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April 2021

Plum Lake Historical and Naturalist Hike

April 26 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545

Join local historian Jim Bokern and a Discovery Center Naturalist on a fascinating hike through history in the Plum Lake Hemlocks Forest State Natural Area. We will explore the Milwaukee Road Railroad, state leased land and the people that lived in this area over a century ago and walk in their footsteps. This is an off trail, moderately strenuous 4-5 mile hike with one wetland crossing. Bring a lunch and water.  Space is limited so please pre-register early.  This program…

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May 2021

Leaders of Historic Preservation and YCC Dedication

May 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
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Join us in honoring the men and women who have preserved the history of Manitowish Waters, and explore the history of Youth Conservation Corps at Statehouse Lake. The community members honored will be inducted into the Manitowish Waters Leaders of Historic Preservation.  Following the awards, local historians Kay Krans will share newly discovered research regarding the pioneering efforts of MW's YCC camp.   The evening includes a reception with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.  The evening is sponsored by the North Lakeland…

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June 2021

MW Historic Hike and Pub Crawl

June 9 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Learn about MW history and our social establishments as we hike at a leisurely pace on area trails. Using tour guide headsets participants can easily hear and learn from MWHS guides. Trail discussions will include geology, prehistoric, Ojibwa culture, logging, early resorts, guides, Rest Lake Ranger station and more. We will stop in to several local establishments for refreshments and amazing stories about our past. the routes is 4.5 miles and mostly along existing trails.

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Exploring Rest Lake’s Amazing History by Pontoon Boat

June 11 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
$30 – $35

Friday, 9 – 11 am, 11:30 – 1:30 pm, or 2 – 4 pm Join Manitowish Waters Historical Society (MWHS) members Kay Krans and Jim Bokern on a two-hour pontoon tour of Rest Lake, which will depart from Rest Lake Park. Discover the Native American cultural networks, logging camps, railroad landing, one of the state’s earliest forest ranger stations, Rest Lake dam mysteries, unique residents, homesteads, early resorts, and businesses. While traveling along the shores of Rest Lake participants will…

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Dillinger Pontoon Tour

June 12 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
$45 – $50

9:30am-12pm or 1:15-3:45pm; Includes 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?  Enjoy the rich histories of Manitowish Waters as we travel by pontoon to historic Dillinger sites.  Have lunch at the famous Little Bohemia Lodge and tour the property that was featured in the movie Public Enemies.  Tour is led by Kay Krans, retired history…

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Fun Night! MW History Jeopardy Game

June 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Manitowish Waters Town Hall, 5733 Airport Rd
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
donations at the door

Join the Manitowish Waters Historical Society for a fun night of celebrating our community’s history, on June 24th starting at 5:00 pm with the game beginning at 5:45 pm.  Relax in the community center with hors d’oeuvres, while enjoying the company of new and old friends.   A cash bar will provide drinks.  After socializing, the group will gather for brief presentations, and two rounds of Jeopardy based on MW history.  Participants will work in collaborative teams of 8 to respond…

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Southgate Canal and Exclusive Estate Presentation

June 26 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Koller Library, 5761 US-51
Manitowish Waters, Wi 54545

Richard Southgate's elaborate canal system and fishing retreat certainly qualifies as one of the most unique Manitowish Waters historic stories.  Join the Manitowish Waters Historical Society for a presentation at Koller Library or on ZOOM regarding some of the most eccentric early summer residents.  The Lac Du Flambeau Railroad Depot near Headflyer and White Sand Lakes allowed Southgate and guests access to a series of canals leading to his exclusive estate on the northern shore of Little Trout Lake.   The…

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Discover Historic Traditions and Mysteries of Alder and Wild Rice Lakes by Water

June 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
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$30 – $35

Join Manitowish Waters Historical Society (MWHS) members Kay Krans and Jim Bokern on a two-hour pontoon tour of Alder and Wild Rice Lakes. This trip will depart from Alder Lake and explore the rich histories of these lakes with a wealth of historic images. Discover the Native American trail networks, unique canal systems that linked the MW chain to Lac Du Flambeau, all phases of the logging era, a railroad spur landing, homesteads, early resorts, and businesses.  Space is limited,…

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Historic Manitowish River Canoe/Kayak Trip

June 29 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545

Join local historian Jim Bokern and a Discovery Center Naturalist on a fun and educational paddle down the Manitowish River.  Great stories and insights  about the rich natural and cultural history of the river will fill our time paddling.  Starting at the historic Rest Lake Dam we will explore historic sites and discover how the Manitowish River was a main travel corridor for 1000's of years.   The ecologies of the river and surrounding forests also adds to these special stories…

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July 2021

4th of July Parade and MWHS Float

July 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545

Manitowish Waters Historical Society proudly participates in the 4th of July Parade sharing  historic images of our community.  Please join our community in our national celebration along County Highway W in downtown Manitowish Waters!

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