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elcome to Manitowish Waters! Whether you are here for work, pleasure or just passing through we know that you will find something to love about our home in the Northwoods. Our town is formed around the “Legendary 10 Lake Chain” that is perfect for relaxation and recreation. Our lakes, world class bike trails, restaurants and charming downtown are the centerpiece of a great vacation in any season. Manitowish Waters has always been a place for traditions and making memories with my family and friends. My grandfather

taught me how to fish on the end of our pier on Rest Lake; my family still sets up chairs at 6am to get the perfect spot for the 4th of July parade; and every year we huddle around the fireplace to ring in the New Year with rosy cheeks from a long day playing in the snow. Whatever your interests - biking, skiing, boating, snowmobiling, shopping or total relaxation - I can’t wait for you to make your own traditions and memories in Manitowish Waters. Enjoy your stay, Elizabeth Gering President

Welcome................................................................3 History...................................................................5 Calendar of Events........................................... 6-10 Ongoing Events...................................................10 Weddings & Events..............................................11 Music In The Park............................................... 12 MW Skiing Skeeters............................................ 12 Northwoods Bad Dash......................................... 13 Biking.............................................................. 14-19 Hiking, Skiing, Snowshoeing.........................18-19 Fishing................................................................ 20 Fish of Manitowish Waters Area Lakes..............22 Snowmobiling......................................................23 Winter Rendezvous.............................................23 Attractions & Shopping.......................................24 Visual & Performing Arts....................................25 Birding.................................................................26 Fall Colors............................................................26 Waterfalls.............................................................27 Airport.................................................................28 Parks....................................................................29


Table of Contents Cranberry Marshes........................................ 30-31 Accommodations At-A-Glance...................... 32-33 Map of Manitowish Waters........................... 34-37 Community Services............................................35 Friends of the Chamber & Non-Profit Members.35 Chamber Member Directory Accommodations...................................... 38-46 Artists & Galleries...........................................46 Attractions.................................................46-48 Automotive Services.......................................49 Beauty Salons..................................................49 Building/Construction Services.................50-51 Sporting Goods/Services...........................51-52 Grocery............................................................52 Advertising/Marketing...................................53 Professional Services................................ 53-54 Real Estate................................................ 54-55 Shopping.........................................................57 Technology......................................................57 Restaurants................................................57-59 Dining Guide...................................................60-71

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rom the earliest times to present day, the history of the Northwoods of Wisconsin has been written by the lakes, rivers, forests and changing seasons. Bands of Native Americans were the earliest inhabitants of Manitowish Waters, drawn by its abundant wild rice, fish, game and even maple syrup that they harvested to sustain generation after generation.

Entrepreneurs saw promise in other ways: some through homesteading; others sensing the desire of city folk to relax, fish and hunt in the pristine and beautiful Northwoods. Sportsmen and wealthy families traveled by rail from Chicago and Milwaukee to rail hubs, then were taken by horse and wagon, some even by boat, to reach their vacation destination. The first lodge was built on Island Lake in the 1880’s. By the first few decades of the 20th Century, Manitowish Waters and the rest of the Northwoods swelled in population as more and more vacationers sought to escape big city life. Small towns grew noticeably bigger, as resorts needed more goods and workers, including fishing guides. During Prohibition, the lodges and halls filled with “one-armed bandits” and “rum runner” spirits. The local law rarely enforced the federal laws against alcohol and gambling. Famous and infamous guests were legendary. Among the latter, were members of the

A notable exception occurred in 1934, when the FBI caught wind that the John Dillinger gang was staying at the Little Bohemia Resort. A trap was laid, but Dillinger escaped. The resulting shootout left town constable Carl Christensen riddled with eight bullet wounds. He survived, got $3,500 from the federal government for his troubles, and started his own resort and bar on Hwy. 51. The tavern is still running today and is called the Cozy Cove. Their Bluegrass Festival in July still brings in big name Bluegrass bands from around the country. Visitors can still see the bullet holes in the walls of Little Bohemia Resort; Christensen’s scrapbook and other historic artifacts are housed at the Koller Library and at businesses throughout town. The town’s colorful history includes tightrope walker Bob Loveless and a caged bear at the Howling Bear. Eventual civic development led to a school, cemetery and town hall. The airport came after World War II when public enthusiasm for aviation burgeoned. With the advent of the snowmobile in the ’60s, the Northwoods officially became a four-season vacationland. Hwy. 51 was vastly improved, greatly improving the time for visitors from Chicago and Milwaukee to travel north.


The earliest European voyageurs and fur trappers were next on the horizon. In the 19th Century, these explorers traded with the natives and mapped the territory for the next influx of immigrants. The Northwoods’ vast timber resources that stretched over the land seemed endless. Timber barons sent their work crews steadily into the Northwoods, felling giant red and white pines, floating them down raging rivers in the spring, and later, bringing them out of the woods by oxen pulling huge loads of cut trees that towered above them.

Chicago mob. For the most part, they behaved themselves while “Up North” and didn’t attract much outside attention.

The Manitowish Waters Skiing Skeeters – one of the oldest amateur water-ski clubs in the U.S. – was established in the late 1950s. They sponsored, and won, the first statewide barefoot tournament held in the U.S. in 1964. National publicity of the event established Manitowish Waters as the “Barefoot Capital of the Midwest.” Today, Manitowish Waters is also famous for its cranberry industry, its location on the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail, and its breathtaking “Legendary 10-Lake Chain of Lakes.” It is a community connected by a love for nature, its sparkling waters and numerous recreation opportunities. We invite you to make Manitowish Waters your vacation destination and to build your own memories.

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This article was compiled from the following sources: “Manitowish Waters Area History: A Look Back” - Michael Dunn III Manitowish Waters Koller Library Blog “The History of Manitowish Waters” - Callie Bates Photos courtesy of: The Koller Library and Jerry Florian

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Calendar of Events EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE……. Always confirm before traveling! Fees required for some events. For more information contact the Manitowish Waters Chamber at 715-543-8488 or view the most up-to-date calendar at



15 & 17 • Christmas Bird Counts. Join the Discovery Center Bird Club and Naturalist John Bates in this wonderful citizen science activity focused on monitoring the abundance of our winter resident birds. This is a great activity for beginner and experienced birders alike. Counts will take place in Minocqua (December 15th) and Manitowish Waters (December 17th). 1-877-543-2085, www.

29 • Join us at the White Oak Grill for a fabulous evening of food, friends and dancing! Start the evening with cocktails and hors d’oeurves at  5:00 pm followed by a six-course dinner and then dance the night away!  Tickets are on sale now for $90. Purchasing a table for 8 gets you two bottles of house red or white wine on us. Purchasing a table for 10 get you three bottles on us. Live music provided by the Bluewater Kings Band. ( Call today to make reservations, 715-543-8111. 30 • Candlelit Snowshoe. Enjoy an evening snowshoe hike on the Discovery Center’s 2-mile snowshoe trail with beautifully lit luminaries paving the way. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow ours (limited quantities available). Hot chocolate, s’mores, and a bonfire will be available.  5-7:30pm $5 per person. 1-877-543-2085, 31• FAT TIRE BIKING DEMO  10am – 3pm at The WinMan Trails – Demos will be available for use on the groomed fat bike trail and the WinMan trail crew will be leading guided rides. Already own a fat bike? Join us anyways for a fun afternoon of riding and parking lot shenanigans.


28 • RIVER TRAIL SNOWShoe. Follow the Manitowish River with Discovery Center Naturalist Licia Johnson as she guides you down one of the Center’s most picturesque and beautiful trails. Meet at the Tower Road parking lot (Statehouse Lake Trail sign) across from the Ye Olde Shillelagh.  Space is limited; advance registration is appreciated.  Wednesday, 1-3pm.  $5 per person. 1-877-543-2085, www.discoverycenter. net 29 • FREE SNOWSHOE DAY. Snowshoes available at the North Lakeland Discovery Center for complimentary onsite use. Enjoy the crisp air and sights of nature! Snowshoes are limited and available on a first come first served basis. 9am-4pm. 1-877-543-2085, www.

29 • WINTER FAMILY PLAY DAY. As part of the “Marvel in Manitowish”, the North Lakeland Discovery Center will host several free drop-in activities that are fun for the whole family, including winter scavenger hunts, snow critter building, crafts, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Chili cook-off lunch available. 11am-2pm. 1-877-543-2085,

4 • BROWN BAG: BATS OF WI It has been an interesting year for the bats of Wisconsin. Join us and learn about their battle with White Nose Syndrome and about the new species declared in the state! You will also meet Discovery Center education bat Edgar up close and personal. Program held at Boulder Junction Public Library. Wednesday, 12-1pm. Donations appreciated. 1-877-543-2085, 9 • BIRD BANDING DEMONSTRATION. Adults and kids will enjoy seeing live birds up close at the North Lakeland Discovery Center through bird banding. Adopt a bird for a memorable experience releasing a banded bird. There are special activities just for kids including “band-a-kid” and a migration challenge game. Just drop by Bobcat Cabin during the public banding demonstration hours. Banding station will not operate in rainy weather or temperatures less than 20° F. Groups of 8+ please call to schedule a banding demonstration just for your group. 1-3:30pm. Suggested Donation $5 per person. 1-877-543-2085, 12 • NIBBLES N’ KNOWLEDGE: A NORTHWOODS WINTER ALMANAC. Every species has adopted its own path to surviving winter in the Northwoods. While it may seem very quiet out there, there’s a lot going on, and most of it is truly remarkable.  Come explore some of these stories told by naturalist and author John Bates and expect to be amazed.  An evening of delicious nibbles and expanding your knowledge.  Appetizers and refreshments from 5-6pm, program from 6-7pm. Pre-registration required by 1/12. Program held at Camp Jorn YMCA. 5-7pm $13 ($10 members). 1-877543-2085,

28 • Interpretive Snowshoe. Get to know the trails from an interpreter’s ecological lens and through the eyes of an never know what we will find! 1-3pm $7($5 members). 1-877-543-2085, www.


2 • BROWN BAG: LOONS. Common Loons are an iconic symbol of the Northwoods. Learn about their amazing adaptations, captivating calls, miraculous migration, and more! Program held at the Winchester Community Library. Noon-1pm. Donations appreciated. 1-877-543-2085, www.discoverycenter. net 4 • VAN VLIET OLD GROWTH SNOWSHOE. Designated a State Natural Area in 2013, the Van Vliet Hemlocks are a beautiful example of an old growth forest in the Northwooods.  Join a naturalist and learn about this unique habitat and some interesting winter animal adaptations during this fun snowshoe. Advanced registration required by 2/2. 1-3pm. Free - Sponsored by Friends of Van Vliet. 1-877-543-2085, www. 5 • SNO SKEETERS BREAKFAST AT THE PEA PATCH Sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Sno-Skeeters Snowmobile Club, 8 am – Noon. Held at the Pea Patch Saloon, Hwy W & Tower Road / Trail 8. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast where proceeds will help enhance the snowmobile trails throughout Manitowish Waters. Enter to win the “guns and roses” – raffle drawings at noon. 715-543-2455, 11 • BIRD BANDING DEMONSTRATION. Adults and kids will enjoy seeing live birds up close at the North Lakeland Discovery Center through bird banding. Adopt a bird for a memorable experience releasing a banded bird. There are special activities just for kids including “band-a-kid” and a migration challenge game. Just drop by Bobcat Cabin during the public banding demonstration hours. Banding station will not operate in rainy weather or temperatures less than 20° F. Groups of 8+ please call to schedule a banding demonstration just for your group. 1-3:30pm Suggested Donation $5 per person. 1-877-543-2085,

15 • SNO-SKEETER SNOWMOBILE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER. 8am – Noon at Ye Olde Shillelagh Irish Pub – 14202 Tower Road.

29 • CHILI COOK-OFF. Join the North Lakeland Discovery Center for their 2nd annual chili cook-off! Contact the Discovery Center for more information and to sign up your entry! Join us from 11am-2pm to taste and vote for your favorite! Up for grabs is the prestigious “Wooden Spoon” award! Please sign up your entry by 12/27. 11am-2pm. 1-877-543-2085.


14 • WinMan Moon Shoe. Travel among the trees and shadows during this wonderful moon lit adventure along WinMan Trails at night! Your guide will engage you in observing the world in a different light. Meet at the WinMan trail parking lot at the intersection of Hwys W and J. Space is limited. Advance registration required. 7-8:30pm. $7 ($5 members). 1-877-5432085,

11 • WINMAN MOON-SHOE. Travel among the trees and shadows during this wonderful moon lit adventure along WinMan Trails at night! Your guide will engage you in observing the world in a different light. Meet at the Win Man trail parking lot at the intersection of Hwys W and J. Saturday, 7pm-8:30pm. $7 ($5 members) Space is limited, advance registration is required. 1-877-543-2085,

15 • BLOOD DRIVE. Sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Lioness Club, 1-4 pm at the Manitowish Waters Community Center. 16 • NIBBLES N’ KNOWLEDGE: SECRET LOVE LIVES OF ANIMALS PART 3. The past two year’s ‘love life’ program was so popular we’ve decided to do a part 3! With fun new information, join Discovery Center program staff for this interactive, hilarious and educational presentation on the mating rituals of critters of the Northwoods and beyond! An evening of delicious nibbles and expanding your knowledge.  Appetizers and refreshments from 5-6pm, program from 6-7pm. Pre-registration required by 2/14. Program held at Camp Jorn YMCA. 5-7pm - $13 ($10 members). 1-877-543-2085, www.

21 • PRIMARY ELECTION DAY – if required Community Center 24 • WINTER WATERFALL TOUR. Join the North Lakeland Discovery Center as we snowshoe by some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area at a time of year many seldom experience. Conditions can make this a strenuous outing. Limited registration; open to members only. Advanced registration required by 2/22. Friday, 9am-5pm $25 members only. 1-877543-2085,

4 • ANIMAL TRACK SNOWSHOE. Join in on an afternoon snowshoe hike on our Interpretive Trail. Keep an eye out for critters, tracks, and another animal sign.  You never know what we will find!  Saturday, 1-3pm.   $7 ($5 members). 1-877543-2085, 9 • NIBBLES N’ KNOWLEDGE: TAPPING THOSE TREES – MAPLE SYRUPING. ‘Tis the season for that sweet sap to start flowing from maple trees! Come and learn the history of maple syruping, how to identify maple trees this time of year, and a bit of a maple syruping 101 so you can start this fun tradition at your own home!  An evening of delicious nibbles and expanding your knowledge. Appetizers and refreshments from 5-6pm, program from 6-7pm. Preregistration required by 3/7. Program held at Camp Jorn YMCA. 5-7pm, $13 ($10 members). 1-877-5432085, 11 • BIRD BANDING DEMONSTRATION. Adults and kids will enjoy seeing live birds up close at the North Lakeland Discovery Center through bird banding. Adopt a bird for a memorable experience releasing a banded bird. There are special activities just for kids including “band-a-kid” and a migration challenge game. Just drop by Bobcat Cabin during the public banding demonstration hours. Banding station will not operate in rainy weather or temperatures less than 20° F. Groups of 8+ please call to schedule a banding demonstration just for your group. 1-3:30pm. Suggested Donation $5 per person. 1-877-543-2085, 11 • WINMAN MOON SHOE. Travel among the trees and shadows during this wonderful moon lit adventure along WinMan Trails at night! Your guide will engage you in observing the world in a different light. Meet at the WinMan trail parking lot at the intersection of Hwys W and J. Saturday, 7pm-8:30pm $7 ($5 members) Space is limited, advance registration is required. 1-877-543-2085, 18 • MAPLE SYRUPING CLASS. Join Discovery Center Naturalists as we teach you how to tap maple trees and boil it down into sweet sweet syrup! From identifying the perfect maple tree to a jar full of syrup ready to be poured, we will go through the process step by step. Get hands on experience and a few tasty treats along the way. *Program subject to weather conditions and sap flow* . Pre-registration required by 3/16. Saturday, 1-3:30pm. $10 ($7 members). 1-877-543-2085,

25 • OWL PROWL AND NIGHT HIKE. Join one of our Naturalists for a night hike searching for stealthy and elusive owls. Begin the evening by learning about owl adaptations and then travel to Van Vliet Hemlocks State Natural Area to listen and search for these nocturnal hunters. Space is limited. Advance registration required by 2/20. Saturday, 6-8pm $10 ($7 members). 1-877-543-2085, www. 25 • CAMP JORN ALL YOU CAN EAT PIZZA FUNDRAISER. All you can eat pizza, raffles and children’s art silent auction. Pizza bar is $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. All proceeds go to the Camp Jorn Childcare Center. Held at Camp Jorn YMCA from 5-8pm.


1 • BROWN BAG: UNDERSTANDING BLACK BEARS. Join a Discovery Center Naturalist to learn about the characteristics, adaptations, and life cycle of the black bear, along with how to live with them in the Northwoods. Program held at Presque Isle Library. Noon-1pm. Donations appreciated. 1-877-543-2085,

6 • NIBBLES N’ KNOWLEDGE: A TALE OF TWO CRANES. The two crane species in North America, the Sandhill and Whooping Crane, are at opposite ends of the population spectrum. Back from the brink of extinction, the rare Whooping Crane is making a steady yet fragile comeback - recovering from a low of only 21 individuals in the wild in 1944, to just over 450 birds today.  The Sandhill Crane population, however, has made a robust recovery over the past 50 years, and they now number in the tens of thousands in Wisconsin. Why the big difference? Join an interpretive naturalist from the International Crane Foundation to learn about the differences between these two species and how the innovative projects at the International Crane Foundation safeguard cranes and the amazing places that enrich our lands and our lives. An evening of delicious nibbles and expanding your knowledge. Cash bar and complimentary appetizers from 5-6pm, program from 6-7pm. Preregistration required by 4/8. Program held at Camp Jorn YMCA. 5-7pm $13 ($10 members). 1-877-5432085, 7-8 • CRANE COUNT TRAINING AND COUNT. The North Lakeland Discovery Center invites beginner and experienced birders to join us in the morning on April 7 to count cranes across Vilas County. Plan to attend a brief training at the Discovery Center on the day prior to the count to review protocol and determine logistics. Call for more information. Training: Friday, 10-11:30am Count: Saturday, 5:30-7:30am (optional breakfast gathering follows). 1-877-543-2085, www.


18 • WINTERFEST RENDEZVOUS. Sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Sno-Skeeters Snowmobile Club. Held on Rest Lake at Rest Lake Park (Hwy. W, trail 8), 9:30am - 6:30pm. Ice fishing contest, games, snowmobile demos, and more! Food & beverages, music from 3-6pm and raffles under a heated tent. Off-site awards and 2017 winter raffle drawing (Ski-Doo), Fireworks show. 715-543-2455, www.

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15 • BIRD BANDING DEMONSTRATION. Adults and kids will enjoy seeing live birds up close at the North Lakeland Discovery Center through bird banding. Adopt a bird for a memorable experience releasing a banded bird. There are special activities just for kids including “band-a-kid” and a migration challenge game. Just drop by Bobcat Cabin during the public banding demonstration hours. Banding station will not operate in rainy weather or temperatures less than 20° F. Groups of 8+ please call to schedule a banding demonstration just for your group. 1-3:30pm Suggested Donation $5 per person. 1-877-543-2085, www.discoverycenter. 15 • EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA. Family egg hunt begins at 9am with pancake breakfast to follow. This is a free event, however donations to our Child Care and Day Camp Programs are appreciated. Event held at Camp Jorn from 9-11am.


4 • ELECTION DAY – COMMUNITY CENTER & LIONESS BAKE SALE 5 • BROWN BAG: WILD CATS OF WI. Explore the world of Wisconsin’s elusive wild cats. Learn about the ecology and adaptations of bobcat, cougar, and lynx. Program held at the Mercer Library. 12-1pm. Donations appreciated. 1-877-543-2085, www.


3 • BROWN BAG: THE AMAZING HUMINGBIRD. What makes a hummingbird hum? It is a sure sign of spring when we start to see these beautiful little birds show up in the Northwoods.   Learn about their amazing migration and adaptations in this fun and informative program. Program held at the Manitowish Waters Library. Wednesday, 12-1pm. Donations appreciated. 1-877-543-2085, www.

