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June 2022

Leaders of Historic Preservation

June 6 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545

Monday: 5 - 7 p.m. The MWHS will be honoring people who have contributed significantly to the history of Manitowish Waters. The evening will begin with a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) sign dedication outside followed by a talk by MWHS historian Kay Krans about the YCC camp at Statehouse Lake, the NLDC today. NLDC board member Tom Joseph will talk about the Northwoods Forest Historical Museum. The recognition awards will wrap up the night. Beverages and appetizers will be provided…

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Dillinger Pontoon Tour

June 10 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Little Bohemia, 142 US-51
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
$65 – $75

Friday: 9:30 am - noon or 1 pm - 3:30 pm 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. The tour is led by Kay Krans, Manitowish Waters Historical Society historian. Space is limited, so please register early; $75 ($65 for members of the NLDC or MWHS). Lunch is…

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Discovering the Histories of Spider and Island Lakes by Pontoon Boat

June 15 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Blue Bayou, 5547 Highway 51
Manitowish Waters, wi 54545
$55 – $60

Wednesday: 9 am – 11 am or 11:30 am - 1:30 pm or 2 pm – 4 pm Join Manitowish Waters Historical Society historian Kay Krans on a two-hour pontoon tour of Spider and Island lakes, which will depart from the Blue Bayou. Discover the Indigenous People cultural networks, logging camps, railroad landing, Ojibwa sugar bush, ricing areas, mysteries, unique residents, homesteads, early resorts and businesses. While traveling along the shores of Island and Spider lakes, participants will view many…

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Exploring Rest Lake’s Amazing History by Pontoon Boat

June 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
$55 – $60

Wednesday: 9 am – 11 am or 11:30 am – 1:30 pm or 2 am – 4 pm Join Manitowish Waters Historical Society historian Kay Krans on a two-hour pontoon tour of Rest Lake, which will depart from Rest Lake Park. Discover the Indigenous People 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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MW Historic Hike and Pub Crawl

June 23 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Koller Park, 6014 County Highway W
Manitowish Waters,

Thursday: 3 pm - 7 pm          June 23rd Pub Crawl Registration Learn about MW history and visit some of 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 into several local establishments for refreshments and amazing stories about…

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

June 24 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
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$55 – $60

Friday: 9 am - 11 am or 11:30 am - 1:30 pm or 2 pm - 4 pm Join Manitowish Waters Historical Society historian 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 Indigenous People trail networks, unique canal systems that linked the MW chain to Lac du Flambeau, all phases of the…

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Exploring Rest Lake’s Amazing History by Pontoon Boat

June 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
$55 – $60

Wednesday: 9 am – 11 am or 11:30 am – 1:30 pm or 2 pm – 4 pm Join Manitowish Waters Historical Society historian Jim Bokern on a two-hour pontoon tour of Rest Lake, which will depart from Rest Lake Park. Discover the Indigenous People 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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July 2022

Historic Pontoon Tour of Manitowish and Little Star Lakes

July 1 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Blue Bayou, 5547 Highway 51
Manitowish Waters, wi 54545
$55 – $60

Brand new tour! Friday: 9 am – 11 am or 11:30 am – 1:30 pm or 2 pm – 4 pm Join Manitowish Waters Historical Society historians Kay Krans and Jim Bokern on a two-hour pontoon tour of Manitowish and Little Star lakes, which will depart from Blue Bayou. Discover the Indigenous community's cultural networks, logging camps, railroad landing, early resorts, Ojibwa village, unique residents, homesteads, businesses and, of course, about Dillinger's gang. While traveling along the shores of these…

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Pine Lawn Cemetery Walk

July 5 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Pine Lawn Cemetery, 13590 Pine Lawn Rd
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545

Tuesday: 5 - 7 p.m. Count on an evening of the undead telling their stories of the past and a peek into the Manitowish Waters of earlier times. Open to the public, and no registration is necessary.

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

July 7 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
$55 – $60

Thursday: 9 am - 11 am or 11:30 am - 1:30 pm or 2 pm - 4 pm Join Manitowish Waters Historical Society historian Kay Krans 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 Indigenous People trail networks, unique canal systems that linked the MW chain to Lac du Flambeau, all phases of the…

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