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August 2022

Dillinger Pontoon Tour

August 24 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Little Bohemia, 142 US-51
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
$65 – $75

Wednesday: 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. This tour is led by Kay Krans, Manitowish Waters Historical Society historian. Space is limited, so please register early; $75 ($65 for members of the MWHS or NLDC). Lunch is…

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Big Lake Investigation by Pontoon

August 26 @ 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 - noon or 1 pm - 4 pm Big Lake is a scenic lake that has an interesting murder mystery in its history. The 1920s brought people from diverse walks of life to the area. There were several summer estates and some small cabins for summer rentals. Those who lived year-round on the lake were caretakers for the wealthy estates, hunting and fishing guides, trappers, and some moonshiners. One winter night, guide and moonshiner, Mr. Powers, was…

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Discover Historic Traditions and Mysteries of Stone, Fawn and Clear Lakes by Water

August 31 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Clear Lake Boat Landing
$55 – $60

Wednesday: 9 am -11 am, 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 Stone, Fawn and Clear lakes. This trip will depart from the Clear Lake Boat Landing and explore the rich histories of these lakes with a wealth of historic images. Discover the Indigenous People trail networks, MW’s earliest pioneer family, all phases of the logging era, a railroad depot, homesteads, early resorts and businesses. Space…

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September 2022

Dillinger Pontoon Tour

September 8 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Little Bohemia, 142 US-51
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
$75 – $80

Thursday: 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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October 2022

Forest History Driving Tour

October 7 @ 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
$30 – $40

Friday: 11:30 am - 4:30 pm Join us as we travel from eastern Iron County to the old growth forest surrounding Star Lake to explore both historic and modern forestry sites surrounding the Northern Highland American Legion Forest. By the late 19th century, Wisconsin’s leaders wished to create a state park or forest reserve in Iron, Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties to serve generations of residents and visitors. During our travels, we will visit several early sites, including ranger stations,…

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History and Eco Hike of Partridge Creek and Lake

October 8 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
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Join local historian Jim Bokern and a Discovery Center Naturalist on a fascinating hike through history along the old Milwaukee Road railroad grade that created the towns of Star Lake, Boulder Junction and Busswell.  We will explore the Milwaukee Road Railroad, historic logging, Native American travel routes, and the people that lived in this area over a century ago and walk in their footsteps.  Habitat diversity is a hallmark of this hike providing numerous naturalist discoveries in a wild setting. …

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Time Traveler Trail: Trout Lake to Pallette Lake

October 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$20 – $30

Thursday 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Join Manitowish Waters Historical Society guides and NLDC naturalists as we journey along paths that link centuries of Northwoods histories. Departing from North Trout Lake while following the traditional Ojibwa portage linking the Chippewa and Wisconsin rivers, we will discover historic railroads, homesteads, and an early cranberry farm. We will learn the natural history along the route and the impact of the Youth Conservation Corps on area trails and natural resources. This 3.5-mile moderate…

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Thank You to the YCC Driving Tour

October 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
$30 – $35

Tuesday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Through the inspiration and guidance of Gaylord Nelson during his tenure as governor of Wisconsin from 1959-1963 and US senator from our state from 1963-1981, the Wisconsin Youth Conservation Corps was created and shaped to help carry out work through the Wisconsin Conservation Department (DNR). As a result of his efforts, the Outdoor Recreation Act became law in 1961. This act allocated $50 million for the State of Wisconsin to acquire over one million…

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November 2022

Plum Lake Hemlocks Hike

November 5 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
$40 – $50

Friday: 10:30 am – 5 pm Join local historian and guide Jim Bokern and a North Lakeland 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 four- to five-mile hike with one wetland crossing. Bring lunch and…

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