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Calendar of Events 9 • GARDEN CLUB GATHERING. Want to learn more about the North Lakeland Discovery Center’s Garden Club? Join us for an introduction to who and what the garden club is and how you can help! Please come ready to work with gloves, garden tools and a smile. 10am-12pm. 1-877-543-2085, www.discoverycenter. net


11 • HELPING HANDS DAY. Volunteers and community groups are invited to join Discovery Center Staff in cleaning up the grounds, prepping gardens and trails, and doing a bit of spring cleaning. Indoor and outdoor options for helping out. Volunteers will be provided with lunch afterward. Thursday, 10am-12pm Please sign up by 5/10. 715-543-2085,

11 • NIBBLES N’ KNOWLEDGE The North Lakeland Discovery Center presents an evening of delicious nibbles and expanding your knowledge. Cash bar and complimentary appetizers from 5-6pm, program from 6-7pm. Pre-registration required. 5-7pm, $13 ($10 members). 1-877-543-2085, www.discoverycenter. net 12-13 • 13TH ANNUAL NORTHWOODS BIRDING FESTIVAL. Sponsored by and held at the North Lakeland Discovery Center. The Northwoods Birding Festival is an opportunity for bird enthusiasts of all levels to celebrate birds while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow birders in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin. Learn from experts in the field of ornithology, improve your birding skills through field trips to local birding hotspots, and see birds up close through bird banding demonstrations! This year’s 13th Annual Northwoods Birding Festival features field programs and keynote presentations by birding experts. We hope to spot you there! 1-877543-2085,

23 • ACOUSTIC BAT MONITOR REFRESHER. The North Lakeland Discovery Center is holding this class for those already trained on the Acoustic Bat Monitoring equipment but who would like a refresher on how to use the equipment before the survey season starts. 6pm-7pm. Preregistration required by 5/20. 715-5432085, 24 • ACOUSTIC BAT MONITOR TRAINING. Join the North Lakeland Discovery Center and learn how to be a part of our Acoustic Bat Monitoring team and conduct surveys on your lake or property. A simple, hand-held device is used to conduct these 1-hour surveys. 6pm-8pm. Preregistration required by 5/20. 715-543-2085,


26 • LIONESS PIE SALE. Sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Lioness Club. Held at the Village Market at 8am. 26 • LIONESS BRAT STAND SALE. The Manitowish Waters Lioness will be selling brats at the brat stand by the Village Market. 27 - FRIENDS OF LIBRARY BRAT STAND SALE. Brats will be sold at the brat stand at the Village Market by the Friends of the Library. 27-28 • MANITOWISH WATERS ANTIQUE & CLASSIC BOAT & CAR SHOW. Hosted on the Legendary 10 Lake Chain in Manitowish Waters. It’s our 2nd Annual Antique & Classic Boat & Car Show. Be sure to check out the many boats, displays, informational booths along with the classic cars on dry land. Live Music – both days. Concessions will be available. 715-5438488, or MWBoatShow. com


1 • JUST “TRI” IT TRIATHLON. Sponsored and held at the North Lakeland Discovery Center, 8:30am. This first of July, take a tour around the beautiful Northwoods! Includes 300yd Lake Swim; 10K Mountain Bike; 5K Trail Run. Individuals and Relay Teams welcome. For ‘newbies’ and experienced athletes alike. The Best Little Triathlon in the Northwoods! Register as a team or an individual. 1-877-543-2085, 4 • MANITOWISH WATERS INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION. Festivities at the Community Center from 9:00 am to 3:00pm. The fun includes an arts & crafts fair, Lioness Strawberry Shortcake, MW Lakes Association Trout Pond for the Kids, raffles, giant game tent & prizes for kids, Lions sponsored food & beverages, MW Sno-skeeters Brat Feed, airplane display and rides (weather permitting). Skiing Skeeters water ski show, 7 - 8:30 pm, at Rest Lake Park; Manitowish Waters Fire Company sponsored fireworks at dusk over Rest Lake. 715-543-8488, 4 • 4TH OF JULY PARADE. Parade at 1 pm along Hwy. W from the North Lakeland Discovery Center to the gravel pit. Sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce. To enter a float, please register with the Chamber at 715-543-8488, www.

28 • MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND PANCAKE BREAKFAST. Held at the Manitowish Waters Community Center, 8am – Noon. Sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Lions Club. 715-904-2888, 28 • THE BIG EVENT. Mark your calendars for the North Lakeland Discovery Center’s annual “FUNraiser!” This popular event includes beverages, appetizers, and dinner. Browse and bid on an array of items, experiences, and getaways through both a silent and live auction. Advance reservations required. 4:307:30pm. 715-543-2085,


8 • NIBBLES N’ KNOWLEDGE The North Lakeland Discovery Center presents an evening of delicious nibbles and expanding your knowledge. Cash bar and complimentary appetizers from 5-6pm, program from 6-7pm. Pre-registration required. 5-7pm, $13 ($10 members). 1-877-543-2085, www.discoverycenter. net 16-17 • SOLSTICE BIKING FESTIVAL. The Solstice Festival celebrates the longest day of the year and is the official start to the summer cycling season in Manitowish Waters. Join the excitement and camaraderie of the Family Fun Paved Trail Ride and the Century/Half-Century/Cranberry Road Ride. Whether preparing for a weeklong tour or charity ride, training for a summer of competitive racing, or simply getting the family out for an organized ride, the 2017 Solstice Festival has perfect courses and activities to offer. After a day in the saddle, stick around for a party in the park, featuring live music, food, drinks and more. 715-543-8488, www. See ad page 42 22 • LIONS PORK CHOP DINNER. Held in the Lions pavilion at the Manitowish Waters Community Center, 5 – 7pm. Pork chop dinner with all the trimmings. Cash bar available. 715-904-2888, www. 30 - FRIENDS OF LIBRARY BRAT STAND SALE. Brats will be sold at the brat stand by the Village Market.

6 • FAMILY PLAY DAY. The North Lakeland Discovery Center is hosting healthy outdoor activities and play for the whole family, including nature art, giant bubble making, canoe games, geocaching, war canoe rides, water balloon games, volleyball, fish casting contests and more! Material fee for some activities and lunch plates are available for purchase. Donations appreciated! 1-877-543-2085, 11-12 • USED BOOK SALE. Sponsored by the Friends of Koller Library, 9-3 daily, held in the Lions Pavilion by the Manitowish Waters Community Center. 9 am – 3 pm daily. 715-543-2700, 19 • FLEAZAAR. Sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Community Church, this giant flea market & bazaar presents one year’s worth of collected treasure for sale ONE DAY ONLY! 7 am – 3 pm. Bazaar inside the church includes handmade items, baked goods and antiques. Flea market and food tents outside on church grounds. 715-543-2998 20 • LIONS PORK CHOP DINNER. Held in the Lions pavilion at the Manitowish Waters Community Center, 5 – 7pm. Pork chop dinner with all the trimmings. Cash bar available.715-904-2888, www. 20-23 • 52nd ANNUAL MANITO ART LEAGUE ART SHOW. Fine Art Show open to the public with all items for sale. Free admission. Silent Auction. People’s Choice voting. Held at the Manitowish Waters Community Center Thursday - Saturday, 9 am – 6 pm and Sunday, 9 am - 2 pm. 715-358-6067, www.

22 • TASTE OF MANITOWISH WATERS. Featuring the Manitowish Waters Chamber’s annual “Taste of Manitowish Waters,” 11 am – 2 pm. Sample a variety of delicious food prepared and served by local restaurants, live music and beverages! Held in the Lions Pavilion at the MW Community Center. Hwy 51 & Airport Rd. 715-543-8488, www. 22 • SPEND THE DAY IN MANITOWISH WATERS Manito Art League Art Show inside the Community Center 9am – 5pm. Shop participating businesses, 9 am – 5 pm, during the annual Sidewalk Sales. Enjoy dinner at one of our fantastic restaurants before you end your day with a Skiing Skeeters water ski show, 7 pm, at Rest Lake Park. 715-543-8488, www. 26 • BLOOD DRIVE. Sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Lioness Club, 1-4pm at the Manitowish Waters Community Center.

28-29 • RELAY FOR LIFE OF NORTHERN LIGHTS. You are invited to join us for the 23rd year of the American Cancer Society Northern Lights Relay for Life. The event is held at LUHS Minocqua, starting at 4 pm Friday thru 8 am Saturday. To see how you can participate contact Rita Mazur, Event Chair 715-614-4169 or Diane Hapka, Community Manager 715-891-2061. 28-30 • NORTHWOODS ART TOUR 10 am – 5 pm daily. Held throughout the Northwoods communities, enjoy self-guided tours through the back roads of the Northwoods to the studios and galleries of area artists. View artists at work and make purchases on site. Brochures with maps are available to download at or pick one up at the Chamber Office. Fall Tour October 6-8, 2017. 715-385-3334

5 • 4th Annual Chippewa Cup Regatta ~ Have a sailboat? Bring it to Manitowish Lake and join our regatta.  Two categories: single or double hull.  Followed by a pool party with food and cocktails. The White Oak Grill, 715-543-8111.

3 • SNO-SKEETERS SUMMER FEST. Sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Sno-Skeeters, 1:30–6pm. Held at Koller Park. Raffles, kid’s games, live music, food, duck race and lots of fun! 715-543-2455, www.

10-13 • VILAS COUNTY FAIR. Held at the Vilas County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 70, Eagle River. Midway carnival, live entertainment, kid’s games, food, horseshoe tournament, 4-H and open class items exhibits and judging, horse judging. Family fun for everyone! 715479-2057,

8-10 • 41st ANNUAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MUSKY CLASSIC. Orientation at the Manitowish Waters Community Center, 8am Friday. Anglers fish designated lakes in Manitowish Waters, Boulder Junction, Winchester & Presque Isle – Friday, Noon 6:00 pm; Saturday, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm; Sunday, 7:00 am - 11:00 am. Sportsman & open divisions. Awards & raffle drawings – Sunday at 11:00 a.m. 715-5432657,

17 • LIONS PORK CHOP DINNER. Held in the Lions pavilion at the Manitowish Waters Community Center, 5 – 7pm. Pork chop dinner with all the trimmings. Cash bar available.715-904-2888, www. 20 • CAMP JORN’S 25TH ANNUAL PANCAKE DAY BREAKFAST. Held in the main lodge at Camp Jorn YMCA in Manitowish Waters, 8am –Noon. Homemade pancake breakfast, raffles and an opportunity to tour Camp Jorn’s facilities and grounds on Rest Lake. 715-543-8808, 24 • LIONS GOLF OUTING. Sponsored by the Manitowish Waters & Boulder Junction Lions Clubs. Shotgun start, 9 am. Four-person team scramble. Public welcome – Men and Women! Tournament includes golf, cart, prizes and a meal. 715-543-2438 OR 715-385-2189


1 • LIONESS BAKE SALE & BRAT SALE. The Manitowish Waters Lioness will be selling brats at the brat stand by the Village Market. 8am-2pm 2 • NORTHWOODS BAD DASH MUD RUN. The Northwoods’ only 4-mile “Adventure Run.” 10:00 am start at the North Lakeland Discovery Center. Sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce and the North Lakeland Discovery Center. A beautiful 4-mile, 12 obstacle “Adventure Run” through Manitowish Waters and the beautiful Discovery Center. Participate or just come to watch the runners traverse the obstacles. Spectators and runners are invited to join in the fun at the finish line (Manitowish Waters Community Center) where we will have live music, awards, raffles, beer tent and food. Fun for the whole family! 715-543-8488, 2 • LIONS CLUB ANNUAL CASH RAFFLE DRAWING. Sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Lions Club, held

29 • MANITOWISH WATERS LAKES ASSOC. ANNUAL MEETING & PICNIC. Held at the North Lakeland Discovery Center, 3:30 – 6:30 pm. Open to the public. 715-543-8401,

TBD • LIBATIONS FOR THE LIBRARY FUNDRAISER. Join the Friends of the Koller Library for their annual Libations Cocktail Party. Date/Time/Location TBD. or 715-543-2700 for more information.

17 • MANITOWISH WATERS FIRE CO. OPEN HOUSE & HARLEY RAFFLE DRAWING. 12 –3 pm. Held at the Fire Department on US Hwy 51 just north of the Community Center. Fire trucks and department equipment on display, cookout and live drawing for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Raffle tickets available for purchase beginning in March at various businesses in the area. 715-543-2144


6-8 • NORTHWOODS ART TOUR. 10 am – 5 pm daily. Held throughout the Northwoods communities, enjoy a self-guided tour through the back roads of the Northwoods to the studios and galleries of area artists. View artists at work and make purchases on site. Brochures with maps are available to download at or pick one up at the Chamber office. 715-385-3334 7 • CRAN A RAMA. Sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce and the Manitowish Waters Cranberry Growers Association, 9am – 3pm at the Manitowish Waters Community Center. Celebrating the start of our fall color and cranberry harvest season with an arts and craft fair, and “Everything Cranberry” including a cranberry cooking contest, “Taste of Harvest” concessions featuring local restaurants and vendors from 11am–2pm, FREE cranberry marsh tours, FREE Fall Color Pontoon Rides sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Lakes Association, Lioness bake sale, fresh cranberry sales, self-guided fall color tours, cranberry samples and more! 715-543-8488, www.

29 • SUMMER MARDI GRAS. Held at The Pines Restaurant in Mercer, 6pm–10pm. Don’t miss the Mercer Education Foundation Fundraiser in The Pines Beer Garden! Serving Jambalya, Gumbo and Boudin Balls outside. Plus paddle, bucket and 50/50 raffles all night. Open to the public. 715-476-2933, www.


14 • NIBBLES N’ KNOWLEDGE. The North Lakeland Discovery Center presents an evening of delicious nibbles and expanding your knowledge. Cash bar and complimentary appetizers from 5-6pm, program from 6-7pm. Pre-registration required by. 5-7pm, $13 ($10 members). 1-877-543-2085, www.discoverycenter. net


28 • WINE IN THE WOODS… AND BEER BY THE BOG. Sponsored by the North Lakeland Discovery Center, 5-8pm. A great evening including wine and beer, hearty dinner appetizers and dessert. Live music on the lakeside amphitheater, and live auction. One of our signature annual fundraisers, all proceeds go directly to support mission programs. 1-877-543-2085,

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at the Manitowish Waters Community Center at 5 PM. Complimentary lunch and refreshments provided. Raffle tickets sold locally throughout the summer by Manitowish Waters Lions Club members. 715-9042888,

12 • NIBBLES N’ KNOWLEDGE. The North Lakeland Discovery Center presents an evening of delicious nibbles and expanding your knowledge. Cash bar and complimentary appetizers from 5-6pm, program from 6-7pm. Pre-registration required. 5-7pm, $13 ($10 members). 1-877-543-2085, www.discoverycenter. net

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20 & 21 • MERCER MUSKIE MADNESS. Fish 10 lakes surrounding Mercer, WI. Part of proceeds to benefit Wounded Warriors in Action and Camp Ryan Adams. For more info go to or

9 • NIBBLES N’ KNOWLEDGE. The North Lakeland Discovery Center presents an evening of delicious nibbles and expanding your knowledge. Cash bar and complimentary appetizers from 5-6pm, program from 6-7pm. Program held at camp Jorn YMCA. Preregistration required. 5-7pm, $13 ($10 members). 1-877-543-2085,

16 • 5th ANNUAL PIE AUCTION. Benefits Baby Lelyn Schmidt who was born without eyes. Fundraiser will be held at the Rustic Roadhaus, Hwy 51 in Manitowish Waters.



27 • 46th ANNUAL KORNSTALK KARNIVAL. Sponsored by the North Lakeland School Parent- Teacher Committee, the public is welcome to enjoy a kid’s costume parade, concessions & treats, raffles and a gymnasium filled with old fashioned carnival games. 5 – 8pm at North Lakeland School. 715-543-8417, 28 • TRICK-OR-TREAT AT MW BUSINESSES. Dress up and enjoy tricks & treats at local businesses, 12 - 2 pm. 715-543-8488,



1 • SANTA’S CHRISTMAS FOR THE TOWN. Sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce. Starting at 4pm – come enjoy making some Christmas Crafts with the Camp Jorn Staff. Fill your stomach with hot dogs, chili, hot cider & Christmas cookies baked by MW Lioness. Santa arrives at 5pm – so you won’t want to miss giving him your Christmas list. Enjoy an outdoor Christmas light display at 6pm. Held at Manitowish Waters Community Center. 715-5438488,

2 • HOLIDAY HOME TOUR & LUNCHEON. Sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Lioness Club. Tour MW area homes decorated for the holiday season and enjoy lunch & raffles at Little Bohemia. 10 am – 2 pm. 14 • NIBBLES N’ KNOWLEDGE. The North Lakeland Discovery Center presents an evening of delicious nibbles and expanding your knowledge. Cash bar and complimentary appetizers from 5-6pm, program from 6-7pm. Program held at camp Jorn YMCA. Preregistration required. 5-7pm, $13 ($10 members). 1-877-543-2085, 26-31 • MARVEL IN MANITOWISH WATERS. Count down to the New Year in Manitowish Waters with low/no cost, family-fun, indoor/outdoor activities during the holiday week regardless of the weather conditions! Activity locations vary throughout the town based on participating organizations. Past activities included story hour, crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides through the Discovery Center, live music, snowshoeing, dances, ice skating, nature-based activities, and New Year’s Eve celebrations with fireworks. 715-543-8488, 28 • The 4TH Annual Black & White. Join us at the White Oak Grill for our 4th Annual Black and White. The evening starts with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and music and followed by a 6-course dinner, then dance the night away to live music! For more information please contact 715-543-8111.

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EVERY MONTH: BOOK CLUB MEETINGS Sponsored by the Koller Library, 3 pm first Thursday of each month. For details, call or visit, 715-5432700,

EVERY MONTH: CREATE ART - MANITOWISH WATERS Artists have come together to offer a free “open studio” to artists, visitors and whoever loves being creative. The “studio” is held at the Manitowish Waters Community Center on the first and third Tuesday each month from 10am – 3pm (with exceptions).  This informal group welcomes all and provides a venue for people to create and share their creative energy. Guests should bring projects and supplies for art projects that they are want to work on or have always wanted to start.  Participants MUST bring floor and table protection (material that completely protects tables and floors).  Bring a lunch, stay for the whole day or for a few hours. Call Coordinator Frances Whitfield at 715-367-6758 for more information.

MEMORIAL DAY – LABOR DAY: LIVE MUSIC AT THE PINES BEER GARDEN. Relax outdoors in the family friendly Beer Garden with your favorite drink or ice cream treat. Full bar and music venue outdoors. Live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Check our website for band and special events listing. www. or 715-476-2933 May – October: MANITO ART LEAGUE WORKSHOPS Held at the Manitowish Waters Community Center. Workshops: 10:30 am - 3:00 pm. Open to the public for a $10 fee. Topics to be announced. Register at 715-543-2975,

MAY 28 – SEPTEMBER 10: MUSIC IN THE PARK Sundays, 4 – 6 pm Koller Park in Manitowish Waters – free and open to the public. JUNE – AUGUST: CHILDREN’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM Log your summer reading hours on the chart at Koller Library – win prizes! 715-543-2700, JUNE – AUGUST: NORTHWOODS OUTDOOR ARTISTS Thursdays, June through August. Take the challenge and draw or paint in any medium on location (Plein Air).  Open to local artists and visitors, whether beginners or professionals.  Meet at a different location on Thursdays  at 8:30 am and have lunch at a nearby restaurant. 715-543-2101, www. JUNE 12 – AUGUST 21 – EVERY MONDAY: LIONS BINGO Mondays 7:00 pm – doors open at 6:00 pm. Held at the Manitowish Waters Community Center (No Bingo July 17)


1 • OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING. Sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce. Held at Koller Park starting at 6pm with a Bonfire, Christmas Caroling, Hot dogs, Chili, Cookies and more. Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:30pm. 715543-8488,

JUNE 1 – AUGUST 31 - EVERY THURSDAY. LIONS CLUB FLEA, CRAFT & FARMER’S MARKET Thursdays, 9 am – 2 pm. Held outside the Manitowish Waters Community Center. 715-543-2888, www. JUNE 17 – AUGUST 12: SKIING SKEETERS WATER SKI SHOWS Wednesdays & Saturdays, 7 pm. Enjoy free water ski team performances by many talented skiers at Rest Lake Park, Hwy. W. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for viewing comfort. Donations appreciated. 715-543-8488, JULY – MID AUGUST: SUMMER STORY HOUR Sponsored by Koller Library, 10 am Wednesdays. For details, call or visit 715-543-2700, http://koller. JULY 7 – OCTOBER 6: FREE CRANBERRY MARSH TOURS Fridays, 10 am. A 1-hour tour, rain or shine, starting from the Manitowish Waters Community Center. PLEASE NOTE – there is a location change once harvest begins. Tour includes a video, cranberry samples, prize drawings, educational display and Q&A; then motorcade in your own vehicle to the Vilas Cranberry Co. marsh for an up-close look at the bogs – blooming, growing or being harvested - depending on the time of year visited. All ages welcome, pre-registration NOT required. Sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Cranberry Growers Association and the Manitowish Waters Chamber. 715-543-8488,

Say ‘I Do” in Manitowish Waters

a short drive: swimming, boating, theatre, sailing, fishing, golf and mini-golf, casinos, hiking, mountain biking. In the winter, experience our first class cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails, snowmobiling, ice fishing, tubing and more. For unique wedding ideas for your special day in Manitowish Waters, be sure to check Camp Jorn’s Pinterest page. Here’s a list of our members who can get you started on your “to-do” list before that memorable moment when you both say, “I Do!”

