Click on the link below to read the insightful article on both resorts and fishing on the Manitowish Chain during the early 20th century. Outers Recreation: The Queen of the Manitowish Chain-Fishing Grounds of Island Lake is the last in a series from E. C. Potter who documented most of the lakes in Manitowish Waters with great detail.
The Island Lake article is well written and includes corroborating information on the importance of fishing trips between Island and Big Lakes during the earliest history of the area. The descriptions of using poles to push canoes up Rice Creek, the trails and portages suggests visitors preferred to be quite mobile and active. The map illustrates roads, cottages, resorts and campsites that reveal early shoreline development. Clearly, Island Lake was among the most developed by 1918.