Hayward is a city in Sawyer County, Wisconsin, United States, next to the Namekagon River. The population was 2,129 at the 2000 census. The city is surrounded by the Town of Hayward.
Hayward was "named for Anthony Judson Hayward, who built a sawmill here."
U.S. Highway 63, Wisconsin Highway 27, and Wisconsin Highway 77 are three of the main arterial routes in the community.