Snowmobile Hall of Fame & Museum

stgermain_snowhofsignThe Snowmobile Hall of Fame and Museum on St. Germain’s west side along Wisconsin Highway 70 preserves and showcases the rich and exciting history of snowmobiling at both the recreational and competitive levels through the operation of a museum, hall of fame and library for the sport. You’ll find it on the west side of St. Germain along Highway 70 in Vilas County – which itself offers hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails and lays claim to “Birthplace of the Snowmobile.” In this beautiful North Woods venue, a record number of championship sleds are on display.

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The Warning Gallery recently 5,000 feet of exhibit space, part of the beautiful 20-acre Snowmobile Hall of Fame campus nestled in the tall pines on St. Germain’s west side. When traveling down Highway 70 from east or west, you will know you have arrived when you get to the “s” curves (“s” as in sleds!)

Stop in and see historic race sleds, trophies, clothing and the Ramstad Photo Collection. View racing videos in the theater and check out the gift shop, with great gifts and ideas for the race and recreational snowmobile enthusiast.

Championship sleds on display include oval, enduro, hill-climb, cross country, water-cross, snow-cross & drag sleds raced by championship drivers such as Karpik, Wicht, Musselman, Coltom, Hayes, Elsner, Solem, Bernat, Frandsen, Nelson, Bender, Maki, Hibbert, Morgan and Vincent.

The Snowmobile Hall of Fame is along Highway 70 about one mile west of the Highway 155 junction in St. Germain and seven miles east of U.S. 51 near Arbor Vitae.

Snowmobile Hall of Fame & Museum Address:

8481 West Highway 70 (at Sled World Blvd.)
St. Germain, WI 54558
715-542-4463
Website




World's Largest Muskie in Hayward, along US Highway 63

National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame


Hayward is a major center for fishing, lumbering, and cross-country skiing. It’s only fitting that this town hosts the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. It’s Hayward’s largest attraction (100,000 visitors per year) and the “international headquarters for education, recognition, and promotion of freshwater sport fishing” (their words from their website.)

This Hall of Fame is noted for having the World’s Largest Fiberglass Sculpture, which is also the World’s Largest Muskie. Standing 143 feet long and 41 feet tall, the muskie holds names of world record-holders in fishing across the world – over 3,000 entries. You can check out the names and climb the steps to show yourself from the muskie’s mouth, 4 stories off the ground. It’s a popular place to get your picture taken… how can one resist??

National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame grounds - fiberglass fishIt’s more than the big muskie, though. The six acre spread includes the “Sea of Fishes” (why not a “school of fishes”??), a sculpture garden peppered with perch, bluegill, and more. Some are clutching fiberglass frogs; some have lures in their mouths. All are fun and interesting works of art. The museum has over 5,000 fishing lures on display along with 200 rods and reels, 400 mounted fish, and a room of outboard motors (remember, the outboard motor was invented in Wisconsin!)

We have a whole gallery of photos here.

National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame front entrance.

You’ll find the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame just south of downtown Hayward nestled between Hayward Lake and Highway 27. U.S. 63 and Highway 77 are within blocks. The National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame is open year ’round, so feel free to attend on a hot summer day, a chilly winter day during the annual American Birkebeiner, or the World Lumberjack Championships, which takes place annually just a stone’s throw away.

Address:
10360 Hall of Fame Drive (Highway 27)
Hayward, WI
(715) 634-4440
Website

National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame grounds from the big fish.