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

World’s Largest Muskie

Hayward hosts the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, so it’s only natural they would also have 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?? This fish also holds the title of the World’s Largest Fiberglass Sculpture, so you’re getting two for one in terms of “World’s Largest” distinctions.

National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame grounds - fiberglass fishCheck out the grounds of the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame while you’re there. 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 World’s Largest Muskie at the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Sawyer County in the midst of the vast North Woods. It’s 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

 

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.

The Brick House Cafe, Cable


The Brick House Cafe occupies one of the oldest buildings in Cable, dating back to the late 1800’s. The building itself has been a Church parsonage, a private residence, apartments, business offices, and interior design shop. Now it’s a cafe that’s even drawn the attention of TV’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

Stories abound with the cafe and its building. Cable’s original Postmaster General lived in the Brick House for while, and memorabilia was found from the 1929 Post Masters Convention during renovations. Longtime local Reverend Joe Jenkins and his family lived there for decades, and his penchant for raising chickens was discovered during a 2003 renovation; it was discovered that he had build a chicken coop in the attic, and feathers and chicken wire lined the attic walls.

The brick on the Brick House is all original, along with large stained glass windows in the front.  On the grounds, check out an original Sara Balbin sculpture called “Cable Girls”. When owners Heather and Larry Ludzack bought the building in 2003, Heather received a photograph of her Grandmother and a lifelong friend walking to Sunday School in 1924 – with the Brick House prominently in the background. Balbin’s sculupture immortalizes that moment on the lawn.

You’ll find the Brick House Cafe on Reynolds Street in downtown Cable, just off U.S. 63.

Address:
13458 Reynolds Street
Cable, WI 54821
(715) 798-5432
Website

Common Man Brewing, Ellsworth

Common Man Brewing Company

Common Man Brewing keeps it modest: “we are just a couple storefronts east of the Family Dollar” is how they describe their location in Ellsworth, both Pierce County seat and the Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin.

The “nanobrewery” started out in 2015 and their restaurant grew so fast they had to hold off on releasing their own beers. While they gear up for brewing during the winter of 2017-2018, Common Man currently offers 22 beers on tap from around Wisconsin and the region. Common Man also serves cocktails and has an awesome food menu, including burgers so popular they’ve been featured on the Discover Wisconsin TV show. The menu also features fairly unique foods for small-town Wisconsin, like Korean Kimchee Fries. And don’t think the presence of Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery just down the street doesn’t affect the menu here, too!

Common Man Brewing Address:

193 E. Main Street (US 10/63)
Ellsworth, WI 54011
(715) 941-4060
Website

Common Man Brewing Hours:

Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 11:30 am to 10 pm (kitchen until 8 pm)
Wednesday – 11:30 am to 10 pm (kitchen until 8 pm)
Thursday – 11:30 am to 10 pm (kitchen until 8 pm)
Friday – 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 pm (kitchen until 9 pm)
Saturday – 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 pm (kitchen until 9 pm)
Sunday – 11:30 a.m. to 10 pm (kitchen until 8 pm)

You’ll find Common Man Brewing right along U.S. 10/63 in Ellsworth, just east of downtown and not far from Highways 65 and 72.



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.

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