Retreats and Meetings Are you in charge of finding a locale for a retreat or corporate meeting? Manitowish Waters has you covered! Whether you’re looking for a facility to accommodate 250+ attendees, or an intimate room for a dozen or so attendees, we have a place for you! Photo by Elle Photography


Away from the bustle and distractions of busy places, we offer gathering places that allow individuals to deepen relationships with one another. The serene, natural settings bring rejuvenation to the spirit, mind and body.

he natural beauty of Manitowish Waters and its charming character is the perfect place to say “I Do!” in any season of the year. Meals may be provided or catered, ranging from that cup of morning Joe and a donut, to a luncheon and a scrumptious Manitowish Waters has become a favorite wedding destination dinner. for couples planning their future together. Some brides choose a lakeside ceremony or under our magnificent pines, while still Amenities include Wi-Fi and technology that will make your others opt for vows inside a church or lodge setting. meeting a productive one. There are airports that serve the

general area, and our location on Highway 51 make it easy to Summer is a favorite time for weddings, while the breathtaking travel here. beauty of Colorama during autumn, and winter weddings – horse-drawn sleigh rides and furry hats! – have their own special Photo by Elle Photography allure. We are home to several facilities that will provide an intimate venue for celebrating your marriage. Many can host more than 250 people. There are facilities with an outdoor venue offering an indoor option in case of inclement weather. Manitowish Waters offers diverse lodging options for you and your wedding party, ranging from hotels, condos, resorts and more. We also offer unique dining experiences, many of which are within a five-mile radius of Downtown Manitowish Waters. For your transportation needs, contact Great Northern Party Bus. If you choose to spend your honeymoon in Manitowish Waters, there are many recreational opportunities either here or within

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Aberdeen Restaurant & Bar Blue Bayou Inn Camp Jorn YMCA Chippewa Retreat Resort Great Northern Hotel Lake of Torches Resort Casino Little Bohemia Lodge The Lodge North Lakeland Discovery Center Red Crown Lodge Voss’ Birchwood Lodge

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stablished in 1954, the M.W. Skiing Skeeters is one of the oldest amateur water ski clubs in the United States. The first statewide barefoot tournament held in the U.S. was sponsored by the Skiing Skeeters in 1964 and Manitowish Waters became known as the “Barefoot Capital of the Midwest.” The club continues to provide free shows for all ages to enjoy, mid-June through mid-August each Wednesday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at Rest Lake Park. Donations collected from the shows help with the club’s operating costs, new and replaced equipment, gas, boat maintenance, etc.

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f you missed the Northwoods Bad-Dash Mud Run last year, you missed a lot of fun and excitement! So this year make sure you enter or be there to cheer on the runners in the fifth annual Northwoods Bad-Dash on Saturday, September 2, 2017. The Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce and the North Lakeland Discovery Center co-sponsor the fourmile adventure run that features 12 obstacles, including a mud crawl, cargo net, fish crib climb and much more. The course takes runners through the beautiful wooded trails of the Discovery Center, traverses through downtown, has a little fun in the gravel pits and incorporates a few challenges along the snowmobile trail, ending at the Community Center. Among the obstacles participants

will long remember are the “Log Slog,” “Icy Hell,” “Musky Bait” and the finale, the “Lambeau Leap.” Awards will be given to Best Lumberjack and Lumberjill (or a combination thereof), Most Flair, Best Superhero, Best Team Get-Up and Truest Wisconsinite. Participants must be at least 16 years of age for this FUN un-timed event. To register or for more details, go to www. or view our Facebook page. Or give us a call at 715-543-8488 or visit After the Bad-Dash, shop our unique stores, certainly stop for lunch at one of our fine restaurants and spend some time at one of the scenic parks before a return for the postrace party. (Everyone’s welcome!)

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Pedal through your own epic adventure



ave you noticed? The Northwoods is experiencing a revolution in outdoor recreation with bike trails connecting communities near and far! The Manitowish Waters Trail is now connected to neighboring Boulder Junction, boasting miles of beautiful paved trail along pristine woods and waters. The Manitowish Waters Trail is part of the 45-mile countywide Heart of the Vilas Trail, a system featuring a number of modern trailheads, many with swimming access as well as a variety of restaurants to slack your thirst or settle your hunger. The possibilities are endless and ideal for all levels, from families with young children to touring groups and dedicated riders. One avid biking couple who have ridden trails all over the world, including China, claims Manitowish Waters is the “nicest trail we have been on.”


The entire system winds through the 240,000-acre NHAL State Forest, a forest flush with towering pines, lakes and streams, wildlife, wild flowers and rare highland tamaracks. The chattering of red squirrels and the whisper of wind through tall trees greets riders. These same wind-whispers carry the sweet smell of campfire, the laughter of children playing along sandy beach lake shores, and the cry of serenading Loon. One event, the Solstice Festival, highlights these treasures and trails. Celebrating the longest day of the year, the June 16-17, 2017 event acts as the official start to the summer cycling season. Join the excitement and camaraderie by participating in the Family Fun Paved Trail Ride with activities along the way, or the Century Road Ride featuring distances from 25 to 100 miles. Both days conclude with lakeside park gatherings complete with music, food, drinks, games, and more.

Manitowish Waters has two more biking complexes in the North Lakeland Discovery Center and the WinMan Trails, which feature mountain biking for families and skilled riders alike. Mercer, our neighbor to the north, last fall developed a trail that connects that community to the Manitowish Waters Trail. This provides an exciting route starting at the Great Northern Hotel, heading south and connecting to the Manitowish Waters Trail. Join us often for an unparalleled experience to explore the beauty of Wisconsin’s Northwoods -- from exceptional roads to family friendly paved trails to adventurous mountain biking experiences. Manitowish Waters Trail The Manitowish Waters paved trail links the Community Center at U.S. Hwy. 51 and Airport Road to the trails of the North Lakeland Discovery Center and beyond to Boulder Junction, a distance of approximately 16 miles. From the Community Center’s trailhead, it’s 1.2 miles to Hwy. W, which takes riders past Koller Park, the downtown business district and Rest Lake Park. From there, the trail goes east as it shadows Hwy. K. The Community Center has a nice playground, restrooms and water. From North Lakeland Elementary School, the trail resides almost entirely on state land. An arch bridge spans Rice Creek, a favorite of trail users who stop to take photos. There’s a restroom facility and picnic tables at the bridge site. Later on, two separate boardwalks totaling 600 feet span wetlands. North Lakeland Discovery Center Trails The Discovery Center is across from Rest Lake Park and just off the paved bike trail. 12 miles of off-road, multi-use bike trails take riders on quiet wooded trails around the lake and along the Manitowish

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Once you’re off and peddling, you’re free to go wherever you like! But most folks head either downtown for an ice cream treat or maybe lunch, or they get on our fabulous paved bike path for a leisurely ride with friends and family. For more information about the Borrow-a-Bike program, please contact the Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce at 715-543-8488.

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Biking, Hiking, XC Skiing, Snowshoeing

ome to pristine and beautiful Manitowish Waters – your destination for fun in the great outdoors! The Manitowish Waters area and its neighbors offer a wide array of trails to hike, mountain bike, cross-country ski and snowshoe for all abilities. All of the trails are within a short drive from your lodging headquarters in Manitowish Waters. Wildlife viewing, friendly folks and great eats along your way will guarantee you and your companions have an experience to remember. A Northwoods’ gem, the Van Vliet (pronounced Van Vleet) Hemlocks, located in neighboring Presque Isle, have more than 5 miles of marked trails for hiking, XC skiing and snowshoeing. Visitors can explore and experience an example of what was once abundant in Wisconsin -- old growth hardwood/hemlock forests. The site’s 400 acres represent a rare remnant of this uniquely historic forest system. Walk along undisturbed cedar swamps and undeveloped bog lakes, climb scenic eskers and take in the richness of the plant and animal life that abounds in this special place. The Van Vliet Hemlocks contain 1.5 miles of undeveloped shoreline on Averill and Van Vliet lakes. Located just 2.2 miles south of Hwy P on the Presque Isle Chain of Lakes. North Lakeland Elementary School Nature/ Cross-Country Ski Trail System offers 10 miles of looping trails suitable for hiking and cross-country skiing. The trails are located on the grounds of the North

Lakeland Elementary School and wind through a variety of towering evergreens and hardwoods. Volunteers from the North Lakeland/Northwoods Ski Touring Association groom the trails during the winter. The trailhead may be accessed from the north side of the school’s football field or from Hwy K and Papoose Lake Road (approx. 1 mile North of Hwy K on Papoose Lake Road.) The Discovery Center, located 1.2 miles east of Hwy 51 on County Rd. W, provides over 12 miles of well-marked trails for hiking & biking, a beautiful snowshoe loop around Statehouse Lake and the bog, groomed/tracked cross-country skiing, plus a one-mile Bill Lambrecht Memorial Interpretive Nature Trail. The gentle terrain winds through woods, around the lake and bog, and along nearby Manitowish River. Snowshoe rentals are available at the Discovery Center for a nominal fee. Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area Trails. Hikers of all ability levels are welcome during all other seasons. Trail loops range in length from 1.5, 2.0, 4.5 and 7 miles. Powell Marsh is home to waterfowl, deer, ruffed grouse, furbearers, raptors, shorebirds, songbirds and many other type of wildlife. These trails are located 6.5 miles from Hwy 51 on Powell Road. The WinMan Trails are a silent sports destination featuring year-round activities. This beautiful 1,300 acre site is situated in the northernmost section of the 260,000-

acre Northern Highland American Legion State Forest. Trail conditions are regularly updated on Facebook/Twitter. Donations appreciated. Biking/Hiking: Mountain biking trails provide riders 10 miles of single-track and many more miles of logging roads. Hikers enjoy beautiful vistas and rolling topography. Fat Biking: The trail crew is maintaining a 6+ mile fun, flowy loop for your fatbike. Plus, many more miles of the ski/snowshoe trails are open to fatbiking.

Skiing:Wonderfully maintained and featuring 18 kilometers of skate and classic skiing.


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Snowshoeing: 5 miles of doublewide groomed trails are excellent for groups and side-by-side snowshoeing. Miles of narrow single-track trails are set for a more traditional snowshoe. Link any combination of wide groomed trails with tracked singletrack to customize your 1-15 mile snowshoe experience.



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Premier fishing opportunities await you

anitowish Waters’ lakes, rivers and streams offer plenty of top-notch opportunities to catch that fish of a lifetime, and enough panfish action to keep the small fry excited and smiling while out on the boat with Mom and Dad. The tiara of the Northwoods’ water bodies is Manitowish Waters’ “Legendary chain of lakes” – whose crown jewels encompass 10 lakes chock full of largemouth and smallmouth bass, muskie, walleye, northern pike, crappie, perch, bluegill and sunfish. Anything you need or want in the way of fishing equipment and bait can be found here. Bait shop staff will give you tips on where to fish and what bait, color or presentation is triggering the bite. Our retail and grocery stores have other needed supplies for your stay. There’s also a full-service marina midway on the chain where you can get gas and oil, and if needed, a boat and motor for the day or week. Knowledgeable fishing guides will put you on the hot spots for a memorable outing! There are multiple boat landings on the Manitowish Waters Chain of Lakes, including for larger rigs. You’ll find that winter accessibility is also great for getting portable or permanentstyle ice shelters using your ATV, UTV, snowmobile or 4-wheel drive vehicle onto the lakes.


Test your talent and luck in one of the fishing contests held on area lakes. One of the better-known challenges is held during the Winterfest Rendezvous on Rest Lake in February. Manitowish Waters is also a participating member of the World Championship Musky Classic. Check out our calendar of events for more tournament information. We would be remiss not to guide you to our other great fishing lakes. Some are large, while others are small but hold surprising large numbers of quality fish. Indeed, Vilas County has over 1,300 lakes – all within a short cast from Manitowish Waters! Our pristine rivers and streams offer multiple fish species, including trout. Cast your line in Manitowish Waters!

Manitowish Waters 10-Lake Chain LAKES ...................... ACRES ..............................MAX. DEPTH Alder Lake..................... 274.......................................33’ Clear Lake..................... 555.......................................45’ Fawn Lake..................... 74.........................................14’ Island Lake................... 1023.....................................35’ Little Star Lake............. 245.......................................67’ Manitowish Lake.......... 496......................................61’ Rest Lake...................... 808......................................53’ Spider Lake................... 272.......................................43’ Stone Lake.................... 139.......................................43’ Wild Rice Lake.............. 379.......................................26’ TOTAL ACREAGE........ 4,265

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Fish of Manitowish Waters Area Lakes Muskellunge

A lean, hard muscled fighter that reaches a maximum length of over 5 feet and a weight of almost 70 pounds.

northern pike

Pike attain lengths of as much as 50 inches and the record Wisconsin fish weighed 38 pounds.


The largest member of the perch family grows to lengths over 30 inches and the record Wisconsin fish weighs 18 pounds caught in High Lake.

largemouth bass

This largemouth grows to a weight of 11 pounds and a length of about 24 inches.

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An average smallmouth weighs between 1 and 2 pounds, measures about 12 inches and is considered the scrappiest fish of all.

brook trout

This brightly colored fish is native to Wisconsin’s streams and feeds on stream insect larvae, but will readily take baits such as worms, minnows and chub tails.

yellow perch

They move about in schools, often numbering in the hundreds. The perch is primarily a bottom feeder and has a slow deliberate bite.

black crappie

An excellent game fish when taken on light tackle, the crappie may grow to a length of 18 inches.

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Labeled a “panfish,” the bluegill is almost as deep as it is long. Length sometimes reaches 10 to 12 inches and weights up to 2 pounds.

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no-Skeeters Snowmobile Club welcomes you to our trails. Manitowish Waters, located in the Lake Superior Snowbelt, is a true snowmobiler’s paradise. We have some of the most beautiful and well groomed trails in the Midwest. The Manitowish Waters Sno-Skeeters Snowmobile Club maintains and grooms over 25 miles of trails in Manitowish Waters. Visitors and residents consider our location a great hub to access the trails of neighboring Presque Isle, Boulder Junction and Mercer. Whether you want a short 30 mile loop through Boulder Junction, a 100 mile ride through Northern Wisconsin

or a 200 plus mile ride through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Manitowish Waters is a great place to start or end your trip. The network of snowmobile trails in the Northwoods totals more than 1,600 miles! The Sno-Skeeters provide the highest quality trail riding experience, promoting safety and trail enjoyment. Our trails are brushed, maintained and inspected on a regular basis. The club is funded by local fundraisers, contributions and funding from the AWSC. They sponsor a number of events throughout the year. 667


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Winter Rendezvous

he Manitowish Waters Sno-Skeeters Snowmobile Club’s Winter Rendezvous is always held the Saturday of President’s Weekend in February. This event is held on Rest Lake just off the boat landing at Rest Lake on Hwy. W, just 1/4 mile north of Manitowish Waters. This is the area’s biggest ice fishing contest with prizes awarded in eight categories. Besides the ice fishing, there are many other activities. In fact, many people who attend do not fish. This is a family event with activities for all: live music, food, refreshments, raffle prizes, hole-in-one contest, hockey accuracy contest and free rides in our 2015 Tucker Groomer. All five of the “Famous Klements Racing Sausages” will be racing and available for photo opportunities. The finale of this great day will be a spectacular fireworks show on the ice. This event is held on the ice, so dress accordingly. Parking is available in the Rest Lake parking lot.

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Attractions & Shopping SHOPPING

You can always enjoy the beautiful 10-Lake Chain, but if you want a day away from the water – numerous other activities abound in the area. There are many quaint and interesting shops in our downtown as well as north and south on Highway 51. In downtown Manitowish Waters you will enjoy shopping at The Village Market, Lakeland True Value, Floral Consultants, The Wine & Beer Barn, To The Nines, The Lakehouse and The Artists Palette. You will find many unique and wonderful gifts, children’s toys, floral items and treasures – plus some great wine and food items – all in a two block radius. Going south on 51 you’ll find Greer’s Pier, Lakeside Living, Sportsmen’s Outpost, Townline Sports, Cranberry Square and Hogan’s General Store. You will find everything from hunting and fishing supplies to furnishings and decorations to a gift “Mercantile” and grocery store.

CASINOS Want a little more excitement… Travel just a few miles southwest to Lac du Flambeau’s Lake of the Torches Casino to try your hand at Slots, Blackjack, Poker, Roulette and Craps. You’ll enjoy hours of non-stop fun on the casino floor. Or, take in a show at The Hall of Nations where you will find the best local acts to the biggest names in show business. There’s something entertaining for everyone on their stage. Enjoy great headliner concerts featuring many of your favorite performers in rock, soul, country and more. And, get in on a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enjoy some time with many of your favorite reality TV stars at their unique meet and greet events.

Distance to Manitowish Waters Area Golf Clubs (miles) Trout Lake Golf Course - Arbor Vitae...........................9 Tahoe Lynx Golf - Mercer........................................... 14 Wildwood Golf Club - Minocqua.................................17 Plum Lake Golf Club - Sayner..................................... 18 St. Germain Golf Club - St. Germain.......................... 19 Timber Ridge Golf Club - Minocqua........................... 21 Gogebic Country Club - Ironwood, MI.......................28 Eagle Bluff Golf Club - Hurley....................................38 Gateway Golf Club, Inc. - Land O Lakes.....................38 Pinewood Country Club (The) - Harshaw..................42 Skye in the Whitecap Mountains - Montreal............. 47 Lac Vieux Desert Golf Course - Watersmeet, MI....... 52


GOLFING Golfing more your style? We have many great public golf courses nearby. You’ll be surrounded by scenic beauty, tree lined fairways and rolling hills. These golf courses are challenging for golfers of all skill levels.



Visual & Performing Arts

ere, in beautiful Manitowish Waters and the surrounding communities, professional artists, upcoming artists, and those who love to dabble in the arts have found inspiration for their artistic endeavors.

The Performing Arts have a special place on the art scene in the Northwoods, especially those offered at the Campanile Center for the Arts in Minocqua. The Campanile Center is a beautifully renovated church that offers a stage, auditorium and gallery spaces. The campus includes classrooms for group and individual classes for children and adults in all of the arts. The Center routinely spotlights local musical and theatrical performances and top-notch national touring groups.

Not to be missed is the Manito Art League Art Show set for July 20–23, 2017 in the Manitowish Waters Whatever your interest, art opportunities abound in Community Center. Manitowish Waters and the surrounding communities. If The fine art of 250 you didn’t make it to all the venues you hoped to attend area artists proves during your visit, don’t worry -- we’re always up for an that the Northwoods’ encore performance! art scene is alive with highly skilled painters,MntwshWtrsChamberAd2015_VilasCoVisitorGuideAd potters, sculptors, photographers, 11/6/14 Linda Adelman, artist Ken Drawz, artist6:17 PM Page 1 wood turners, carvers and fiber artists. Much of their art reflects the artistry of nature as seen in the surrounding beauty of our lakes, rivers, streams, forests and wildlife. Whatever the subject, their art is enjoyed by all. Den Hill, Photographer

For visitors who want to create art themselves, the Manito Art League offers hands-on workshops in the morning on the second Wednesday of May and the first Wednesdays of June through October, at the Manitowish Waters Community Center. Artists skilled in different media conduct the workshops, designing art activities in which even the beginner can find success! The Northwood’s Outdoor Artists issues a special invitation to all. This group, sponsored by the Manito Art League, gathers in a different location each Thursday morning, June through August, to draw, paint or photograph the beauty of the outdoors. Grab a pencil and sketchbook, some paints and paper, or your camera and create your own art! If you just want to browse and view fine art or perhaps shop for a piece of art, there are wonderful galleries close at hand. The Artists Palette in downtown Manitowish Waters and Moondeer and Friends Gallery in Boulder Junction feature the work of local artists among their eclectic art offerings. The Northwoods Art Tour will take place the weekends of July 28-30 and October 6-8. The self-guided tours take you through the back roads and by-ways of northern Wisconsin where the Northwoods’ finest artists and artistowned galleries give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at how their artwork is created. Artist demonstrations are given, original and local art is for sale, and artists often give access to home studios rarely open to the public. A brochure with gallery and studio information and a map is available at the Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce.

