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July 2021

MW Cemetery Walk – Reflection of Early Pioneers

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

Please join MWHS  for a guided cemetery walk to hear  “Stories Beneath the Stones” of 6 pioneers from the earliest days of Manitowish Waters.   Volunteers in character will offer historical reflections of each pioneer’s experience during our town’s colorful past. In case of rain event will be held at the community center.   Attendees will visit six gravesites located in close proximity in the older section of the cemetery. Historical presentations will be given at the gravesites of 1 ,…

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

July 7 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Clear Lake Boat Landing
$30 – $35

Join Manitowish Waters Historical Society (MWHS) members Kay Krans and Jim Bokern on a two-hour pontoon tour of Stone, Fawn, and Clear Lakes. This trip will depart from Clear Laken and explore the rich histories of these lakes with a wealth of historic images. Discover the Native American trail networks, MW's earliest pioneer family, all phases of the logging era, a railroad depot, homesteads, early resorts, and businesses.  Space is limited, so please register early. $35 ($30 members of the…

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Dillinger Pontoon Tour

July 9 @ 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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Railroads and Early Commerce Impacting Manitowish Waters

July 10 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Koller Library, 5761 US-51
Manitowish Waters, Wi 54545
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Join us for a free presentation on how railroads influenced Manitowish Waters at Koller Library or on ZOOM.  In the late 1880’s, 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…

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Legends of Manitou Island & Evening Pontoon Tour of Manitowish Lake

July 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Blue Bayou, 5547 Highway 51
Manitowish Waters, wi 54545
$45 – $50

Legends are powerful and can captivate the imagination, whether they are true or not.  Join local historian, Kay Krans, and a Discovery Center naturalist for an evening pontoon tour of Manitowish Lake.  Our tour will delve into the history, legends and myths, and the ecology of this important lake.  The tour will include a delicious dessert and coffee on the deck at Blue Bayou Restaurant.  Registered participants will receive an email prior to the program with details and the location…

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Turtle Flambeau Flowage Historic and Naturalist Pontoon Tour

July 20 @ 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
$45 – $50

Saturday, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm and 5:00pm - 8:30 pm Join NLDC director John Heusinkveld and Manitowish Waters Historical Society (MWHS) member Jim Bokern on either a five-hour pontoon tour or a three and a half hour sunset tour of the Turtle Flambeau Flowage. These trip will depart from Springstead Landing and explore the histories, rich natural beauty and resources of the 13,000 acre Scenic Waters Area. Some historic images bound for personal viewing will be shared to better…

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Discovering the Histories of Spider and Island Lakes by Pontoon Boat

July 23 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
$30 – $35

Tuesday, 9 – 11 am, 11:30 am - 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 Spider and Island lakes, which will depart from the Blue Bayou. Discover the Native American 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…

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Exploring the Northwoods CCC Legacy and Camp Mercer

July 31 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 pm
Koller Public Library, 5761 US-51
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
$14 – $17

Join us for a free presentation on how railroads influenced Manitowish Waters at Koller Library or on ZOOM.  Along the bank of the Manitowish River, on June 21, 1933 the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) established 660th Company S-79 or Camp Mercer. Explore our CCC camp's significant impact on the town of Manitowish Waters and the surrounding area. 660th  These men fought the brutal Powell Marsh fire, protecting lives and property. Camp Mercer was also an administrative camp, overseeing 12 other…

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August 2021

Big Lake Investigation by Pontoon

August 19 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
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$30 – $35

Wednesday, 9 am - 1:30 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. 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 were moonshiners. One winter night, guide and moonshiner, Mr. Powers, was killed. Was it murder? Was it…

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Dillinger Pontoon Tour

August 25 @ 9:30 am - September 25 @ 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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