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July 2021

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 Join NLDC director John Heusinkveld and Manitowish Waters Historical Society (MWHS) member Jim Bokern on either a five-hour pontoon tour of the Turtle Flambeau Flowage. The 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 illustrate the history and cultural traditions of the area. Bring a lunch and water…

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Highlights of Winchester’s History

July 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Winchester Library, 2117 Lake St
Winchester, WI 54557

This presentation is sponsored by the Winchester Library with guest speaker Jim Bokern, a local historian and President of the MW Historical Society. Explore the evolution of the community of Winchester, highlighting new historic research and discoveries.

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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 - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
$45 – $50

August 25th, 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,…

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September 2021

Postponed Due To COVID Precautions……..Leaders of Historic Preservation and YCC Dedication

September 9 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
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Join us NEXT SPRING 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…

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Postponed Due To COVID Precautions……..Thank You to the Statehouse Lake Youth Conservation Corps Driving Tour

September 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
$30 – $35

Please join us NEXT YEAR.   Through the inspiration and guidance of Gaylord Nelson during his tenure as governor of Wisconsin from 1959-1963 and U.S 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 of result of his efforts, the Outdoor Recreation Act became law in 1961. This act allocated 50 million dollars for the State of Wisconsin to acquire over one…

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History of Downtown Manitowish Waters and Rest Lake

September 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Manitowish Waters Athletic Club, 13870 Woodland Ln, Manitowish Waters, WI 54545
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545
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This presentation is sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Athletic Club with guest speaker Jim Bokern, a local historian and President of the MW Historical Society. Explore the evolution of downtown Manitowish Waters and Rest Lake, highlighting the historical significance of areas along Highways W and K.  New historic images will be shared as we take a virtual driving tour through our town.  An optional walk to downtown MW will follow the presentation.

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