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f you love chickadees and other songbirds, loons and other waterfowl, eagles and other raptors, then you will be pleased to know that the Town of Manitowish Waters is an official “Bird City,” one of 15 inaugural Bird Cities in Wisconsin so named in 2010. The designation recognizes the town’s effort to make their neighborhoods a better place for people, birds and other wildlife. Come celebrate the peak of spring bird migration at the 12th Annual Birding Festival on May 12-13, 2017 at the North Lakeland Discovery Center, hosted by the North Lakeland Discovery Center, the Discovery Center Bird Club and Manitowish Waters and Presque Isle Chambers of Commerce. Learn about birds through workshops, hikes, paddles and field trips as you enjoy the gorgeous Northwoods scenery. The Town of Manitowish Waters has three sites on the Lake Superior Northwoods Region of the Great Wisconsin Birding & Nature Trail. These are great places to view many endangered or rare birds in their natural habitat. Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area has an 1,800-acre refuge located in the middle of the 4,300-acre property. Bird species most commonly seen are Bobolink, Great Blue Herons, Yellow Rail, Songbirds, Marsh Hawks, Common Loons, Eagles, Sandhill Cranes, Northern Harriers, Sharp-tailed Grouse, LeConte’s Sparrows, Short-Eared Owls, Nelson’s Sharp Tailed Sparrows and Henslow’s Sparrows. Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest has many bald eagle sightings in their nesting habitats. Birders may spot the Alder Flycatchers, Vesper Sparrow, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and a lucky one or two may also spot a Gray Jay. This 220,000+ acre forest is Wisconsin’s largest property. North Lakeland Discovery Center offers a variety of self-guided trails ideal for bird walks, as well as a number of public programs related to birds. Migrating songbirds, raptors, and waterfowl can be found along the 12-mile trail system. Most commonly seen species are Trumpeter Swans, Winter Wrens, Warblers, Vireos and the Belted Kingfishers. Experience the 22-station breeding bird trail, which highlights birds you will likely encounter in various locations throughout the 12-mile trail system.

Fall Colors


ome join us for a little “Leaf Peeping!” The Manitowish Waters area is the perfect place to view spectacular fall colors anytime between mid September and late October. Check out the stunning reds, beautiful crimsons, bright oranges and vibrant yellows of the ever-changing foliage. The brilliant red cranberries that fill the flooded marshes during harvest time are a special delight! We’ll keep you posted through a weekly fall color report on our Facebook and website or you can find the report at www. Enjoy the breathtaking fall colors by bicycle, foot, motorcycle, boat, automobile or airplane. Stop by the Chamber office to pick up a Fall Color Tour Sampler with 5 different routes sure to please the entire family. Experience “foliage ecstasy” in Manitowish Waters and remember… “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” –Albert Camus


Waterfalls Within an 80 mile radius of Manitowish Waters there are many breathtaking and beautiful waterfalls to visit. Some are wild and dramatic, while others are soft whispers on the rocks as they gently fall to the awaiting water below. Not only are they beautiful sites to visit in the summer, but in the winter they Name





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Shay’s Dam Falls ����������������Mercer, WI �������������������15 ���������� 15’ on the Turtle River. Park with picnic area available. Lake of the Falls ������������������Mercer, WI �������������������19 ���������� 10’ on Turtle River. Picnic and rustic camping facilites, boat landing with access to TurtleFlambeau Flowage via Turtle River. Kimball Falls ������������������������Hurley, WI ��������������������34 ���������� 10’ on the West Branch of the Montreal River. Other scenic rapids and riffles are upstream. Picnic area and pavilion available. Peterson Falls ���������������������Hurley, WI ��������������������34 ���������� 35’ on the East Branch of the Montreal River. If you were to try to squeeze every fall in during the course of one, long day this is your first stop. 1/4 mile walk to falls Manabezho Falls �����������������Wakefield, MI ���������������44 ���������� This is a very wide beautiful waterfall with an extremely large drop. Easily accessible with very few steps. Manido Falls ������������������������Wakefield, MI ���������������44 ���������� This waterfall is a short additional walk from Manabezho Falls. It is smaller than Manabezho Falls, but proves to be just as wide and photogenic. Nawadah Falls ���������������������Wakefield, MI ���������������44 ���������� This waterfall is an additional short walk from Manido Falls. The rapid current will be sure to grab your attention. O Kun De Kun & Unnamed Falls ���Wakefield, MI ���������������44 ���������� Beautiful falls off the beaten path. A bit challenging to find but worth the effort. Powdermill Falls ������������������Wakefield, MI ���������������44 ���������� Large waterfall that has a good amount of water falling into a large pool. This walk is short and easy. Bakers Falls �������������������������Wakefield, MI ���������������45 ���������� This waterfall has two large drops. The walk is short and easy, but not marked with signs. Upson Falls �������������������������Upson, WI ��������������������48 ���������� 18’ on the Potato River. From the Upson Town Park the path takes you to a very pretty, wooded fall. Camping & Picnic area available Foster Falls ��������������������������Upson, WI ��������������������49 ���������� 25’ on the Potato River. It is in a remote location off of a forest road but no hike is required, and it is relatively easy to find. Rouse Falls �������������������������Upson, WI ��������������������49 ���������� 25’ drop on Rouse Creek. 3/4 mile hike to the falls Saxon Falls ��������������������������Saxon, WI ��������������������49 ���������� 90’ on the Montreal River. When it has water this is a very impressive waterfall. Unfortunately it is hard to get a good view of the falls. If you are looking for some adventure it might be a fun stop, but there are many other nearby waterfalls that are more scenic and easier to get to. Superior Falls ����������������������Saxon, WI ��������������������49 ���������� 110’ on the Montreal River. The trail has a long incline with a railing that has a slightly uneven path. Great Conglomerate Falls ���Ironwood Township, MI ������54 ���������� This is a very large waterfall which is divided by a wide conglomerate rock formation. This waterfall is well marked. Walking trail 3/4 mile. Potawatomi Falls �����������������Ironwood Township, MI �����54 ���������� Potawatomi, which is barrier free, is one of the most beautiful waterfalls on the Black River. This waterfall is well marked. A restroom is available at this site. Walking trail is approximately 1/8 mile. Gorge Falls ��������������������������Ironwood Township, MI �����54 ���������� This conglomerate canyon has a 34 foot drop. Potawatomi and Gorge Falls are accessible by the same parking area. Walking trail is approximately 1/8 mile. Potato River Falls ����������������Gurney, WI ������������������55 ���������� 90’ into the Potato River. Town Park with rustic picnic campsites available. Willard Falls �������������������������Gurney, WI ������������������55 ���������� 40’ on the Potato River. Willard Falls can be a tough one to see. You reach its crest by following the little two-wheel trail that starts at the park and turns into a deer path. Wren Falls ���������������������������Gurney, WI ������������������55 ���������� 30’ on Tyler Forks. A wild and dramatic falls located in the woods of Iron County. A rough two track leads to within a couple hundred yards of the falls, but you may prefer to hike in. This is one of the most scenic falls in Wisconsin, despite by no means being the biggest. Primitive campsites above the north side of the falls. Cascade Falls ����������������������Matchwood, MI ������������55 ���������� This waterfall has many steps with a tremendous amount of water. Located on the West Branch of the Ontonagon River. Sandstone Falls �������������������Ironwood Township, MI �����56 ���������� This waterfall meanders over rocks giving it a unique appearance. It is located on a beautiful spot on the Black River, with a well marked, short 1/4 mile walking trail. Rainbow Falls ����������������������Ironwood Township, MI ������56 ���������� A Beautiful Waterfall that is extremely photogenic on the East part of the River. Enjoy the scenery on your 1/2 mile walk to the waterfall. Bond Falls ���������������������������Bond Falls, MI �������������61 ���������� One of the “best kept secret” spots on the Western Upper Penninsula. Located on the middle branch of the Ontonagon River near Paulding. This is one you don’t want to miss! It has been photographed for commercials and other various advertisements. Copper Falls ������������������������Mellen, WI �������������������62 ���������� 40’ into the Bad River. Ancient lava flows, deep gorges, and spectacular waterfalls make Copper Falls one of Wisconsin’s most scenic parks. Log buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s add to the park’s charm. There is plenty to do; hiking, bicycling, picnicking, fishing, and swimming. The North Country National Scenic Trail passes through Copper Falls State Park. Brownstone Falls �����������������Mellen, WI �������������������63 ���������� 30’ into the Tyler Forks River. This is a very pretty waterfall, surrounded by impressive reddish brown rock. Agate Falls ��������������������������Interior, MI �������������������73 ���������� Large beautiful waterfall that is visited by many people. The trail is well marked and easy to find. Morgan Falls ������������������������Marengo,WI �����������������79 ���������� 40’ This tall, thin, pretty waterfall is one of the higher waterfalls in Wisconsin. It is located at the end of a .6 mile hike starting from a forest road.


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by Jerry Wilke he Manitowish Waters Airport is the “Aviation Gem of the Northwoods”. Established in 1947 it boasts a 3498’ paved runway with two GPS WAAS Approaches and one of the nicest 3094’ turf runways you’ll find anywhere. Whether you fly a light jet or a light sport single engine aircraft, your new destination of choice should be the Manitowish Waters Airport for everything from an unforgettable lunch stop to a new place to call home. Airport courtesy car available for visiting pilots (first come/first served).


If you’re not a pilot, and just want to enjoy the beauty of the Northwoods from a new perspective, the Airport is a “must visit.” Stop by and we’ll help you arrange for a scenic ride in an airplane, seaplane, or possibly fulfill a dream with an introductory flight lesson. If you like to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, we’ve got you covered as well. Just stop by for a cold drink, courtesy of “The Friends of Manitowish Waters Airport,” take a look at the airplanes, and watch a few take off and land. We’d be happy to meet you and show you around. We’re located on Hwy 51 and Airport Road just south of the Town Hall.


Manitowish Waters Airport Location.............................................................Latitude 46-07.25 .......................................................................Longitude 89-52.75 Elevation............................................................................... 1610’ Runways.....................................................4-22 Turf 3300’ x 120’ .............................................................14-32 Asphalt 3500’ x 60’ .............................................. Runway 14 500’ Safety Outrun ........................................ Runway 32 350’ Safety Outrun Fuel Available......................................................................100LL 24-hour self-serve pump (most CCs accepted) Unicom.................................................................................122.8 FAA ID..................................................................................(D25) GPS Approach Available Attended year ‘round • Phone: 715-543-8320



arks are an essential feature of vacation destinations, especially for families with non-stop, action-seeking children! Couple the amenities – swing sets, grills, picnic tables, bathrooms – with a sand beach and you have all the essential ingredients for a wonderful day outside. Manitowish Waters has four outstanding parks that offer a wide variety of activities for all ages. Three of the parks are easily accessible by either land or water, and the fourth is conveniently located at the Community Center. More about the parks can be found at the town’s website,, or by calling the Town Clerk’s office at 715-543-8400. REST LAKE PARK Rest Lake Park is located on 10.7 acres of land with 675’ of sand beach frontage on the west side of Rest Lake. It is 1.2 miles from Hwy. 51 on County Hwy. W. Amenities include a new 40’ x 88’ pavilion with a 40’ x 40’ covered open area with a fireplace, modern restrooms and a concession room. In addition there are picnic tables, charcoal grills, and a hand water pump. There is also a boat launching ramp and dock, and parking for approximately 100 cars. The park is home to the Manitowish Waters Skiing Skeeters. LITTLE STAR BEACH PARK Little Star Beach Park is located on the east side of Little Star Lake. It is one-third mile off U. S. Hwy. 51 on Park Road. Amenities include a sand beach swimming area approximately 200’ wide. The area is marked off by rope and buoys. In addition, there are picnic tables, grills, a hand water pump and pit toilets. There is a paved parking lot for 30 cars. The town manages the park for the Wisconsin DNR. FRANK B. KOLLER MEMORIAL PARK Frank B. Koller Memorial Park is located by the Rest Lake Dam on Hwy. W in downtown Manitowish Waters. Amenities include a gazebo, picnic tables, charcoal grills, a small bandstand and modern toilet facilities. There is

onsite parking, five boat docks, a fishing pier, and a small swimming area. The park is home to “Mani,” the world’s largest bass (good for photo ops). Music in the Park is held there every Sunday afternoon during the summer. MANITOWISH WATERS COMMUNITY PARK Manitowish Waters Community Park is located on U. S. Hwy. 51 at the Community Center/Airport Complex. Amenities include a large children’s playground area with a concrete walkway surrounding it, a sand base under the equipment, which includes a slide, swings, a rope climbing tower and many other pieces, including ADA compliant tables, panels and swings. There is a gazebo, picnic tables and benches for parents and grandparents to relax as they supervise the kids, a baseball diamond with backstop and bleachers, two paved tennis courts with a rebound board, all enclosed with chain link fencing; a paddle ball court with a warming hut, heated court floor and lighting. The Lions Pavilion can accommodate up to 200 people for events and activities. Modern toilet facilities that are handicapped accessible are adjacent to the pavilion and playground. A paved lighted parking lot can accommodate up to 100 cars.

Action North Realty 5211N Hwy 51 Mercer WI 54547 715-476-2323—877-350-2323 1710 E Cloverland Drive Ironwood MI 49938 906-932-4110—888-734-4877

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The Cranberry Marshes Manitowish Waters Cranberry Growers Bartling’s Manitowish Cranberry Co.

Likewise, a tour of a working cranberry marsh (or bog) isn’t just a staple of fall anymore. Five Manitowish Waters cranberry growers and the Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to offer free tours of a local marsh beginning in July and continuing through the first week of October so visitors may learn more about this native fruit-bearing plant.

Folsom Farms, Inc.

The berries ripen to ruby red later in the year, so if you can go only once, plan a later trip. Bring a camera to record the gathering of the berries and, of course, their bright color.

Rayala Cranberry Company

About our marshes The Manitowish Waters Cranberry Growers Association’s marshes range in size from 63 acres to 186 acres, totaling about 600 acres.

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The marshes were started soon after World War II in an area of Wisconsin that was not yet known for cranberry production. These pioneers undertook building what today is a major scenic and economic staple in Wisconsin’s Northwoods.

See marsh locations on map

The cranberry marshes surround the northeast third of Little Trout Lake, a pristine 1,000-acre nearly uninhabited lake in the southern part of the township.

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Cranberries aren’t just for Thanksgiving! This antioxidant-rich “superfruit” can be found in juices, in other healthy products – a favorite of many is sweetened dried cranberries -- and in many recipes to liven up meals throughout the year.

During the marsh tour, you’ll learn that Wisconsin is the nation’s leading producer of cranberries, harvesting more than 60% of the country’s crop. Contrary to popular belief, cranberries do not grow in water. Rather, they grow on low-running vines in beds placed in bogs (or marshes).

When the marshes are flooded the night before harvest, an egg beaterstyle machine loosens the berries (each has four tiny air pockets so they float to the surface). Tractors drag a boom to herd the berries to one end. Workers in waders corral the berries to a vacuum hose to be deposited in the bed of a truck. They are then trucked to the storage bins or directly to the factory for processing. Visit to learn more about the good health benefits of cranberries and for the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association. Free Cranberry Marsh Tours Manitowish Waters’ free marsh tours run from the first Friday after July 4th through the first Friday of October. The one-hour tour, rain or shine, starts at 10:00 am each Friday at the Manitowish Waters Community Center/Chamber office. The first half hour is spent viewing an educational video and display, tasting cranberry samples, and prize drawings followed by a Q&A session.

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Cran-A-Rama Saturday, October 7, 2017 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Community Center Grounds Highway 51 & Airport Road

~ FREE Cranberry Marsh Shuttle Bus Tours (courtesy of the MW Cranberry Growers & Chamber)

~ Cranberry Cooking Contest ~ Craft Fair ~ Lioness Bake Sale

Then it’s off to motorcade in your own vehicle to the Vilas Cranberry Company marsh for an up-close look at the bogs – growing, blooming or being harvested depending on time of year visited. All ages are welcome; pre-registration is not required. The chamber provides free shuttle buses from the Community Center to the marsh during Crana-Rama.

~ Fall Color Pontoon Cruises (courtesy of MW Lakes Assoc.)

~ Self-Guided Fall Color Auto Tours


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The Manitowish Waters Cranberry Growers Association and the Manitowish Waters Chamber are the tour sponsors. Call the Chamber of Commerce for details: 888-626-9877 or visit

~ Cranberry Juice & Craisin Samples


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Fresh Cranberries Available Mid Sept. - Mid Oct. 2.5 miles down S. Townline Road


Be sure to pick up some cranberries to take home with you. Local retailers offer cranberry gifts and products.

~ “Taste of Harvest”

11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. (featuring great food from local area restaurants)

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Vilas Cranberry Company at 12825 Alder Lake Rd. Manitowish Waters

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Approximate mileage to Manitowish Waters from:

Wausau, WI.......... 89 miles Bayfield, WI.......... 93 miles Duluth, MN.......... 141 miles Madison, WI........231 miles Minneapolis, MN. 272 miles Milwaukee, WI.....277 miles Rockford, IL........ 295 miles Dubuque, IA....... 320 miles Chicago, IL.......... 356 miles

Community Services Ambulance (MW Volunteer Fire & Rescue) Emergency Only 911 or 1-800-472-7290 Fire Chief & Business 715-543-2373 Fire (MW Volunteer Fire & Rescue) Emergency Only 911 or 1-800-472-7290 Fire Chief & Business 715-543-2373 Vilas County Sheriff’s Dept. 1-800-472-7290 Emergency Only 911 Chamber of Commerce 715-543-8488 Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church 715-543-8428 (Hwy. 51 & Birch Hill Rd.) MW Community Presbyterian Church 715-543-2998 (Hwy. 51 & Marathon Rd.) Department of Natural Resources 715-542-3923 Crystal Lake Ranger Station Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest (camping, trails, Powell Marsh Wildlife Area, etc.) Frank B. Koller Memorial Library 715-543-2700 Lakeland Union High School (Minocqua) 715-356-5252 MW Post Office 715-543-8322 MW Town Offices Chairman, Clerk/Treasurer 715-543-8400 MW Waste/Recycling Station 715-543-2366 MW Zoning Administrator 715-543-2855 North Lakeland ElementarySchool 715-543-8417 Vilas County Courthouse 715-479-3600 WI Dept. of Tourism 1-800-432-TRIP (8747)

Friends of the Chamber Jim & JoAnn Bertagnoli Tim & Sheila Casey John Cooper & Pam Maxson-Cooper Ken & Jean Eales John & Trish Ellis

John & Dana Hilbert Paul Kobussen Ticki Lambrecht Tim & Mary Beth Leopold Mike Maile David & Georgia McDonald

John & Barbara McFarland Rick & Cindy Novotny Robert & Sue Patterson Charles & Judith Peterson Alan Pischer Patricia Pohl

Charlie Rayala Jim Reichert Terry & Carol Schott Trueflight Mfg. Co. Inc. Jim & Karen Sislo Bob Von Holdt

Frances Whitfield Fred Wienke Jerry & Karen Wilke

Support the Chamber with a Friends of the Chamber membership – 715-543-8488.

