Larry Mann and Wendy Williamson, Acme River Rides’ owners, began exploring the moving water resources of Northern Wisconsin after years of guiding fly fishermen in Colorado and Wisconsin. Now they would love to share a relaxing boat ride with you so you too can take in the incredible rivers of Northern Wisconsin from the comfort of one of our drift boats. We’ll be your experienced river guides providing a stable boat with comfortable seats, and sharing our knowledge of the rivers, history, flora and fauna as we row you down the scenic riverways of the Hayward, WI area.
A Life on the Water
Within one and a half hours of Hayward, Wisconsin, there are more than 1,500 lakes encompassing more than 200,000 acres of water, more than 1,600 miles of trout streams and more than 500 miles of floatable warm water fishing rivers. Over the past 20+ years, Larry and Wendy introduced Northern Wisconsin to fly fishermen from all parts of the country. As their guiding business grew, group trips designed specifically for Veterans were added to the mix and became part of standard Summer activity. While fly fishing remained the focus of all the trips, it became more and more obvious that the MAIN takeaway from the trips was simply experiencing the beauty and tranquility of the rivers. The rivers became, as they always have been, healers for any ailments, perceived or not perceived. In early 2021, one of the guides from Hayward Fly Fishing Company purchased the business, which allowed Larry and Wendy to step away from guiding fly fishermen and form Acme River Rides.