Saturday, June 3, 2023


RV Short Stops: Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Wisconsin

If you’re into fishing and are traveling through the Midwest, head direct for the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wisconsin.

Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum

Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wisconsin.

The Hall of Fame recognizes anglers who have achieved renown in the sport of fresh water fishing. It sits on six acres of landscaped grounds with a “Sea of Fishes” — including oversized fiberglass bass, perch and bluegill.

The most popular attraction of the complex is “The Big Muskie” which stands 4-1/2 stories tall and is one-half city block long. Also known as the the “Shrine to Anglers,” this giant concrete, steel and fiberglass sculpture depicts a leaping muskellunge. Its gaping, open jaw accommodates about 20 persons and doubles as an observation platform providing a panoramic view of the surrounding area, including Lake Hayward.

The first summer the museum opened in 1976, they say about 8,000 visitors came through the doors. Nowadays, approximately 100,000 visitors tour the grounds between mid-April and the end of October.

Displays in the Fishing Hall of Fame.

The four-building museum complex houses more than 50,000 sport-fishing vintage artifacts.

There are historical lures, rods, reels and accessories. Additionally, there is a collection of more than 400 mounted fish and about 1000 antique motors on display. The Hall of Fame maintains records for the largest fresh water fish in the United States and the world.

Kids take to the playground and the casting practice area. There is also a quarter-acre nature fishing pond.

If you go

A number of large fiberglass fish decorate the outdoor sculpture garden.

National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and museum is located in northwest Wisconsin, 70 miles south of Duluth, Minn.; 140 miles northeast of Minneapolis, Minn.; 400 miles northwest of Chicago.
10360 Hall of Fame Dr.
Hayward, Wis. 54843
(715) 634-4440
Cost: $8.95, 17-under: $6.95
Hours: Open daily mid-April – Oct. 31.
Mid-April, May, Sept., Oct.: 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (No entry after 3:30 p.m.)
June, July & August: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (No entry after 4 p.m.)
Museum and grounds are closed Nov. 1 – mid-April.

—Photos: National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame

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Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane writes about the RVing and camping lifestyles for print and online sites. She was been hooked on RVing from her first rig in the mid-1980s. Between 2000-2008, she was a writer for The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. One of her popular columns was Wheel Life about RVing in the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Crane started publishing RV Wheel She and her husband, Jimmy Smith, keep a homebase in southern Oregon, while they continue to explore North America in their 21-foot 2021 Escape travel trailer. Over the years they have owned every type of RV except a big class A. “Our needs change and thankfully, there’s an RV out there that fits every lifestyle.”


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9 months ago

The log rolling contest in Harward Wisconsin is not to be missed.

Julianne G Crane
9 months ago
Reply to  Nanci

Thanks Nanci.I just looked it up and the next Lumberjack World Championships are set for July 20-22, 2023. More information at their website:

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