Non-Profit Organization Members Campanile Center for the • 715-356-9700 Camp 715-543-8808 Copper Friends of the Manitowish Waters Airport, Inc........................................................................................................................................... 262-646-3377 Friends of the Van Vliet Hemlocks............................................................................................................................................................... 715-543-2085 Habitat for Humanity................................................................................................................................................................................... 715-356-7203 Manito Art • 715-892-1687 Manitowish Waters Alliance 715-904-0014 Manitowish Waters Lakes • 715-543-8401 Manitowish Waters Lioness 715-543-8756 Manitowish Waters Lions 715-543-2888 Manitowish Waters Skiing Skeeters Water Ski • 715-543-8488 Manitowish Waters Sno-Skeeters Snowmobile Club.............. Nicolet Area Technical 1-800-544-3039 Northwoods Association of • 715-356-3400 North Lakeland Discovery • 1-877-543-2085 Northwoods Wildlife & Wetland Northwoods Wildlife Center 715-356-7400 Scholl Community Impact 715-493-3534 Town of Manitowish 715-543-8400 Vilas County 715-543-8880 ........................................................................ 877-543-2085

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1. Chamber of Commerce/Community Center & Pavilion/ Town Offices/ Adjacent Frank B. Koller Memorial Library & Fire Hall 2. Municipal Airport 3. Post Office 4. North Lakeland School (pre-K thru 8) 5. North Lakeland Discovery Center (and hike/bike/ski/ snowshoe trails) 6. Manitowish Waters Waste & Recycling Center 7. Rest Lake Park/Public Boat Landing/Skiing Skeeter Water Ski Shows 8. Frank B. Koller Memorial Park 9-13. Cranberry Marshes 14-16. Public Boat Landings (plus #7 and A) 17. Greer’s Pier Marina Boat Landing (fee-based) 18. Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church 19. Community Presbyterian Church 20. Powell Marsh Wildlife Area 21. Powell Marsh State Forest Hike/Ski/Snowshoe Trails 22. Little Star Beach 23. Pine Lawn Cemetery 24. Van Vliet Hemlocks Hike/XC Ski/Snowshoe Trail = Great WI Birding & Natural Trail Site


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CHAMBER MEMBER directory Accommodations

CABINS, RESORTS & HOMES A. AND R. VERMIGLIO’S HERITAGE RESORT 847-788-0981 6326 Vermiglio Heritage Lane Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Rest Lake Two traditional Northwoods 2 bedroom cabins with fully-equipped kitchens. Sofasleepers, bed linens, fishing boats and more. The kind of place your father took you to in the old days, and even at affordable rates. Fish on Rest Lake or the chain for Muskie, Bass, Walleye, Northern or Pan Fish; water ski; Go birding or biking; build sand castles or simply relax on our beach. We’ve been making memories since 1987. Open Memorial Day thru Columbus Day. ABERDEEN CABINS LLC 414-614-1850 12973, 12969 & 12949 Aberdeen Ln. Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Trout River between Alder & Manitowish Lakes • Aberdeen Cabins sit on the shores of the Manitowish Chain of Lakes. Each cabin is built with hand hewn logs with waterfront views and their own piers for docking. They all sleep 8-12 people and feature 3-4 bedrooms, lofts, 2-3 bathrooms, linens/towels, microwave, high-speed WIFI, dishwasher, DirecTV, DVD, fireplace, screened porch, grill, fire pit and 14 ft aluminum boat. The two larger cabins feature a sauna, whirlpool room and gas fireplace in a bedroom. A beach area for swimming with beach house, fish cleaning house and a spectacular log lodge/restaurant are available for all guests. The cabins provide privacy and space from the other cabins. Whether you visit in winter, spring, summer or fall - you will experience the best that a northern Wisconsin vacation can, boating, quiet walks in the woods, a peaceful undeveloped shoreline and an abundance of wildlife. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL RENTALS ON LITTLE STAR LAKE 262-227-7000 Cherry Blossom Lane Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Little Star Lake • Pristine sand lake access, 10-lake chain. Breathtaking view. Private docks, TV with satellite, air. Close to Little Bohemia Lodge. One newly updated 3 bdrm, 2 bath year-round home and one 2 bdrm cabin. ADORABLE CHALET ON LITTLE STAR LAKE 563-529-5000 13438 Cherry Blossom Lane Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Little Star Lake • Pristine sand lake, newly updated 4-bdrm 2-bath year ‘round home on the Manitowish Waters 10-lake chain. Great fishing and recreational boating. Breathtaking views from both patios. Huge yard, great for family game of softball or kickball. Pier sits on sandy shore - great for swimming. Big screen TV w/ DirecTV, central air & heat. Walking distance to Little Bohemia Lodge.


ALDERWOOD RESORT 715-892-7374 13028 Alderwood Lane Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Alder Lake • Play, relax, and enjoy life in our seasonal cabins, with the nostalgic charm of yesteryear. The perfect destination for fishermen, cyclists, and those looking to relax with the family. Located on over 700’ of Alder Lake frontage, each cabin includes a private pier and campfire pit with plenty of yard space to enjoy the beauty of the northwoods. Cabins have a modern kitchen with range, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee pot, cooking ware, serving ware, and utensils. Swim raft, rowboats, canoes, kayaks, and bicycles are provided for guests to share. Included are spectacular sunrise views, swimming area, charcoal grills, firewood, fish cleaning station, mercantile store, bike rack, swing set, horseshoe pit, area information, and wireless internet. Linens and paper products are provided. We are happy to accommodate family reunions, celebrations, and small weddings. Summer (June – August) – Week stays, no pets allowed. Spring and Fall – 2 night minimum stay. Pets only allowed in Beachview cabin. ANGLER’S COZY COTTAGE 855-703-7000 (toll free) 5807 Birch Hill Road Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – MW Chain between Rest & Stone Lakes • Cozy 2-BR traditional Northwoods cabin CENTRALLY located on desirable Manitowish CHAIN of 10 Lakes in Manitowish Waters only 25-ft from edge of Manitowish River (668’ waterfront) showcasing breathtaking POSTCARD VIEW of widening of Stone Lake from picture window & private L-PIER w-6’ Pier-BENCH to FISH, relax, star-gaze. Free ROWBOAT. END-CABIN privacy. Stocked kitchen, QUEEN-Bed, Full-Bed, Twin-bed, QU-Sofa sleeper, LINENS provided. FREE NETFLIX/Pandora, dedicated Wi-Fi and TV/DVD/ VCR/CD over electric Stoned-Wall FIREPLACE, full-size BATHTUB/shower, ceiling FANS in bedrooms & living room, wall furnace/thermostat, 2 screened-in PORCHES w/comfy furniture, 2 picnic tables--porch and yard, charcoal grill, Adirondack chairs. Surrounding resort woods attached to State Forest with very close TRAILS for hiking, biking & nature. Fishhouse/ice/sink, FIRE-PIT, paddleboat/canoe, 2 SWIM areas--swim ladder, basketball, horseshoes, playground. Walking distance to Star Beach, Little Bohemia, Close to Grocery, Restaurants…Amazing PHOTOS on website. 20 miles N. of Minocqua on Hwy-51, rightturn on Birch Hill, follow signs to Hillcrest. BAZSO’S RETREAT 715-356-6820 • 715-356-7010 5819 Birch Hill Road Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – MW Chain between Rest & Stone Lakes A completely modern 2-bedroom cabin (sleeps 5) located on the Manitowish River channel between Rest and Stone Lakes on the Manitowish Waters 10-lake chain. Property is bordered by state land for your privacy. Cabin features a wet boathouse with a 16-foot boat inside for your use (15hp motor available for rent). Docking includes a covered wet boat slip. Paddleboat also available for guest use. Grills, campfire pit, window unit a/c, linens/towels provided. Cabin is located off of Hwy. 51 on Birch Hill Road and is close to everything.


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CAMP JORN YMCA 715-543-8808 • 13571 Zenner Lane Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Rest Lake Savor breathtaking sunsets and sleep under endless starry skies at Camp Jorn YMCA. Located on 72 pristine acres on the shores of Rest Lake, Camp Jorn YMCA is the perfect destination for weddings, retreats, group and family events. Our well-maintained facilities and accommodations range from small family settings to large group gatherings. Camp Jorn is equipped with all of your outdoor recreation needs including swimming area, canoes/ kayaks, ski and pontoon boat rentals, playground, and much more! See ad page 44 CHIPPEWA RETREAT RESORT 715-543-8111 13029 Deer Park Road Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Manitowish Lake • The most unique resort destination in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. Located on a beautiful point on Lake Manitowish. The resort is surrounded by miles of natural scenic beauty ideal for a multitude of outdoor activities. Our luxury Villas are fully equipped, incredibly comfortable and exquisitely stylish. The newly built lodge houses the White Oak Grill where you will find Culinary Art, Cocktails and Camaraderie.  We are perfect for casual dining, weekend get-a-ways, weddings, family reunions and corporate retreats. See ad page 17 COTTAGE AT EAGLE’S BAY WINTER: 352-812-0429 • SUMMER: 715-543-2934 13048 Deer Park Road Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Manitowish Lake • Vacation in a picturesque log cabin setting secluded among towering pines overlooking Manitowish Lake on the 10-lake Manitowish chain. Tastefully furnished throughout, king-size bed in master, two full baths, fireside room with queen-size hide-a-bed and fully equipped kitchen. Private dock with ripple sand beach and swim platform. WI-FI, flat screen TV, satellite TV. Breathtaking views, eagle and loon watching, swimming, fishing, hiking and biking. Adults only. No pets allowed. June-Sept.

DORNERS BIG BEAR HIDEAWAY 920-536-1540 10482 Main Street, Boulder Junction, WI 54512 • On the west edge of Boulder Junction, beneath a canopy of towering pines, stands the unique Big Bear Hideaway. Crafted by hand with native logs and stone, these cabins are one of a kind and truly a work of art. Close to bike trails, dining and shopping yet still surrounded by wilderness this location provides the perfect getaway! All cabins are open year round welcoming families, boaters and snowmobilers alike! Cabins include a variety of amenities; full kitchens, towels/linens, WiFi/cable TV, air conditioning, large fire pit areas, gas /charcoal grills, and much more! If you’re looking for an exceptionally clean, comfortable and truly memorable vacation experience then look no further! Please visit our website or stop on by for more information! DIRECTOR’S HOUSE 877-543-2085 215 Cty Hwy W, Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 Statehouse Lake • Stunning fully furnished custom home that is private, yet minutes from town on Statehouse Lake with two bedrooms, open concept designer kitchen/living room with vaulted ceiling, enclosed 4-season porch, and completely finished basement with W/D, two pull-out beds, TV/DVD and Wi-Fi (sleeps 6). Enjoy the lake view from the patio, fire pit or private dock and go fishing, swimming, and kayaking. Take a walk or go biking, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing on the adjacent Discovery Center trails, or take your boat across the road to the 10-Lake Chain. See ad page 53

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TIMBER LODGE RESORT First-rate Lakeside Cabins & All-Season Vacation Homes on the Manitowish Chain Beautiful Northwoods Setting in a Peaceful, Secluded Bay – Access all 10 Lakes Spectacular Lake Views from Private Decks Completely modern units furnished in a contemporary “Up-North” style Fireplaces, Satellite TV, DVDs, Free Internet Sundeck, Play and Swim areas – Complimentary use of Kayaks, Canoes & Paddle boat Covered Lighted Docks – Boat & Motor Rentals

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12901 Timber Lodge Lane P.O. Box 128 Manitowish Waters, WI 54545

715-543-2772 40

Easy Access to New Bike Trail System and Conveniently Located on Snowmobile Trail #2



Built at the turn of the century, Voss’ Birchwood Lodge is Living History! Reminiscent of a bygone era, Voss’ continues to offer a true “summer resort” family vacation. Fully equipped housekeeping cabins, lodging cabins, main lodge rooms & Suites overlooking a quiet bay of Spider Lake; one of 11 lakes on the famous Manitowish Waters Chain of Lakes. Dine overlooking the lake in our beautiful dining room. Breakfast & dinner Tuesday thru Sunday. Enjoy cocktails in our Main lobby by the fireplace or at your table. Visit the Library Bar overlooking the lake. ated

Nomin al Internet * Canoe and Rowboats available * Fireplaces in most cabins * Shops * Pet Friendly on for Nati istry Reg c ri to is H Voss’ Birchwood Lodge, PO Box 456, Manitowish Waters, Wis. 54545

Phone: 715-543-8441

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EASTWOOD CABINS 715-892-0250 12946 Palmer Lane Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 – Spider Lake • Make our day and enjoy your leisure time at the Eastwood Cabins. Enjoy any of our three beautiful cabins located on Spider Lake. All cabins have a fireplace and space to dock your boat. Enjoy our sandy shoreline along Spider Lake Bay. Within walking distance to Greer’s Marina, centrally located on the Manitowish Chain of Lakes, next to Voss’ Resort. Two - two bedroom 2 baths, screened porch and open deck cabins. One - two bedroom and one bath cabin with screened-in porch. Fireplaces in all units, sandy shoreline, dock system for maximum of 4 boats. FAWN LAKE’S TIMBER LODGE RESORT 715-543-2772 ~ 800-430-3296 12901 Timber Lodge Lane Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Fawn Lake Deluxe lakeside cabins and vacation homes on the Manitowish Waters 10-lake chain. 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom, fully equipped housekeeping units with lake views, private decks, fireplaces, Weber grills, satellite TV, DVDs, Free Wi-Fi, covered docks, sundeck, swim and play areas, fish cleaning facility, fire pit and various lakeside amenities. Boat and motor rentals on premises, and easy access to the new bike trail system. Great fishing and family fun! On snowmobile trail #2. See ad page 40 GATEWAY LODGE & RESORT 715-476-7878 4695N Popko Circle West, Mercer, WI, USA, 54547 • Located in Mercer, WI - directly on the Famous Turtle Flambeau Flowage. We have 7 - Four season cabins with the charm of the Northwoods meshed with all the comforts of home. Log furniture, gas log stove, flat screen TV, WIFI, firepit, grill and much more. Restaurant/ bar, bait/tackle shop on premises too. Pontoon and fishing boat rentals available. See ad page 64 HILLCREST RESORT 800-520-3002 (toll free) 5789-5807 Birch Hill Road Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Manitowish River • Located on the Manitowish River of the Manitowish 10 lake chain. All our river front cabins each have 2 bedrooms, linens included. Kitchens are fully equipped. We offer a canoe, rowboats and paddleboat for your enjoyment. A fish cleaning house with freezer, private piers, fire pit and playground make Hillcrest a great place for the entire family.

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MILL POINT RESORT 715-543-2120 • 715-617-2608 12898 Mill Point Lane Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Alder Lake • Mill Point Resort has 700’ of level sugar sand frontage on Alder Lake, part of the Legendary 10-Lake Chain of Manitowish Waters. In 1908 there were six housekeeping cottages along this shoreline. Today our cottages still have the same spectacular view with awe-inspiring sunsets, but they are newly renovated with all the comforts of home. These comforts include air conditioning, whirlpool bath, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, washer/dryer, private pier with a rowboat, and much more. For outside fun we have two boat launches, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and bicycles. If you want to get out of the sun, check out the game room, which includes a pool table, shuffleboard, ping pong, foosball, board games, as well as hundreds of books and DVDs. See ad on Back Cover Follow us

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HOJNACKI’S CEDAR HIDEAWAY 414-791-2174 5311 Aberdeen Lodge Circle, Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Manitowish Water Chain of Lakes • Located on the 10-lake Chain, this newly remodeled, beautifully furnished, year-round home on the Aberdeen Lodge grounds awaits you. This home can be rented as a 4Br/2 bath or 3Br/1 bath and has a large open concept living–dining area, 2 decks, fire pit, 2 car garage and parking for several trailers. Private sand beach, boat docks, screened gazebo, boathouse, playground and snowmobile trails are all part of this northwoods experience.



NORTHWOODS MOOSE LODGE 815-761-6194 13405 Cherry Blossom Lane Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545- Little Star Lake • Completely refurbished 3-bdrm, 1-bath charming cabin on the Manitowish Waters 10-Lake chain. Rippled sand frontage, private dock, excellent swimming, skiing and boating. LCD TV/Direct TV/DVD. Sleeps 6. Ceiling fans, Weber grill, W/D, fully equipped large eat-in kitchen with all new appliances. Walk to Little Bohemia. Open May-Sept. No pets or smoking. P. PAWS PLACE 262-242-4137 • 715-543-8447 13552 E. Shore Road Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Rest Lake Three fully furnished luxury lakefront cabins all with wood burning fireplaces, porches, gas grills and dock with boat slips on Manitowish Lake. Two 2-bedroom 2-bath cabins sleep 6. One 3-bedroom,1-loft, 3-bath main cabin sleeps 10. Enjoy a sandy swim area, western exposure for incredible sunsets, outdoor fire pit, satellite TV, and wireless Internet. Privileges at adjacent resort: heated outdoor swimming pool, fitness center with sauna and steam rooms, tennis sports court, canoes and kayaks. See ad page 48 PEACEFUL PINES, LLC 715-845-4440 12937 Marie Ln. Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 – Spider Lake Hiding in the pines of Manitowish Waters you will find 2 cottages (3-bdrm & 2-bdrm, pet friendly) open from Memorial Day – Oct. 1, and a 3-bdrm rental home (no pets, please) available year ‘round. The Spider Lake property is on the 10-lake chain, has a sandy beach, campfire site, boats, docking, privacy and close to the snowmobile trail.

RED FEATHER LODGE 708-352-7485 13586 Cherne Road Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Rest Lake • 6-bedroom home & 5 cabins on Rest Lake of the 10-lake Manitowish Waters chain. Great sandcastle swimming beach, rowboats, canoe & paddleboats. Inside garage parking for bikes with easy access to new bike trail system from Manitowish Waters to Boulder Junction. Plenty of piers for boat parking. Western exposure for spectacular sunsets. Open early May through early October. No pets.  Mailing address: 34 Poplar, La Grange, IL 60525. See ad page 42 ROCKY REEF RETREAT 414-852-7995 8728 West Rock Lake Road Winchester, WI, 54557 – Rock Lake Escape to the peace & tranquility of this 2-bedroom, remodeled, fully furnished home nestled 15 feet from the shore of Rock Lake. 1,100-acre 3-lake chain features sandy frontage. Screen porch, natural fireplace, fire pit, paddleboat, canoe, boat & more. Pets with approval. Website under construction. TELLEFSON’S LOR-WOOD RESORT 715-543-2180 13136 Lorwood Lane Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Stone Lake • Two housekeeping cottages with views of beautiful Stone Lake in the center of the Manitowish Waters Chain of Lakes, home of the Tiger Musky. Sandy swimming beach. Free WiFi. Dockage for your boat or a rowboat is available. 45 miles of paved bike trails close by.

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THE TURTLE SHORE 414-852-7995 13951 Berg’s Trail • Winchester WI 54545 Extremely secluded 2 bedroom 1 bath home is located on 30 acres with hard packed sand frontage on South Turtle Lake part of Turtle Rock chain with 3 lakes and 1100 acres of navigable water. Fully furnished year round home with updated bathroom and kitchen, includes modern appliances, wood- burning stove, outdoor fire-pit, canoe and fishing boat. Property has 30 acres of woods to roam and 800 feet of PRIVATE frontage. 4 miles from Downtown Manitowish Waters. WEBSITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

VANCE LAKE HOUSE 715-543-2024 5997 County Hwy W • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545• Located on the shore of Vance Lake, this fully furnished 4 bedroom, 3 bath home is the perfect retreat for your Northwoods getaway. Enjoy the wonderful amenities and relaxing views. Walk out to your private dock and see if the fish are biting. Or simply take in the serenity of the picturesque 28-acre lake. Vance Lake is connected to the Manitowish River for miles and miles of kayaking and canoeing. Everything is in walking distance – bike and snowmobile trails, the area’s chain of lakes, canoe and bike rentals, as well as local restaurants and one-of-a-kind shops. Plan your stay and get away from it all! For more details click on the accommodations page at or call us at The Lodge at Manitowish Waters, 715-543-2024. VOSS’ BIRCHWOOD LODGE 715-543-8441 12986 Hwy 51 Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Spider Lake • Built in the turn of the century (1908) Voss’ Birchwood Lodge is Living History. Reminiscent of a bygone era, the Voss’ family continues to offer you and your family a true “summer resort” vacation to remember. Fully equipped housekeeping cabins, lodging cabins, main lodge rooms & Suites overlook a quiet bay of Spider Lake; one of 11 lakes on the Manitowish Waters chain of lakes. Breakfast & dinner served in our beautiful dining room overlooking the lake. Luncheon and shops in the Chalet building. Open June through September. Send for our brochure: Voss’ Birchwood Lodge, P.O. Box 456, Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 or visit our website: See ad pages 41 and 69


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THE BEAR LODGE 715-892-4185 10409 County Hwy W, Winchester, WI 54557 The Bear Lodge was formerly operated as a successful restaurant for decades and many of the amenities which made it a destination for diners remain intact. An incredible full antique bar seating 20 along with 2 big screen tv’s and pool table greet you as you walk into the front door. The huge great room features a real wood burning fireplace. The open concept also allows for ample dining area for large groups. The large commercial kitchen has been refitted with residential appliances. Two large master bedrooms feature a king bed along with a set of bunks. A smaller bedroom has two sets of bunks sleeping 4. Another large bunk room features 6 sets of bunks sleeping 12. Pull out sleeper couches throughout the lodge can accommodate another 8. There are two baths with multiple stalls and showers in each and two half baths. The historic lodge is “northwoods” in decor from the many mounts all the way to the rustic, yet incredibly comfortable furniture. Our dock area can accommodate 2 large pontoon boats or a combination of other smaller crafts. Large parking lot for trailers.

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GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL 715-476-2440 5070 N Hwy 51 • Mercer, WI 54547 – San Domingo Lake • Located on Hwy 51 in Mercer, on San Domingo Lake, on the snowmobile trail and on the ATV trail. All of our 80 rooms are spacious and have air-conditioning, coffee pots, cable TV and WIFI. Pets Welcome. Our large parking lot is ideal for trailers. Visit our Bar and Restaurant attached to the hotel, The Wolf’s Den. Open daily at 11am for the best burgers and sandwiches in the area. See ad on page 47

RED CROWN LODGE 715-385-2709 3852 Hwy 51 North • Arbor Vitae, WI 54568 – Trout Lake • Red Crown Lodge, an all-inclusive resort, is located on beautiful Trout Lake. Uniquely, it only hosts one event at a time. Groups enjoy exclusivity at Red Crown and the finest dining, lodging, golf and lake activities. Red Crown hosts executive retreats, corporate meetings, educational seminars, golf outings, weddings, family reunions and private parties. Groups seeking overnight accommodations must book a minimum of 24 rooms per night. No individual reservations.

