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July 2019

Civilian Conservation Corps 660th Company’s Great Legacy

July 27 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Koller Library, 5761 US-51
Manitowish Waters, Wi 54545
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Along the bank of the Manitowish River, on June 21, 1933 the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) established 660th Company S-79 or Camp Mercer. Join us for a free presentation regarding CCC camp's significant impact on the town of Manitowish Waters and the surrounding area. 660th Company men practiced hockey on Dog Lake, played baseball against the Little Bohemia team, rebuilt the lookout tower and manned it for 9 years. These men fought the brutal Powell Marsh fire, protecting lives and…

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August 2019

Exploring Manitowish Waters Mysteries-Chamber After 5

August 1 @ 5:00 am - 7:00 am
Manitowish Waters Town Hall, 5733 Airport Rd
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545

Come and explore historic mysteries in Manitowish Waters. 2019 marks the fourth of several presentations detailing 19th and early 20th century mysteries on each lake connected to the Manitowish Chain. The 2019 presentation will reveal unsolved historic questions on Island, Clear and Big lakes. For instance, recently discovered early 20th century images and maps illustrate how the railroad networks around these lakes impacted both logging and tourism.  Also, multiple turn of the century articles suggest that the area of Clear,…

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Turtle Flambeau Flowage Historic and Naturalist Pontoon Tour

August 3 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
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$45 – $50

                                                                                    Join John Heusinkveld and Jim Bokern on a five hour pontoon tour of the Turtle Flambeau Flowage. This trip will depart from Springstead Landing and explore the histories, rich natural beauty and resources of the 13,000 acre Scenic…

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Dilllinger Pontoon Tour

August 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545

                                                                                      Saturday, 9:30am-12pm and 1:15-3:45pm; Included lunch at Little Bohemia from 12-1pm for both tours. What were John Dillinger and his gang really like and what is the “behind the scenes” story of their weekend in Manitowish Waters? …

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Big Lake Investigation Canoe Trip

August 24 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
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$30 – $35

                                                                       Big Lake is a scenic lake that has an interesting murder mystery in its history. The 1920s brought people from diverse walks of life.  There were several summer estates, and some small cabins for summer rentals. Those who lived year round on the lake were…

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September 2019

Nibbles n’ Knowledge: Youth Conservation Corps History with Kay Krans

September 12 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
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When Gaylord Nelson established a Youth Conservation Corps in Wisconsin, it was part of a broad plan to make environmental issues a top priority in our state and nation. Manitowish Waters was the site of one of the camps to bring young high school men to the Northwoods to assist with projects to improve and protect our natural resources. Join us for a visit back to the days of the YCC camp at Statehouse Lake and learn of some of…

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November 2019

Discovering Manitowish Waters’ Unique Environmental Legacy

November 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545

                                                                                      Diverse environmental stewardship and conservation are strong traditions that began during the earliest days of Manitowish Waters. Beginning in 1912, with the opening of the first forest ranger stations in the state, and continuing today with local…

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