This is part of our 100 Things in 2015 challenge. Here’s the full list.
Just outside the bustling town of Hayward, Wisconsin lies an attraction that might top our list of things we are amazed exist. It’s the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum, and on these hallowed grounds is the largest musky (or reproduction thereof) on planet Earth. We couldn’t be in the area and not go.
Yup. A sculpture of a giant fish. That you can go into. And take pictures in the mouth-balcony. Weird. Oh, also – the musky is “swimming” in a shallow pool, and there are several fishing rods around the edge that you can use to catch and release the little fish that live inside.
The rest of the place is, by comparison, fairly as expected. Oh, there are other giant fish, but most of them are only 12 feet high or so. There are also stuffed (or reproduced?) world-record fish, an eclectic taxidermy/boat motor/fishing rod collection, and a small playground.
Despite none of us being anglers, we all came away from this place feeling like it was a good idea to go. Recommended if you’re in the area, even if only so you can say you’ve been.