PEA PATCH MOTEL/SALOON 715-543-2455 6011 County Hwy. W Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Rest Lake • “Best Burger by a Dam Site!” Lunch/dinner served 11 am until 9 pm daily. Featuring appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, homemade chili and soup. Daily specials include “Mexican” Thursdays and Friday Fish Fry. Carry outs available. Full bar. On snowmobile trail #8 across the street from Rest Lake Park by the Rest Lake Dam. Like us on Facebook. 11 motel rooms overlooking Rest Lake and the Manitowish River. See ad page 55 and 67 THE LODGE AT MANITOWISH WATERS 715-543-2024 13859 ILG Road • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • Your four season Northwoods retreat. The Lodge’s tranquil setting is well suited for family events, relaxing getaways and corporate retreats. You are only minutes from shopping, dining and first-class spa services in downtown Manitowish Waters. Come stay at The Lodge any time of year and enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, biking and XCountry skiing on many of our local trails. There is no better place to relax, recharge and reconnect. First class accommodations include flat screen TVs and refrigerators in each room. Complimentary light breakfast served daily. See ad page 4

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Artists and Galleries ARTISTS PALETTE 715-543-8110 5969 CTH Hwy W. • Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 • We are a Fine Art gallery of LOCAL artists entering our 21st year of carrying the highest quality of Handcrafted two and three-dimensional Artwork. Featuring Original work by Gallery Owners Vlasta Polacek and Val Bogdan and over 40 exceptional artists, we pride ourselves on one-of-a-kind Aesthetically pleasing items and Beautiful utilitarian artwork. Come in and meet our friendly knowledgeable staff and enjoy the ambience. DEN HILL PHOTOGRAPHY 715-904-5144 12792 Alder Lake Road • Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 • Natural Nature Photography “May Nature’s Beauty Inspire Your Life.” Dennis Hill 2009. Capturing the Northwoods beauty is a passion of mine so enjoy a Northwoods tour while visiting my gallery. From Sunrises to Sunsets; Lakes; Fall Colors; Wildlife friends; all photos exemplify the brilliance of these moments displayed for your viewing pleasure. NEW printing techniques give my photos a look and feel of painted art so stop in and bring your ‘smile’, I’ll photograph it FREE. MOONDEER & FRIENDS GALLERY 715-385-2082 10354 Main Street • Boulder Junction, WI, 54512 • • Downtown Boulder Junction’s most unique gallery offers an eclectic mix of contemporary fine art and craft, antiques, professional custom frame service, Putumayo World Music CD’s, books, cards, and many smaller gift items. Featuring the art work of gallery owner Sara Muender as well as work by over 150 local and regional artists. Open daily late May through New Year’s week. Call 715-385-2082 or visit for seasonal hours. Open Saturdays only in January. Closed Feb/March/April. See ad page 25

Attractions CAMP JORN YMCA 715-543-8808 • 13591 Zenner Lane Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Rest Lake Make it a summer to remember! Weeklong or all summer long, we have you covered. Our Resident Camp program serves children ages 8-16 with weeklong overnight experiences and rich camp traditions. Through our day camp program, children ages 5-12 can enjoy all camp has to offer with a daylong experience. We also have a childcare center on site for children birth – 4 years old. Explore, Connect, Belong at Camp Jorn YMCA. See ad page 49

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CAMPANILE CENTER FOR THE ARTS 715-356-9700 131 Milwaukee Street, Minocqua, WI 54548 Located on the island in Downtown Minocqua, Campanile Center hosts live music concerts and entertainment each month bringing high end talent to the Northwoods. The Lakeland Community Concert Band, the Campanile Chorus, the Children’s Chorus & the Children’s Theatre all utilize the facility for performances throughout the year. Our 455 seat auditorium is available for rent to groups for events such as meetings and conferences, performances, weddings and more. The Campanile Conservatory offers art education and music lessons year round.

MINOCQUA COUNTRY CLUB 715-356-5216 9299 Country Club Rd. • Minocqua, WI 54548 • For 100 years Minocqua Country Club has been Northern Wisconsin’s premier private club experience. Featuring 18 holes of the finest golf the Northwoods has to offer and outstanding dining, members enjoy the brilliant scenery and family friendly atmosphere of this historic club. Come see for yourself all that Minocqua Country Club has to offer. For more information regarding membership visit us at or email: Months of operation: May – October. Lunch and dinner served, 11am - 9pm. Closed for dinner on Mondays.

HAWK’S NEST CANOE OUTFITTERS 715-543-8585 263 Hwy 51 • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • 1-3 hour adventure trips w/shuttle service; longer & canoe/camping overnight trips. Canoeing, kayaking, tubing, rafting & great fishing on the Manitowish, Bear, Turtle & Flambeau Rivers. Full & partial outfitting on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage. Tents, food, cooking gear & more. Two great locations: 2.5 miles north of Hwy. W on Hwy 51, Manitowish Waters – 715-543-8585; 5 miles west of Eagle River on Hwy. 70 Call 715-4797944 May - Oct. or 1-800-688-7471 year ‘round.

NATIONAL A&P HISTORICAL MUSEUM & RESEARCH CENTER, LLC 715-892-2967 • PO Box 578 • Boulder Junction, WI 54512 “Step back into time ... and pick up some food for thought!” Come learn the fascinating backstory of how one pioneering company and its founding family shaped the modern food retailing and food products industry that we know today. 5254 U.S. Hwy. 51, Manitowish Waters. Open year-round Fridays 10-4 and other times by chance or by prior appointment. “Like Us” on Facebook at National A&P Historical Museum and Research Center.

LAKE OF THE TORCHES RESORT CASINO 715-588-7070 510 Old Abe Road • Lac du Flambeau, WI, 54538 • Lake of the Torches Resort Casino offers more than 800 of the hottest slot machines where guests can win thousands in cash prizes for as little as a penny per line. The gaming floor also includes the Bay, where guests can play exciting slots for $1 per line, and the Cove, where players can win big with mystery progressive jackpots. Or, hit a hot streak with our table games featuring Blackjack and Craps. Enjoy a meal in our restaurant or bar and grill and stay in our beautiful lakeside hotel. Lake of the Torches Resort Casino is open 24/7 year round. You’ll shout for big cash prizes in our Bingo Hall open Wednesdays – Sundays. Winning’s more fun at the Lake! See ad on page 43

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Northern Highland American Legion State Forest 715-542-3923 3237 Crystal Lake Road • Sayner, WI 54560 Including 900 lakes and 18 family campgrounds, The Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest, provides striking scenic opportunities for hiking, snowmobiling, biking, fishing, boating, swimming, canoeing, cross country skiing, camping, picnicking, and hunting alike. NORTH LAKELAND DISCOVERY CENTER 877-543-2085 • 715-543-2085 215 Cty Rd W • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • The North Lakeland Discovery Center is a place where people can come to connect to the natural world. As a non-profit environmental education organization we are dedicated to providing lifelong learning activities for all ages and a place to experience the wonders of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. We offer regular nature-based programming as well as 12 miles of trails and a variety of seasonal drop-in activities. Our location is beautifully remote, surrounded by water and forests, and yet accessible to visitors. Whether you have vast experience in the outdoors or are new to exploring, we have a program for your interests and skill levels. Drop in and discover! See ad page 53 TROUT LAKE GOLF CLUB 3800 Hwy 51 N, Arbor Vitae, WI 715-385-2189 • Trout Lake Golf Club, established in 1924, has remained a top golfing destination in the Northwoods for the past 90 years. Thousands upon thousands have enjoyed its wondrous beauty, challenging layout, premier practice facility and historic clubhouse that’s buried deep off the beaten path. You will wonder where you are as you drive down our rustic, tree lined road, until it opens up to a golf paradise. Come challenge your golf game today! See ad page 51

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GREAT NORTHERN PARTY BUS 715-476-2440 5070 N Hwy 51, Mercer, WI 54547• Great Northern Party Bus-Let us handle your next Wedding, Party, Event, or any Shuttle Services you may need. Our 16 Passenger Bus is equipped with captain chairs and a wheel chair lift. Call for rates 715-476-2440. See ad page 47 LAKE AREA AIRPORT SEDAN, LLC 715-356-7836 • Cell: 262-442-0621 P.O. Box 974, Arbor Vitae, WI 54568-0974 • Door to door sedan/transport service to or from Rhinelander, Wausau, Appleton, Green Bay airports, or as needed. Fully licensed and insured. Early morning/late night service. Competitive rates. Specializing in corporate and private transportation throughout Vilas, Oneida and Eastern Iron counties. Call for a quote and reserve your hassle-free ride to or from area airports.




DIETZ’S SERVICE, INC. 715-543-2144 6096 County Road W • Manitowish Water, WI 54545 24-hr. pay at the pump gasoline & diesel. #1 and #2 road fuel, K-1 kerosene, LP refueling station. 24- hr. towing and recovery, auto-marine storage, repair facility. Live bait & tackle, hunting supplies, WI licenses, WI and MI trail passes. Fresh bakery & subs daily. Full convenience store. Business for sale.


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Beauty Salons CABIN COIFFURE 715-543-2223 5966 County Hwy W • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 Enjoy an upscale hair salon experience in a cozy Northwoods atmosphere. We offer haircuts, styling, perms, color, waxing and more. Child’s haircuts available. Conveniently located near shopping, dining and spa services in downtown Manitowish Waters. Appointments preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Open Tuesday – Saturday 9 am to 4 pm. Go ahead and pamper yourself; you deserve it! THE SPA AT MANITOWISH WATERS 715-543-2535 5968 County Hwy W • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • Discover a full service oasis in the heart of the Northwoods. Offering spa services from head to toe: Massage therapy, manicures and pedicures. Additional services upon request. Gift certificates available. A peaceful getaway only steps away from The Lodge at Manitowish Waters. See ad page 4

Building/Construction BEAR COUNTRY BUILDERS, INC 715-543-8000 5185 Hwy. 51 South • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 Bear Country Builders is a full service builder – specializing in full Log homes, Log & Cedar Siding, Remodeling & Additions to existing homes or cabins and custom log work to give your home that “Northwoods” feel. We are the local dealer for Stratford Modular Homes featuring high quality custom homes. We offer site evaluation, project management, complete General Contracting, Crane rental and much more. WE’LL HOLD YOUR PAW EVERY STEP OF THE WAY! Stop by our model home on Hwy 51 just south of Manitowish Waters or “Log On” to our website. See ad on page 42 CHUCK’S EXCAVATING AND RESTORATION, LLC 715-904-2707 5696 Hwy 51 • Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 General Excavating, Shoreline Restoration, Lot Clearing, Road Building and Snow Plowing. We provide the highest level of service in the Northwoods. Fully Insured. We are a customer-focused business that prides itself on safety, quality, integrity and community service. See ad page 49 CK BUILDERS, INC. 715-543-2440• 715-904-0013 13134 Spider Cir • Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 Quality Craftsmanship since 1990. Our experience is your guarantee! For ALL your building needs (big or small), give us a call! Custom homes & remodeling is our specialty – with attention to detail. See ad page 48 DANO’S TREE SERVICE 630-450-6641 12715 Fallon Rd. • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • Dano’s Tree Service can meet all your tree needs. Offering a high quality Tree Service. Specializing in hazardous pruning and removals. Providing everything from pruning, removals, clear-cut, protection, consulting and firewood. Come visit our new location on Hwy 51 and Bakken Road. See ad page 48


DEER RUN STONE 715-356-4205 9787 Rylee Lane, Minocqua, WI • We are a stone wholesaler with a display center with over 6,000 sf of displays that was established in 2005. We supply natural and Man-Made stone for interior and exterior of home along with landscaping products, sealers and masonry tools. We have the largest selection of stone products in the Northwoods for you to select from. GREAT LAKES CARPENTRY 715-476-0122 • cell 715-776-0122 • As a Certified Passive House Builder and leader in high performance home building, we offer new homes and additions that will save up to 90% on heating/cooling costs through the use of super-energy efficient building components and building science best practice techniques. Homes built to Passive House energy design standard can be heated with the equivalent of a hair dryer, cost 90% less to heat, have excellent indoor-air quality and are built to withstand the test of time. Our high-performance, Timberpeg® Timber Frame and Enercept, Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) homes are second to none. As the Authorized Alpen HPP Windows and Wasco Windows Dealer for Northern WI, we offer the most energyefficient windows manufactured in America. Call us and start saving now. See ad page 59 JM SERVICES OF NORTHERN WI, LLC 1-715-499-7915 13104 Spider Circle • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 Specializing in custom concrete work, construction, dock repair & installation, staining, remodeling, snowplowing, roof shoveling and much more. Handcrafted concrete tables available. See ad page 43 LAKELAND TRUE VALUE & JUST ASK RENTALS 715-543-8036 5967 CTH W, P.O. Box 457 Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • Lakeland True Value is a full-line hardware store with rentals of power equipment to fill all your rental needs. Screen repairs, town signs, pipe cutting, keys made. Years of product knowledge makes Lakeland True Value your “one stop” shop. MB CONCRETE 715-543-2500 Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 Driveways, foundations, garages, patios, walks & stamped concrete. See ad page 42 MILES FIRNHABER COMPANIES 715-492-9149 • 715-543-8732 (HOME & FAX) PO Box 156 • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 A full service builder. Home remodeling, additions, starter to custom homes, light commercial, condominiums, insulated concrete forms, stamped and colored concrete, custom stone work (natural and cultured). NASI CONSTRUCTION, LLC 715-561-5153 700 Granite St. • Hurley, WI 54534 • Celebrating 40 years in construction, Wayne Nasi, President of Nasi Construction, LLC, specializes in custom residential construction, commercial construction, fire and water damage restoration, and industrial construction. As a general contractor we are here to serve the people and businesses of Northern Wisconsin and Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The compass that has guided Wayne Nasi throughout his career has been a strong belief to provide each customer with the highest quality job possible at an affordable price.

PITLIK & WICK, INC 715-479-7488 8075 Cty D • Eagle River, WI 54521 Hot mix asphalt blacktopping; Parking lots, Driveways, Tennis court, building & resurfacing, Decorative paving, Crack sealing, Roadbuilding, Crushed Gravel. PLUMBLINE CONSTRUCTIN, LLC 701-278-7354 200 Birch Street • Park Falls, WI • Plumbline Construction is a construction company serving the Manitowish Waters and Minocqua areas. We are in business to glorify God by serving our customers. We offer service and quality for your construction needs. From the ground up, to roofing, to finish interior, our aim is to exceed the customer’s expectation. We serve the community by presenting a complete and fair estimate for both labor and materials before beginning a project. We provide high quality materials and workmanship to increase the value of a home or business. Plumbline Construction is a dealer for Minnkota Windows, a superior vinyl window that is long lasting and almost entirely maintenance free. To learn more about the high quality and excellent warranty offered by Minnkota Windows please visit Plumbline Construction offers: Home Building, Additions, Roofing, Concrete, Siding, Decks, Remodeling, Windows, Tile Work, Drywall and Painting. Our equipment includes a S300 Bobcat Skid-steer and a 46 ft basketlift. Riebe Painting 715-476-7878 PO Box 387 • Mercer, WI 54547 With over 35 years of experience in interior/exterior painting and staining. Fully insured. See ad page 64 SCHMIDT & SONS, INC 715-493-6354 2280 South Turtle Drive, Winchester, WI 54557 www.Plumbers-Supplyhousecom • Schmidt and Sons, Inc., specializes in residential and commercial plumbing including new construction, remodeling, and repair services. We offer interior plumbing, septic systems, soil testing, water testing and conditioning and hydronic and in-floor heating. Give us a call for prompt, professional service.

WHEEL HAUL IT DISPOSAL SERVICE 715-482-6235 PO Box 238 • Presque Isle, WI 54557 • Dumpster rentals for Vilas, Iron and Oneida counties. Servicing construction, renovation and clean-up jobs for residential and commercial sites. In addition to convenient and timely drop off/pick up, we provide clean-out services for homes, garages and businesses. Serving contractors and homeowners for 25 years with timeliness and professionalism. Fully licensed and insured. WILLIAMS ELECTRIC AND MECHANICAL LLC 715-476-2523 2693 County Hwy J, P.O. Box 130 • Mercer, WI 54547 Williams Electric & Mechanical provides Northwoods residential, commercial and light industrial customers with top quality electrical services at a fair price. Now offering retrofits and service for AC, furnace & refrigeration units. We are your certified Generac generator sales and service dealership. Our Master Electricians are experienced in wiring new construction, trenching, troubleshooting and lighting/project design. Emergency service 24/7. Fully licensed and insured.

Sporting Goods & Services ANGLER’S CHOICE GUIDE SERVICE 715-892-3020 • 715-686-2012 Create the complete Northern Wisconsin vacation with John Andrew. Full or half day fishing. No fish–no pay policy (musky not guaranteed). Couples, children and serious anglers welcome! Fully licensed & insured with 40 years of fishing experience; 2 fresh water fishing world records and 3 Outstanding Angling Achievement awards – documented at the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. Also offering snowmobile trail guiding, ice fishing services, and daily guided hunting trips. See ad page 21

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Bobber Down Guide Service 4816 Little Pike Rd, Mercer, WI 54547 715-776-0140 I fish with St. Croix rods. They’re made in Park Falls, Wisconsin, and for me that’s about as “buy local” as it gets. My favorite jigging rod is an Avid series 6’8”medium power extrafast action. For slip bobbin’ I like a long rod and use the Triumph series in 7’ medium light fast action. It also makes a nice lower cost jigging rod. I have a pretty aggressive style of fishing but try to adapt to the client’s pace. after all, it is often said, “life should be fun.” Well, fishing should be really fun! I encourage customers to opt for having a shore lunch. A fish fry over a campfire on an island is a fitting compliment to spending a day on the Flowage. It’s a little more effort on my end but I enjoy doing it and don’t count the lunch break into our fishing time. I also have it priced to mainly reflect my costs. BOB’S MANITOWISH GUIDE SERVICE 715-385-2711 • 715-892-2366 9487 The Narrows Trail • Boulder Junction, WI 54512 • Get Hooked On Fishing! Fishing fun for all ages, over 35 years fishing Boulder Junction, Vilas County, Iron County, Oneida County area lakes and rivers, all species of fish (Musky, Walleye, Small & Large Mouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Perch). 18 FT. Alumacraft bass boat, poles, bait and tackle provided. Full or half days. Group rates also available. Specializing in family fishing. Gateway Lodge – Bait and Tackle 715-476-7878 4695 N Popko Circle W Mercer, WI 54547 Live bait, tackle, boat rentals, firewood. See ad page 64 GREER’S PIER MARINA 715-543-8456 5536 US Hwy 51 • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • “Your complete marine headquarters.” Let our knowledgeable & professional staff help you to purchase or rent the perfect boat for your needs! We offer bait, tackle, marine supplies, fuel, storage, snowmobile rentals, great food, clothing & gifts, & the finest service department around. Visit us at the bridge in Manitowish Waters. See ad page 41 NORTHWOODS PONTOON RENTALS 715-892-5857 5256 Hwy 51 • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • Northwoods Pontoon Rentals offers boat rentals near you. Services such as pontoon rentals, boat storage and winterization are all part of our business. We deliver anywhere in Vilas County. 18ft – 21ft pontoons are available for your boating pleasure! See ad page 39 RICK MCCLELLAN GUIDE SERVICE 715-904-0974 Rick is a second generation fishing guide who is passionate about fishing. Raised in Manitowish Waters, his extensive knowledge of the area waters ensures that all generations have a great fish story to tell! Fish the beautiful waters of Vilas and Iron Counties for a full or half day. Catch walleye, panfish, bass and the elusive musky. Enhance your experience with a shore lunch. Call or email today to book your trip! SPORTSMEN’S OUTPOST 715-543-8336 5678 Hwy 51 S • Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 Hunting and fishing licenses, live bait, beer, pop, gas, candy, firewood, ice, chips, cigarettes, and more. Come in and meet your host Marty Vehrs. Winter Hours; TuesdaySaturday: 7am-6pm, Sunday: 7am-2pm. Summer Hours; Monday-Saturday: 6am-9pm, Sunday: 6am-6pm


TOWNLINE SPORTS 715-543-2371 5198 South Hwy 51 • Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 • Located on Hwy. 51 in Manitowish Waters, we have the area’s largest selection of fishing & hunting supplies, sweatshirts, T-shirts, up-to-date fishing info, fireworks, ice fishing, reel repair, fish freezing on display. We also offer #1 guide service from a list of local guides, whatever your species. WATERS MARINE 715-543-2115 5668 Hwy 51 • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • Dedicated to customer satisfaction, owner Dan Konitzer has over 25 years’ experience in the pier/Lift/Boating industry, specializing in inboard ski/wake/surf boats. We offer boat pick-up and delivery, dockside service, secure year round indoor storage, pier/lift sales and service, boat detailing, just to name a few. Visit onsite “ship store” for a full menu of services and supplies for all your boating needs. We are a proud dealer of Porta Dock, StarCraft, TIGE and Sea Legs. See ad page 28

Grocery HOGAN’S GENERAL STORE 715-543-2999 5198 US Hwy 51 • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • Family-owned traditional Hogan’s General Store with Groceries, Full Service Meat Market, Sub Shop, Dine-In Deli, and Liquor, where old-time values and quality are still in style! The local’s choice for meat, including house-made brats, U.S.D.A. Choice steaks, and our renowned Porketta roast. Fresh bakery, carved meats and cheeses, homemade salads and soups, custom sandwiches, and a tasty made to order daily breakfast. Fast-casual dining, premium coffee and cappuccino with WIFI. Eat-in. Take-out. Drive-thru. 24-hour gas. Trail 8. VILLAGE MARKET 715-543-8422 5985 CTH W • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • Village Market is a full-service grocery store serving the Manitowish Waters area. Offering customers excellent service and a fresh shopping experience year-round, Village Market is home to highest quality meat and seafood, produce, deli, bakery, grocery, frozen foods and dairy departments. Village Market receives fresh produce daily. Village Market’s Cellar 70 is a department dedicated entirely to beer, wine and spirits. See ad page 53

Advertising/Marketing 5 STAR MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION 715-453-4511 409 South Park Dr. • Tomahawk, WI 54487 • 5 Star Marketing & Distribution is a full-service marketing company located in Tomahawk, WI. Our company provides marketing services to the tourism/travel and the real estate industries in northern and central Wisconsin. We produce and distribute top-quality magazines, maps and brochures that promote travel and shopping. We also operate the largest and best rack distribution network in Wisconsin. CLOSE PUBLICATIONS LLC 262-695-1800 N50 W25172 William Dr. • Pewaukee, WI 53072 • Publisher of the following publication; 1) Fun in Wisconsin Magazine, 2) WI Bike Trails, 3) WI Best Snowmobile/ATV Guide, 4) WI Art Guide, 5) WI Cheese & Wine Connoisseur, 6) Premier Golf Guide, 7) Midwest Harley Davidson Go Guide. All publications are found in all state Welcome Centers, 60+ Chamber and Visitor Bureaus and over 250 Hotels & Resorts.

