World's Largest Corkscrew along U.S. 2 in Hurley, Wisconsin

World’s Largest Corkscrew

Some places in Vienna, Austria and Bangkok, Thailand may beg to differ, but Hurley, Wisconsin lays claim to the World’s Largest Corkscrew. It’s located along U.S. Highway 2 just west of the Wisconsin-Michigan border by about one mile on the northern side of Hurley. It’s also just west of national northern terminus of U.S. 51 and the eastern end of Highway 77.

It’s right in front of – fittingly enough – a liquor store. The owner is apparently a corkscrew collector, with none larger than the one out front.

Corkscrew Liquor Store along U.S. 2 in Hurley, home to the World's Largest Corkscrew

World’s Largest Corkscrew (and Corkscrew Liquor Store) Address:

5619 W. U.S. Highway 2
Hurley, WI 54534
(715) 561-5645
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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.

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

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

Angry Minnow Brewing Company & Restaurant

The Angry Minnow is a craft microbrewery and restaurant in Hayward. It’s located in a beautiful brick building constructed in 1889 by – ironically enough – a lumber baron named Robert L. McCormick. It originally housed the offices of the Northern Wisconsin Lumber Company.  The renovation to a brewery and restaurant was very well done and kept the historic nature of the building; from the dining room, you can look through windows at the basement brew house below.

Angry Minnow-brewed beers include the River Pig American Pale Ale, Oaky’s Oatmeal Stout, Minnow Lite, Honey Wheat, and several seasonals including the Charlie’s Rye IPA, Tre Svends IPA, Nine Toe Doppelbock, and McStukie’s Scotch Ale.

You’ll find the Angry Minnow – often fairly crowded! – just off U.S. 63 and Highways 27 and 77 near Hayward’s downtown.

10440 Florida Avenue (U.S. 63)
Hayward, WI 54843
(715) 934-3055