegon forest
is managed by the U.S.Forest Service to provide many
different recreational uses as well as timber harvest.
Recreational uses include such things as hunting, fishing,
camping, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, and much more.
Anglers Paradise; Within the largest part of
the Chequamegon forest lies the headwaters of the Chippewa
river just upstream from the world famous Lake Chippewa
Flowage. Also in the forest are many other lakes like
Teal, Lost Land, Moose, Ghost, Day, and others that
are known for their fine musky fishing. Besides the
musky there are also abundant populations of walleye,
bass,and panfish present in these lakes and rivers.
If you want to try your hand at catching the wily trout
there are many miles of first rate trout streams as
well as a few lakes that are stocked with trout.
Literally translated the name Chequamegon means "place
of shallow water". For the angler the Chequamegon
can provide just about anything you want. Not to mention
surrounding lakes, within the forest there is so much
water to fish that it may take you a lifetime to fish
it all. From cold water trout streams to warm water
rivers and from deep clear natural lakes to dark water
shallow man made flowages your choices seem almost endless.
Hunting in the Chequamegon; Because of it's
vast areas of wild land the Chequamegon just naturally
provides good hunting for several species of game. However
through forest management practices the U.S.Forest Service
can and does enhance wildlife habitat. Timber management
done in our National Forests is done with wildlife,
both game and non game, in mind. Scattered throughout
the Chequamegon there are several designated hunter
walking trails. These trails are closed to all motorized
traffic and are managed by periodic mowing, selective
timber harvesting, and seeding with wildlife grass mixtures
to actually attract wildlife. Besides these trails there
are also hundreds of logging roads and trails that provide
good hunting in the forest. There are topo maps available
from the U.S.Forest Service that show most of these
roads and trails. If you are going to hunt in the Chequamegon
I strongly suggest you carry one of these maps as well
as a good compass.
Camping in the National Forest; There are 24
designated campgrounds in the Chequamegon Forest. Most
of which are situated on lakes throughout the forest
and are easily accessible by good forest roads. If you
are planning a trip ahead of time there is a new reservation
system available so you can be assured of getting a
spot in the campgrounds you desire. If you really want
to get away from it all the Forest Service allows disbursed
camping outside of the designated campgrounds in the
Chequamegon. If you should decide to camp outside of
the designated campground areas there is stay limit
Trails; Along with the many logging and hunter
walking trails there are many miles of maintained trails
for hiking, snowmobiling, skiing, and ATVs. Some of
these trails are also open in the summer to mountain
bikers as well.
When you think about it our National Forests are one
of this nations most valuable resources. They not only
provide much of the timber our country needs for lumber
and paper, but they also provide a multitude of recreational
opportunities as well. Information on the Chequamegon
Forest and what it has to offer is available from the
U.S.Forest Service district ranger stations in Hayward,
Washburn, Park Falls, Glidden, or Medford Wi.
So the next time you start planning a trip to get away
to one of the more distant or exotic destinations. Stop
to remember the wilderness that we have right in our
back yard, the Chequamegon National Forest.