FYI NORTHWOODS NEWS, LLC 715-892-2967 • PO Box 578 • Boulder Junction, WI 54512 The North Lakeland area’s bi-weekly source for news and event information. Delivered free to more than 3,000 homes in the North Lakeland region. Subscriptions available outside the area. Advertisers, let us help you reach your target market. Editorial offices at 5254 U.S. Hwy. 51, Manitowish Waters. “Like Us” on Facebook at FYI Northwoods News. KIM SWISHER COMMUNICATIONS, LLC 715-437-0090 150 S. Anderson St. #1-A • Rhinelander, WI • Providing public relations and digital communications for small businesses and non-profit organizations. Specializing in email and social media engagement. OUR WISCONSIN MAGAZINE 715-543-2311 • WEB WORK LIFE 262-442-8880 P.O. Box 291 • Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 • Web Work Life is more than just a website design company – we are your partner. We understand both your business and the technology necessary to take full advantage of the opportunities the Internet provides. We specialize in the creation of customized websites for the small to mid-sized business owner.

Professional Services ASSOCIATED BANK 715-476-3545 5260 N Hwy 51 • Mercer, WI 54547 Full service community bank offering a complete portfolio of both personal and business banking products. -Checking, Savings and Money Market accounts. CD’s and IRA’s. Mortgage, Construction and Lot loans. Home equity loans and lines of credit. CENTURYLINK 715-682-0020 120 E. Main St. • Ashland, WI 54806 • CenturyLink, the third largest telecommunications company in the United States, provides broadband, voice and wireless services to consumers and businesses across the country and advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink , Prism TV and DIRECTTV brands. The company also provides data, voice and managed services to business, government and wholesale customers in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers. CONSTELLATION WEALTH GROUP 763-432-4622 You’ve worked hard to achieve success. And wealth often results in complex financial situations that call for highly personalized strategies. As an Ameriprise private wealth advisory practice, we have the qualifications and experience to help you grow and preserve your wealth. Whether it’s investment management, tax strategies or legacy planning, you can count on our knowledge and commitment in helping you manage your sophisticated financial needs. See ad page 45


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If you’re in the Northwoods and looking for a full service neighborhood grocery store, shop Trig’s Village Market. Expanded and remodeled in 2013 it’s your one stop shop for: • • • • • •

Fresh produce Deli – salad and hot bar Ice Cream & Coffee Shop Cellar 70 – great selection of wines, beers & spirits Full service Meat Department Plus burn permits, stamps, tobacco products, movie rentals, and lottery tickets

715-543-8422 | 8 am – 8 pm 133 Hwy W. Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin 54545

A natural destination for families along the new Manitowish Waters paved bike trail. With nature center, 12 miles of trails, canoeing, and programs year round! 1-877-543-2085

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FIRST MERIT 715-543-8302 5987 County Hwy W • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • Conveniently located on Hwy. W in Manitowish Waters. Full service banking to meet your personal & commercial needs. Services include checking, savings, investments, mortgages & loans. Together “Let’s Make it Happen.” Member FDIC. LAKETIME MANAGEMENT, LLC Minocqua, WI 715-892-5232 LakeTime Management is a personal concierge, lifestyle, and household management service. We support our clients’ vision in creating their ultimate Northwoods lifestyle. We cater to our client’s preferred level of assistance and preferences. At LakeTime Management, we help our clients to gain the freedom to enjoy their time as they wish. We coordinate and manage the following services: Full Service Caretaking, Housekeeping, Grocery and Errand, Personal Chef, Small Event Coordination, and Vacation Home Hospitality Services. LEE & ASSOCIATES 715-543-2557 5800 Hwy. 51, PO Box 290 • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • Lee & Associates is an independent insurance agency offering home, auto, business, health and life insurance. We have been serving the Manitowish Waters area for over 25 years. We welcome the opportunity to earn your business. NORTHWOODS HOME RENTALS 715-686-2126 5256 Hwy 51, Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • 25-Vacation homes, Cabins and Lodges, located in the surrounding areas with prime on-water locations. Rustic to elegant, we have accommodations to fit your needs, style and price range. Daily, weekly or monthly year round rentals are available. See ad page 39 RICK’S APPLIANCE SERVICE, LLC 715-614-0127 P.O. Box 334 • Mercer, WI 54547 Owner Rick Boes is a factory trained technician with over 35 years of experience in the appliance industry. Warranty authorized for; Amana, Bosch, Crosley, Estate, GE, Hotpoint, Jenn Air, Kitchen Aid, Maytag, Scotsman, Speed Queen and Thermador. Call Rick for all your kitchen and laundry appliance servicing needs. TOMAHAWK COMMUNITY BANK, SSB 715-453-2144 15 E. Wisconsin Ave • Tomahawk, WI 54487 Tomahawk Community Bank serves all of Northern Wisconsin. We have been lending since 1920. Our Loan Specialists are friendly professionals offering a variety of loan products and services. Visit us online today! You have dreams…we have money! See ad page 46 XCEL ENERGY 1-800-895-4999 Customer Business Office: 1-800-895-4999 Electric Emergency or Repair Services: 1-800-895-1999 101 Alfred Wright Blvd • Ironwood, MI 49938 Your electric service provider.


Real Estate CENTURY 21 PIERCE REALTY, LLC 715-543-2384 • 1-800-440-7879 5975 CTH W Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • Great location in Downtown Manitowish Waters with two additional offices in Mercer and Boulder Junction. Three outstanding offices to better serve ALL your real estate needs. Our top producing, award-winning agents offer years of buying and selling experience. Call for a free, no obligation Comparative Market Analysis or free Real Estate Guide. “Locally Owned - Nationally Connected!” See ad page 56 COLDWELL BANKER MULLEADY, INC. REALTORS 715-543-8900 5995 CTH W • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 Coldwell Banker Mulleady Realtors is the largest full service real estate company in Northern Wisconsin. Our sales staff is experienced in all types of real estate from Lake Homes to Commercial. We are eager to serve you! See ad page 55 REDMAN REALTY GROUP, LLC 715-543-2544 5977 CTH W • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • PROUD TO BE THE #1 OFFICE IN SALES VOLUME & TRANSACTIONS CLOSED IN THE 7 COUNTY MLS! Located conveniently in downtown Manitowish Waters, Redman Realty Group, LLC serves all your real estate needs for Northern Wisconsin including Vilas, Oneida, Iron and Price Counties. We provide unparalleled service to you as either a buyer or a seller. Here at Redman Realty Group, we do real estate business in a different way! Adam Redman has built a staff of qualified professionals that work behind the scenes to support our agents and in turn make your home buying and selling process much easier. Redman Realty Group is not a place where any agent can hang their hat with little broker supervision, it is a close-knit group of Realtors working in a family-type setting to deliver the superior customer service you expect and Adam Redman requires. When you list your home for sale, or are looking for someone to help you locate a property, we understand that you are making a truly important decision. With locations in both Manitowish Waters and Minocqua-Come meet us at RRG and trust all your Northwoods Wisconsin real estate needs to us! See ad page 47 RE/MAX ACTION NORTH REALTY 715-476-2323 5211 Hwy. 51 • Mercer, WI 54547 • RE/MAX Action North Realty are Hometown experts with a world of experience! Our 2 offices, located in Mercer, WI & Ironwood, MI, serve Northern Wisconsin & the Upper Peninsula Michigan. With agents licensed in Wisconsin and Michigan, RE/MAX Action North is your #1 choice for all your real estate needs for homes, cottages, vacant waterfront, acreage & commercial property. We are members of Wisconsin & Michigan Multiple Listing Services with more properties to find you the perfect place, you just add the memories! See ad page 29 RE/MAX PROPERTY PROS 715-480-4333 • 715-356-3207 • 715-453-1188 888 West Pine Street, Eagle River, WI 54521 Dedicated to full time real estate professionals that will assist you in selling or locating your Northwoods home, land or business! Located in Eagle River, Minocqua, and Tomahawk

DANIEL MEIER AT SCHMIDT-HAUS REALTY, INC 715-543-2300 • 715-904-0053 6080 CTH W • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 I joined one of the area’s Top Real Estate Co. in 2001 and have been one of the area’s top producers for many years. I enjoy working with Buyer and Sellers and have become close friends with my clients over the years. I am very knowledgeable on area real estate including the Manitowish Chain of 10 Lakes which I live on. I am very active in the community and community organizations. I greatly care about the area. You have my promise I will work hard for you as I have in the past for others. Give me a call or stop in say HI! VINCE HOEHN GRI, AT CENTURY 21 PIERCE REALTY 715-543-2384 • 715-904-1025 5975 CTH W • Manitowish Waters, WI • Professionally serving Buyers and Sellers of residential and recreational real estate with award-winning service for over 12 years. Working in conjunction with his fellow associates and the office staff at Pierce Realty, Vince serves as your friendly, experienced, and trust-worthy guide from Day 1 all the way through to closing, providing skilled analysis and sound real estate advice every step of the way. Available via appointment outside of office hours - just give a call!

Shopping Coontail Phone: 888-874-0885 Email: Website: Physical Address: Boulder Junction, Arbor Vitae & Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin Let Coontail help you get out and play in style! Not only does Coontail carry top clothing brands for the entire family, but it is also northern Wisconsin & the U.P.’s premier kayak and paddle board dealer. Bike, paddle board, kayak, cross country skis and snowshoe rentals available. Please see our website for our locations and hours of operation.


SCHMIDT-HAUS REALTY, INC. 715-543-2300• 800-241-5680 6080 CTH W • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • CELEBRATING OUR 33rd YEAR OF SERVING THE NORTHWOODS LAKELAND AREA! SCHMIDTHAUS REALTY, INC. is the Best -- Above the Rest and we are the company -- “Where Customers & Clients Become Friends!” Specializing in Vilas, Oneida, & Iron Counties. We will serve you with professionalism, integrity and assure you that YOUR priorities and needs are always foremost. Stop in to see us, or give us a call at 715-543-2300 or 800241-5680. See for yourself why our dedicated agents, and our innovative marketing, has made Schmidt-haus Realty, Inc. the Leader in Sales and Services in the North Lakeland Area!  WE ARE A MOST TRUSTED NAME IN REAL ESTATE! Check out our web site at:  www. to see our multi-page, innovative color brochures on all our properties and our virtual tours.  See ad page 2

CRANBERRY SQUARE - CRANBERRY FARM MARKET 715-543-2778 12825 Alder Lake Road • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 Unique Gift shop located at Vilas Cranberry Company, a working Marsh since 1946 in Manitowish Waters. Educational display & Movie. Best variety of sweetened dried Cranberries. Full line of Cranberry gifts, gourmet food items, candies & much more. Open Daily 10 to 4 - May to Mid-November FRESH CRANBERRIES! Available Mid Sept. - Mid Oct. Open weekends Mid Nov-Mid Dec. Come and visit us. See ad page 31

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LAKESIDE LIVING DESIGN, LLC 715-543-8131 5191 S. Hwy 51 • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • Lakeside Living Design is the Northwood’s premiere interior design center. We offer American made indoor and outdoor furniture from manufactures such as CR Laine, Harden, Lane Venture and Lloyd Flanders. Creating custom window treatments, bedding and upholstered pieces is our specialty, fabricated in our on-site state of the art workroom. We also have the perfect home accessories and gifts for all occasions. Coming soon is our online store, visit our web site to become a Lakeside Living Loyal! Whether your style is traditional, rustic or contemporary, our design team can create a tranquil and comfortable space for your lifestyle. Stop in and see how the Lakeside Living Design Team can make your world beautiful inside and out! See ad page 17 SECOND TIME AROUND RESALE SHOP 715-543-2438 5254 Hwy 51 • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 Second Time Around offers a unique variety of seasoned items that have been tested. Items include household goods, clothing, decorations, art and sewing supplies, learning books and much more. Check out our display room located in the Vilas County Incubator building at 5254 Hwy 51. STORMY KROMER 888-455-2253 1238 Wall Street • Ironwood, MI 49938 • Home of the iconic Stormy Kromer cap, including free factory tours Monday-Friday at 1:30 and flagship store open Monday-Friday 8-5 and Saturday 9-12. Factory tours are kid-friendly and wheelchair accessible, approximately 45 minutes long and a great rainy day activity. Come see a Legend in the making, just north of the border in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. THE LAKE HOUSE 715-543-2301 5962 County Hwy W • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • Just a short walk from The Lodge, The Lake House has an eclectic array of upscale gifts and home goods for Northern living. Looking for something special? We have it. THE WINE AND BEER BARN 715-543-2244 5973 CTH W • Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 • Offering a warm and embracing Northern Wisconsin atmosphere to relax and enjoy your wine shopping experience. Offering quality cheeses, cigars, specialty beer, the very best wine accessories, crystal stemware, wine aerators, oak barrel furniture, wine racks, home decor accessories, and several different gift bag options. We also carry infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Free wine tastings are available daily. Located in “downtown” Manitowish Waters on County Hwy. W. Wine tastings held the 1st Sat. of every month, 3-6 p.m. TO THE NINES 715-543-2699 5970 County Hwy W • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • For a truly unique Manitowish Waters shopping experience, visiting To The Nines is a must. Just steps from The Lodge, To The Nines features carefully selected items that reflect the Northwoods lifestyle. Discover thoughtful gifts, unusual decorative items, food and wine accessories and one-of-a-kind gift items. You will also find unique souvenirs of your visit “Up North” to bring home. For a truly memorable shopping experience, come browse our selection. You will not be disappointed. See ad page 4

VINTAGE CABIN SIGNS 715-892-5857 5256 Hwy 51 • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • The lodge look sign reproductions for sale are all hand-made, one-of-a-kind creations, no two signs are identical. The originals of antique signs, fishing magazines, old books and antique postcards serve as inspiration for the designs. To maintain the period flair in these reproductions, multiple techniques are employed, which include hand cut and printed silk screens, brush and sponge work, airbrush, multiple glazes and aging techniques. A minimum of 12 steps and as many as 20 may go into the finished product. All the work is done in beautiful Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin. WINKLER’S NORTHERN EXPOSURE GREENHOUSE 715-385-2852 5421 Park St. • Boulder Junction, WI 54512 We carry a variety of perennials and annuals, hanging baskets, herbs and shrubs. Concrete bird baths and stepping stones specially made for added interest in your gardens. Open from May to October. Located next to the Guides Inn on Hwy M. The Wampum Shop 715-476-2465 5257 Lakeview Ave, Mercer WI, 54547 A Northwoods Tradition since 1950, the Wampum Shop, located in downtown Mercer, is a gift shop for the entire family. With everything from clothing and moccasins, toys for all the kids, wind chimes and garden items, old fashioned and new candy, we have a little something for everyone. See ad page 56


GREAT ESCAPE TECHNOLOGIES, INC 715-543-2563 13630 Powell Road • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 Your local hometown Security and Electronics Expert. Specializing in electronics sales, service, and installation at your home or business. Services include: Security systems, home theaters, multi-room audio systems, LED TV’s and Projectors, high-definition surveillance cameras, low voltage wiring (TV, Phone and Data networks), along with remote heating, security and camera access.

Dining ABERDEEN RESTAURANT & BAR 715-543-8700 5325 Aberdeen Lodge Circle • Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Trout River between Alder Lake & Manitowish Lake Twin Pines Road to Aberdeen Lodge Circle • A delightful Northwood’s experience awaits your year ‘round arrival at our traditional hand-hewn log restaurant & bar. Nestled amongst tall pines the Aberdeen provides a scenic view of Trout River, your water passage between Alder Lake and Manitowish Lake. Step into our rustic bar and enjoy a cocktail before dining or meet a group of friends to cheer for your favorite team while watching our big screen TVs. Select mouth-watering entrees from our full menu, enjoy the ambiance of our dining room and be treated to wonderful service and hospitality. Featuring hand cut steaks, ribs, seafood, pasta, and Aberdeen’s famous fish fry, our menu boasts pleasure for every palette. Visit our website and Facebook for weekly specials and promotions. Aberdeen provides a great venue for weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries, club meetings and reunions. Come visit us and enjoy our magnificent screened in porch or nature’s open-air patio! See you soon! See ad page 62

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ANGLERS 715-543-2306 6101 County Hwy. W • Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 Anglers Restaurant is located 1 mile north of the Chamber Office on Hwy W which is the main street of Manitowish Waters. You go just over the Damn and across from Dietz’s gas station. For you snowmobilers we are right on the #8 trail. For you cyclists we are right next to the bike trail that takes you to Boulder Junction. Anglers is one of the old landmark buildings in town, but once you walk in you will see the completely remodeled 20 seat bar room with 4 big screen TV’s to catch the game on. Our newly remodeled, cozy dining room seats 40 with a great view of Vance Lake. We offer great Lunch and Dinner specials. All of our steaks are fresh, choice loins that are hand cut to order. Our menu ranges from sandwiches to quality night dining. (Steaks, chops, ribs, seafood, fish, prime rib, fish fry, etc.). Stop by and meet the owners Paul and Michelle for great food and Cocktails. Reservations are greatly appreciated. You can reach us at (715) 543-2306, Anglers Restaurant on Facebook or AURORA BOREALIS 715-543-8464 6047 County Hwy. W Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Vance Lake • Aurora Borealis is dedicated to bringing high-quality, handcrafted contemporary American cuisine to Northern Wisconsin. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite at the bar or an intimate dinner with family and friends, Aurora Borealis has a delicious selection of seasonal specialties, fine wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails to complete your dining experience. 149 County Hwy. W, “downtown” Manitowish Waters (former site of Pine Baron’s). May – October; Breakfast & Dinner. Breakfast, 7 - 11:30am. Dinner, 5 – 10pm. December – March; Breakfast. Closed Wednesday. BLUE BAYOU INN 715-543-2537 5547 US Hwy 51 Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Manitowish Lake • Since 1980 or 37 years, the Mazur Family has created the ultimate dining experience serving the finest in Creole/Cajun and American Fare. Customer favorites include Crawfish Etouffee, Jambalaya, Bayou Magic Fish, Catfish prepared six ways, Steak Diane and more. Enjoy Seafood Gumbo, salad cart service, save room for our signature desserts- Bread Pudding or Bananas Foster flamed tableside. Open May-Oct. Libations at 4 PM, Dinner at 5 PM. Closed Sundays. Reservations honored and appreciated. See ad page 63

Dixie’s Coffee House 715-543-2353 6085 County Hwy W • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • Dixie’s Coffee House nourishes the body and feeds the soul. Featuring Wisconsin’s own New Roots coffee, Rishi tea and specialty baked goods, Dixie’s also offers panini made to order and delicious soup specials every day. Enjoy the best views in Manitowish Waters while at Dixie’s. With Vance Lake as the focal point, the interior and exterior deck take advantage of the year round breathtaking landscape. Read, work on your computer with our free WiFi or chat with friends as you relax inside. Or enjoy the solitude and beauty of the Northwoods while you sit on the deck. Stop in as you enjoy the adjacent Manitowish Waters Bike Trail. You will come for the coffee but stay for the view. See ad page 61 GATEWAY LODGE & RESORT 715-476-7878 4695N Popko Circle West, Mercer, WI, USA, 54547 • The Gateway Lodge Bar and Restaurant - Offering some of the best dining in the Northwoods. Offering some of the best dining on the flowage, the full bar and restaurant at Gateway Lodge serves lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. till close year-round. Closed on Tuesdays. A full menu of mouth-watering starters, soups and salads, sandwiches and fine dinner entrees wait you in our comfortable rustic atmosphere. Relax by the fireplace, enjoy a game of pool, or listen to the loons in our newly remodeled screened-in porch. See ad page 64 GUIDE’S INN 715-385-2233 Hwy. M • Boulder Junction, WI, 54512 Boulder Junction. Recognized as THE BEST in fine dining in the Northwoods. Featuring more than 35 entrees, all prepared to order. Including numerous veal selections, hand cut steaks, pasta, house specialties & much more. FAMOUS for their pan-fried walleye. People visit just to dine with Chef Jimmy Dean! You’ll want to be sure The Guides Inn Supper Club is on your “must do” list. HOGAN’S GENERAL STORE 715-543-2999 5198 US Hwy 51 • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • There’s more inside Hogan’s General Store than just fine meats, fresh subs, deli and groceries. Hogan’s offers a full breakfast in our new dining area. Enjoy standards and some specialties including “Steak n’ Eggs” featuring Hogan’s Choice Rib-eye, or our popular “Brat Browns Supreme” hashbrowns perfectly grilled with onions, Hogan’s brats, cheese, with a fried egg and toast! Try our no-server, family friendly, casual dining 7 days a week or call ahead and pick-up through our convenient drive-thru window!


