Collections

Prehistory & Archaeology

Manitowish Waters Overview, Best Practices,Q & A, Laws

Early History

Fur Trade, Logging, Ojibwa, Missionaries, Railroads, Rest Lake Dam, Federal Agents, Civilian Conservation Corps-660th Company SF-79, Criminal & Nefarious Activities

Government

Infrastructure, Federal, State, County, Local/Town

Recreation

Hunting, Fishing, Biking, Snowmobiling, Skiing, Hiking, Water Sports, Community Center & Parks

Community

Municipal, Chamber of Commerce, Schools, Rest Lake Dam, Fish Hatchery, Civic Organizations, Cultural Activities

Commerce

Resorts & Accommodations, Manufacturing, Retail, Restaurants & Taverns, Agriculture

Latest Additions

Birching in the Big Woods Part I.

Welcome to “Discovering the Northwoods” from the Manitowish Water Historical Society. We will take you on a journey through our local history with the help of primary source documentation. To learn more about this rich history or about the historical society – check out our website at  mwhistory.org for blog posts, show notes, our YouTube…

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Welcome to Discovering the Northwoods

“Discovering the Northwoods” will take you on journeys through our local history with the help of primary source documentation. To get our podcast rolling – we have episodes on hunting, fishing, and tales of wild animals in our beloved Northwoods.

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A Real Hot Lynx Story

We would like to introduce A Real Hot Lynx Story written by E. Hough. The original source is from the 1898 Forest & Stream Magazine publication. Our reader, Bill Zuicker, will bring to life the story of Fay L. Buck’s encounter with Canadian Lynx.

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Into the Wild Woods Part II

We would like to introduce Into the Wild Woods Part II read by Bill Zuiker. If you haven’t already – check out episode 1 Into the Wild Woods Part I. This 1900 publication documents a guided 1899 hunting and fishing trip in the Manitowish Waters Area.

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Into the Wild Woods Part I

We would like to introduce Into the Wild Woods Part I read by Bill Zuiker. This 1900 publication documents a guided 1899 hunting and fishing trip in the Manitowish Waters area.

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Spider Lake Minutes

Discover the history and evolution of our town government from Lac Du Flambeau, to Spider Lake, to Manitowish Waters. Click on the link to access the document: http://ppolinks.com/mwhistory/Town%20Ledger%201928.pdf

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The Barr Fishway

Explore the unique history and legacy of Harry Barr’s Fishway that was first employed at the Rest Lake Dam in the early 1930’s.  The Rayala and Kovar families donated Barr’s document explaining and promoting his fisway as a revolutionary conservation measure.  During the Great Depression the Wisconsin Conservation Commission partnered with the town of Spider…

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Manitowish Waters Historian Ruth Gardner

Click on the title to view publication The Joy of Ice Skating Fish Tales

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