Our Rentals

  • Introduction

    NORTHWOODS COMPASS invites you to experience a vacation in the greater Hayward Lakes area in one of our many private lake homes. Why stay in a standard, impersonal hotel room off-water when our lake homes can accommodate your family and friends? Spend your vacation on the water! All of our lake homes are professionally managed ranging from small rustic cabins to large modern cabins with full amenities. Each home is meticulously maintained, freshly cleaned before your arrival, and equipped with outdoor grills, boat docks, completely furnished kitchens and bed linens. When you come to the Hayward area, it is a slower pace filled with the riches of the environment spun in a small-town atmosphere; we call it “Northwoods Style”.

    The Hayward Lakes area provides year-round recreation. It has over 55,000 acres of glacial lakes for water sports and fishing. Did you know the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Hayward? There are over 200 lakes of all types for the avid fisherman, the pleasure boater, the water/jet-skier and the canoeist/kayaker. Enjoy the natural beauty of over 1.3 million acres of forest land. Did you know the Chequamegon National Forest (think “sha wom again”) covers 850,000 acres covering 6 counties in Northern Wisconsin and is one of the greatest conservation stories in the world and is home to an active Elk population?

    The Hayward area is also the Golf Capital of Wisconsin with 13 golf courses within an hour’s drive. The area also supports a massive trail system for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, hiking, and ATV’s. Did you know Hayward and Cable host the American Birkebeiner which is the largest and most prestigious cross-country ski race in North America? It’s roots originate to Norway in the year 1206 when 2 warrior soldiers, called “Birkebeiners” because of the birch-bark leggings they wore, skied an infant to safety in the civil war? Whether you are a participant or spectator, it is a grand event held every year in February.

    So whether you want to be on the land, on the water, or on the ice and snow, Northwoods Compass stands ready to assist you in finding that vacation lake home. Thank you for visiting our website and please call or email us with any questions so that you can find that special vacation home that meets your needs.

    Your Host, Reuben Johnson

  • Reuben Johnson owns and manages Northwoods Compass, LLC. Reuben grew up in Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (BBA) and the University of Minnesota (MBA program). Prior to moving to Northwest Wisconsin, Reuben worked at SUPERVALU, INC. for 23 years in the Twin Cities, most recently as Vice President of Real Estate. Reuben was VP of Acquisitions and Development for Naterra Land (Waterfront development in NW Wisconsin) for 3 years prior to establishing and serving as President of Northwoods Compass, LLC, a full-service property management company and waterfront development company.

    I have first hand vacation rental experience, having owned and managed a successful rental cabin on Long Lake, located between Spooner and Hayward. In offering my own property to the market, it was important to me that our guests not only find a clean, comfortable and reliable experience at the lake cabin but we wanted it to be a "leader in cabin services". It has been a huge success and now that same level of 5-star service is being expanded to other lake homes owned by others. I have applied my broad real estate background and my direct rental experience into the establishment of Northwoods Compass. It is a property management company that attends to all the details so that we maximize the experience for both the owner and guests. My family and I live in the Hayward area on a full-time basis so service is always close by. We love living on the lake and are active in many charitable causes in the area. We have made many new friends and love the "Northwoods Style" of living.

    I am passionate about the businesses and take great pride in offering superior customer service. I would love to be of service to you. For the lake home owner, I understand the personal and monetary investment you have made in your lake home so your cabin is managed completely and professionally so you can rest easy knowing your lake home is being managed the right way with that personal touch...! For our cabin guests, I strive to understand your specific needs so that we can offer you and your family a lake home and amenities that will enhance your vacation experience. I invite you to experience the history, charm and beauty of the Northwoods.

    "I designed this website so that you could explore all this area has to offer and we invite you to stay and play at one of our many vacation homes."

    Reuben Johnson