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January 2022

Snowshoe Manitowish River Historic Trails

January 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
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$13 – $18

Saturday: 1 pm - 3:30 pm Join local historian Jim Bokern of the Manitowish Waters Historical Society and a North Lakeland Discovery Center naturalist on a unique hike through history along the Manitowish River. We will explore an old logging ice road and 6 Pause Portage, an Ojibwa and voyager travel route. Exploring natural and geological features along the trails will add key insights regarding the Northwoods. This two-mile hike is mostly off trail, has uneven ground, and is moderately…

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February 2022

Toy Lake Swamp State Natural Area History & Naturalist Snowshoe Hike

February 12 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
$15 – $20

Saturday: 1 pm - 4 pm Join local historian Jim Bokern of the Manitowish Waters Historical Society and a North Lakeland Discovery Center naturalist on a fascinating hike through history in the Toy Lake Swamp State Natural Area. We will explore the lives of the people that lived in this area over a century ago and walk in their footsteps. This is an off trail, strenuous snowshoe hike about three miles in length. Space is limited, so please register early;…

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Railroads and Early MW Commerce via Zoom

February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ZOOM Manitowish Waters, Wi 54545

Join us for a free presentation on how railroads influenced Manitowish Waters on Zoom. In the late 1880s, railroads created new and competing communities in the Northwoods that dominated regional commerce. Railroad access to the Manitowish Waters chain was always limited, lagging compared to other regional communities; but local loggers, resorts, guides and businesses adapted to these challenges. By 1905, the Manitowish Waters chain was accessed by two competing railroads seeking to access the last tracts of virgin timber and…

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Snowshoe Manitowish River Historic Trails

February 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
+ Google Map
$13 – $18

Saturday: 1 pm - 3:30 pm Join local historian Jim Bokern of the Manitowish Waters Historical Society and a North Lakeland Discovery Center naturalist on a unique hike through history along the Manitowish River. We will explore an old logging ice road and 6 Pause Portage, an Ojibwa and voyager travel route. Exploring natural and geological features along the trails will add key insights regarding the Northwoods. This two-mile hike is mostly off trail, has uneven ground and is moderately…

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April 2022

Explore Alder and Wild Rice Lakes via Zoom

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ZOOM Manitowish Waters, Wi 54545

As the ice goes out on the MW chain, it is time to get ready for your favorite virtual pontoon ride via Zoom!  Explore the amazing histories of Alder and Wild Rice lakes. Learn how the eastern portion of the chain holds some of the most interesting stories. We will explore Indigenous communities, loggers, a summer camp and the rise of resorts. A late 19th century canal system that linked the Manitowish chain to Lac du Flambeau was unique within…

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Partridge Lake and Creek Hike

April 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
$40 – $50

Friday: 9 am - 4 pm Join local historian Jim Bokern of the Manitowish Waters Historical Society and a North Lakeland 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 Buswell. We will explore the Milwaukee Road Railroad, historic logging, Indigenous People travel routes, and the people that lived in this area over a century ago and walk in their footsteps. Habitat diversity…

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Plum Lake Hemlocks Hike

April 29 @ 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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May 2022

Camp Mercer Interpretive Trail Hike

May 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
$25 – $30

Friday: 1 pm – 3:30 pm Explore one of the most robust Civilian Conservation Corps camps in the Northwoods with Manitowish Waters Historical Society historian Jim Bokern and a NLDC naturalist while walking on the newest NHAL hiking trail! With 23 interpretive signs and cleared archaeological features, years of research will be discussed while traveling along the Manitowish River. We will discover a variety of the Northwoods' ecologies and the impact of the CCC on protecting natural resources. Importantly, two…

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June 2022

Dillinger Pontoon Tour

June 10 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
$75 – $80

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; $80 ($75 for members of the NLDC or MWHS). Register at…

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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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