LAKE OF THE TORCHES EAGLE’S NEST RESTAURANT & WOODY’S BAR & GRILL 715-588-7070 510 Old Abe Road • Lac du Flambeau, WI, 54538 Satisfy your appetite at Lake of the Torches Resort Casino. The Eagle’s Nest Restaurant offers bountiful buffets, including our Breakfast Buffet complete with made to order omelets, French toast, and pancakes. And, enjoy our Surf and Turf buffets on Friday and Saturdays that includes your favorite seafood delicacies along with succulent cuts of meat. Or, order your favorite burgers, wraps and pizzas at Woody’s Bar & Grill. Open Year Round. Eagle’s Nest Hours: 7 am- 9 pm; Woody’s Grill Hours: Sun – Thurs 6 am – 2 am, Fri and Sat 24 hours. See ad page 43

PARKSIDE TAVERN 715-543-2582 5998 CTH W Manitowish Waters, WI 54547 – Rest Lake Downtown Manitowish Waters overlooking Rest Lake and the park. Come by car, boat, plane, bike or snowmobile. Contemporary American cuisine serving quality seafood & fish, hand cut steaks and many other house specialties in a casual atmosphere. Gluten Free & Vegetarian options available. EXECUTIVE CHEF, Tom uses only quality ingredients with attention to detail – it’s what he’s passionate about. Parkside Tavern is a restaurant that offers a dining experience you and your guests will long remember. Spacious bar and multiple dining rooms including our lovely screened porch. Hours; May: Open Wed - Sun, 4pm-Close. Memorial Day - Labor Day: Open 7 days a week, 4pm-Close. September & October: Open Wed - Sun, 4pm-Close. November- February: Open Thu Sat, 4pm-Close. March – April: Closed. HAPPY HOUR (Cocktails & Appetizers) Mon - Thu, 4–6pm. DINNER service starts at 5pm. Reservations are appreciated. See ad page 66 PEA PATCH SALOON 715-543-2455 6011 Cty Hwy W, Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Vance Lake • “Best Burger by a Dam Site!” Lunch/dinner served 11 am until 9 pm daily. Featuring appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, homemade chili and soup. Daily specials include “Mexican” Thursdays and Friday Fish Fry. Carry outs available. Full bar. On snowmobile trail #8 across the street from Rest Lake Park by the Rest Lake Dam. Like us on Facebook. 11 motel rooms on the Manitowish River. See ad pages 55 & 67

VOSS’ BIRCHWOOD LODGE 715-543-8441 12986 Hwy 51 Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Spider Lake • Celebrating 109 years in 2017! Excellent dining. Breakfast & dinners served in the main lodge dining room. Varied full menu. Tables set with antique glassware and fresh flowers. Drinks can be enjoyed in our spacious main lobby by the massive fireplace, or in our new lounge. Old world & gracious. Open to the public, June to October. Reservations appreciated. See ad pages 41 & 69 WHITE OAK GRILL 715-543-8111 13029 Deer Park Road • Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 • Dine in Rustic Elegance while enjoying picturesque lake views. Enjoy made from scratch small and large plates, house aged-hand cut steaks, fresh seafood dishes and our homemade desserts.  Savor our handpicked wines from our 1300 bottle cellar, classic cocktails at our vintage 1933 Art Deco bar or treat yourself to a comfy seat next to a roaring fire in the lounge. We are the perfect venue for your company party, elegant wedding or corporate retreat! See ad page 70 YE OLDE SHILLELAGH 715-543-2340 14202 Tower Road • Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 Ye Olde Shillelagh provides the area a unique experience different from any other. It is not a bar nor fine dining but an establishment that offers an Irish atmosphere from the minute your leave your car and approach our one-of-a-kind handcrafted barrel entrance. Once inside you will find an atmosphere and table fare not found anywhere in the area. Our customers will find our prices very attractive and our social venue constantly motivating. See ad page 71


LITTLE BOHEMIA LODGE 715-543-8800 5625 Hwy 51 • Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 – Star Lake • It was 80 years ago when the Dillinger Gang eluded Melvin Purvis and Hoover’s newly formed FBI in a hail of gunfire in the shootout at the Lodge. The release of the Universal Studios’ production “Public Enemies” starring Johnny Depp in 2009 documented the great chase and spectacle that was the Dillinger Gang, which formed the modern day FBI that we know today. Stop in at the Lodge to see artifacts from the Lodge’s place in history as well as the Hollywood production. Here’s your chance to observe an intense moment in American history in the unique setting known since the 30’s as “The Famous Little Bohemia Lodge.” See ad page 65

THE PINES RESTAURANT AND BEER GARDEN 715-476-2933 5234 N Hwy. 51 • Mercer, WI 54547 • The Pines has been in business for over 36 years serving some of the Northwoods finest German food. Our homemade specialties include; Schnitzel, Beef Roladen, Smoked Hamshanks, Roast Duck, Red Cabbage, Sauerkraut, Dumplings, Spetzels and more. Also serving American favorites; chicken, shrimp, pizzas, sandwiches, wraps and salads. European cakes and cookies as well as Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream and soft serve frozen custard are featured in our Ice Cream Shop. Relax outdoors in the new family friendly Beer Garden with your favorite drink or ice cream treat. Full bar and music venue outdoors. Live music every Fri., Sat. and Sun. from Memorial Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend. Check our website for band and special events listing. Mark your calendar for these Special events; Sat. July 29 – Mardi Gras-music by Copper Box, Saturday, August 26 - Oktoberfest – Fun for the whole family! See ad page 61

RUSTIC ROADHAUS 715-543-8500 5194 S. Hwy 51, Manitowish Waters, WI, 54545 • Begin your Northwoods tradition, like so many have done since 1938, at the Rustic Roadhaus on Hwy. 51. The Rustic welcomes you to Manitowish Waters with awesome fish fries and a creative lunch and dinner menu. Best Pizzas in the Northwoods. Take a break from the snowmobile trails to watch the Packer Games. Stop by for a cocktail or your own private party on the outdoor patio. Drop in to listen to live music. Call us for daily specials and for directions to good times! SMOKEY’S 715-543-2220 6410 County Hwy W • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • The nicest little supper club in the Northwoods! Our casually elegant setting makes for a fine dining experience you’ll long remember. Indulge in steaks, chops, seafood and house specialties accompanied by our premier selection of spirits and wines. Open year round at 4:30, Smokey’s is the place to go for an intimate dinner for two or a gathering of family and friends. See ad page 68 715-476-0122


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Legendary lakes, legendary eats


our travels have taken you this far; now gathered around the evening campfire with family, you watch the sparks dance skyward, chuckle as the kids fill cheeks with roasted marshmallows like the resident chipmunks, and hear an adult voice then ring out: “Where are we going to eat out tomorrow?” Ah, consider the possibilities! As a veteran visitor to Manitowish Waters, you know this community is not only home of the Legendary 10 Lake Chain, but also home to a good number of fine restaurants and eateries. You sit back confident that the local cuisine will reward them with pleasurable and predictable experiences that will have them sighing with satisfaction after the last knife, fork, and spoon is put down.


This is the Northwoods, so hearty food is on the menu. The classic Friday night fish fry, the sizzlin’ steaks, bar burgers piled high with onions and crispy fries on the side dish, of course. There’s more to life, and there’s more to our menus that make your guests wonder if they have been magically taken to a world-renowned Chicago or New York restaurant. Our chefs bring you their best, whether it’s Catfish En Papillote or slow roast prime rib, along with homemade desserts such as Crème Brulee. Fine wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails complement the dining experience.

Celebrating 36 years in business

*Family Friendly Outdoor Music Venue *Outdoor Bar & Dining *Specializing in Homemade German Cuisine *Homemade Pizzas & Sandwiches *Frozen Custard & Premium Ice Cream

Careful attention by the servers ensures fast service. At evening’s end, when one gives a friendly wave and says, “Goodnight, folks!”, you know you’ll be back. For breakfast, lunch and dinner! A footnote: We have more than 10 lakes, of course. Dozens and dozens more. So it’s quite possible to travel by boat to some of our restaurants and taverns. Snowmobile trails and frozen lakes up the travel possibilities in winter. In addition to those lakes and great swaths of forests, our excellent roads make it easy to get around by car, truck or motorcycle. Bon appétit!


Come for the Coffee, Stay for the View.

OPEN DAILY 715-543-2353

6085 County Highway W • Manitowish Waters, WI

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Off Hwy 51 & Twin Pines Rd. 5325 Aberdeen Lodge Circle Manitowish Waters, Wi



Waterfront Dining...The Way It’s Meant To Be

Waterfront Dining with Sunset Views Private Screened In Porch Lodge Atmosphere Sports Bar 62

Nightly Dinner Specials Fish Fry Everyday Open Thur-Mon Year Round Ideal for Large Groups & Gatherings





4695 Popko Circle West Mercer WI 54547

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Wisconsin Tradition Cheese Curds ............7.95 Pickle Slabs...............................5.95 Flowage Wings..........................8.95 Shrimp .......................................9.95 Clams ........................................9.95 Gateway Fries ...........................5.95 Flowage Scampi .......................9.95 Fiesta Jalapeno Poppers ..........7.95 Onion Rings ..............................6.95 Deep Fried Mushrooms ............7.95 Flowage Fingerlings ..................9.95 Crab Cakes ...............................9.95 Flowage Escargot .....................8.95 Appetizer Platter......................12.95 1lb. Chicken Livers ....................5.95


Served with fries, or substitute onion rings for 1.00 Add salad bar (when available) for 4.95

The Loonatic* .................... 13.95 Prime Rib .......................... 12.95 Steak Sandwich* ............... 12.95 Jumbo Pork Tenderloin ..... 12.95 Chicken Breast .................... 8.95 Fish Sandwich ..................... 8.95 Pulled Pork .......................... 7.95 Northwoods Italian .............. 9.95 Chicken Strips ..................... 8.95 Italian Beef .......................... 9.95 Walleye.............................. 12.95


Served with choice of soup, side salad or salad bar (when available), and your choice of wild rice blend, french fries, boston browns, baked potato, garlic mashed potatoes or sweet potato drizzled with our specialty sauce.

Shrimp Feast ........................... 18.95 Canadian Walleye ................... 21.95 Jumbo Prawns ........................ 21.95 baconwrapped ..................... 3.00 Cold Water Scallops................ 23.95 baconwrapped ..................... 3.00 Grilled Salmon......................... 18.95 Ahi Tuna Steak ........................ 16.95 Atlantic Cod Filet ..................... 14.95 chipotle style ........................ 3.00 Flowage Scampi ..................... 18.95

Specialties Lamb Chops* .....................32.95 Pork Ribeye........................17.95 Iowa Chops* .......................15.95 Gateway’s Famous Northwoods Ribs 2 pound .........................23.95 1 Pound .........................17.95 Half Chicken .......................12.95

Salads Gateway Greens .......................9.95 Hot Bacon & Spinach ................6.95 ..................................8.95 Salad Bar ..................................

Homemade Soup Soup of the day ...............................4.25 Bowl ............................... ................................3.25 Cup ................................ Baked French Onion .................7.95 Bowl................................4.95 Chili Bowl................................ .................................3.95 Cup .................................

Gateway Steaks Top 10 Ounce Sirloin* ..............17.95 Northwoods Ribeye* 20 ounce .............................26.95 12 Ounce.............................20.95 Filet Mignon* ............................27.95 New York Strip* 24 ounce .............................28.95 12 Ounce.............................19.95 Gateway Grizzly Challenge* ....69.95


Kids menu ............................ ............................$5.95

Deluxe Pizza

12” .........12.95 16” .........21.95 Italian Beef Pizza 12” .........13.95 16” .........22.95 Gateway Special 12” .........13.95 16” .........21.95 Buffalo Chicken Pizza 12” .........12.95 16” .........21.95 Build Your Own Pie 12” ...........8.95 16” .........14.95

*Whether dining out or preparing food at home, consuming undercooked or raw meats, eggs, shellfish or fish may increase your chance of foodborne illness.


1/2lb fresh beef (never frozen)


Make any burger a double for 3.00

Mushroom & Swiss* ............. 9.95 Chipotle Burger* ................... 9.95 Black & Blue ......................... 9.95 Cheesy Bacon Burger ........10.95 Gateway Burger ................... 8.95


Taste of Italy ............................ 10.95 Tortellini ................................... 12.95 Manicotti .................................. 16.95 Chicken Parmesan.................. 15.95 Tortellacci ................................ 14.95 Vegetarian Pasta ..................... 10.95 Caribbean Jerk Spaghetti ....... 11.95 Add chicken .......................... 4.00 Add shrimp ........................... 7.00

Prices & menu subject to change

Triple Chocolate Cake Bananas Foster Ice Cream Cake Key Lime Pie Carrot Cake

Ice Cream Drinks Grasshopper Brandy Alexander The Gateway Hummer

Cabin and house rentals, Bait and tackle shop, boat rentals.





Entrees range from $8.95 to $29.95

Chops & Steaks Baby Back Ribs Canadian Walleye Coconut Shrimp

WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY: Fish Fry • Poorman’s • Perch SATURDAY: Prime Rib Slow Roasted Duck (Caraway, Orange, Cranberry) Specialty Salads





SPECIALS Broasted Chicken Old World Pork Shank Bohemian Pavos Burgers & More

OPEN YEAR ROUND Dinner served nightly 5:00 to 10:00 • Breakfast and Lunch - Days and Hours vary by Season Open Holidays • Available for Banquets, Private Parties and Weddings



Hwy 51 • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • Reservations Encouraged

715-543-8800 • Search for Little Bohemia Lodge on Facebook


t was 81 years ago when the Dillinger Gang eluded Melvin Purvis and Hoover’s newly formed FBI in a hail of gunfire at the shootout at the Lodge. The release of the Hollywood production “Public Enemies” in 2009 documented the great chase and spectacle that was the Dillinger Gang and which formed the modern day FBI that

Historic Main Bar

Bullethole Dining Room

we know today. Please stop in at the Lodge to see artifacts from the Lodge’s place in history as well as the Hollywood production. Here’s your chance to observe an intense moment in American history in the unique setting known since the ‘30’s as Little Bohemia Lodge.

Porch Dining Room

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Downtown Manitowish Waters overlooking Rest Lake & Koller Park 5998 COUNTY HIGHWAY W

715-543-2582 • Cozy, Comfortable Yet Classy

NIGHTLY LS SPECIA r u Mon - Th $13.00



Sicilian Eggplant Fritters Wisconsin Brat Bites Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms Bruschetta Texan Style Torpedoes Crab Cakes Shrimp Cocktail Deep Fried Avocado Wedges Meatballs


Parkside Salad Classic Caesar Roasted Beet Salad


Mon-Thurs: Nightly Specials ($13.00) Sat-Sun: Chef Specials Friday Fish Fry



Chicken Marsala Canadian Walleye Seafood St. Thomas Salmon Wellington St. Thomas Fettuccine Stuffed Chicken Breast Chicken Florentine Chicken/Veal Piccata Chef ’s Choice – Tenderloin Ribeye Steak Veal Parmesan Veal Hunter Style Baby Rack of Lamb Deluxe Ground Burger à la carte


All homemade with fresh ingredients


EXECUTIVE CHEF TOM in DOWNTOWN MANITOWISH WATERS Contemporary American Cuisine – Serving quality seafood, hand cut steaks and many other house specialties in a casual atmosphere. Visit us by car, boat, plane, or bike. PRIVATE PARTIES, please contact us for details. RESERVATIONS APPRECIATED.



from our beautiful outdoor patio HAPPY HOUR: 4pm – 6pm (Monday - Thursday)

Enjoy Our Outdoor Patio


FALL & WINTER Seasonal Days & Hours Apply L I K E U S O N FA C E B O O K

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Nestled amidst the pines of the Wisconsin Northwoods, Smokey’s offers a relaxed, welcoming setting to enjoy fine dining and a premier selection of spirits and wines. Choose Smokey’s for that intimate dinner for two, a congenial gathering of friends and family or for unwinding in our comfortable bar. It will be an experience you’ll long remember.

APPETIZERS Shrimp Cocktail Crab Cakes Beef Tenderloin Flatbread Bacon-Wrapped Scallops Bruschetta

SMOKEY’S EXCLUSIVE Kobe Beef Burger Tuna Sandwich Chicken Saltimbocca


Complement your dinner with a f ine wine from Smokey’s wine cellar.

Mixed Grill Salad Chicken Breast Platter Smokey’s Salad

Special children’s menu available.



Tenderloin Oscar Salmon Oscar Bourbon Steak Chicken Milanaise

PASTA Fettuccini D’la Mare Chicken Scarpelli Mushroom Asiago Chicken Three Cheese Lobster Mac


House Specials, Entrees and Seafood include: fresh bread, soup or house salad AND choice of a side: french fried potatoes, baked potato, vegetable medley or Chef’s nightly special.

715-543-2220 Reservations appreciated. OPEN YEAR ROUND! CORNER OF HWY W & HWY K MANITOWISH WATERS, WI

ENTREES Filet Mignon New York Strip Ribeye Rack of Lamb Smoked Ribs Berkshire Pork Chop Slow Roast Prime Rib (Fri. & Sat. only)

SEAFOOD Crab Cakes Canadian Walleye Salmon Fillet Shrimp Scallops Halibut

DESSERTS Chef’s Nightly Homemade Desserts: Bread Pudding Cheesecake Creme Brulee Fudge Brownie à la Mode Pecan Delite Ice Cream Caramel Crunch

Other Taste Tempting Desserts: Schaum Torte Flourless Chocolate Cake

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Located within the luxurious Chippewa Retreat Resort and styled by Lakeside Living Design

Reservations Are Appreciated. No Matter What Time of Year.

Enjoy made from scratch appetizers, small and large plates, and the most delicious desserts.

Savor our handpicked wines from our 1300 bottle cellar, classic cocktails, and craft beer.

13029 Deer Park Road, Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • 715.543.8111



Soups, Stews and Salads

Open Daily at 11 a.m.

Guinness Irish Stew Lamb Meat, Baby Carrots, Baby Red Potatoes, Guinness Broth, Onions, Garlic and Other Spices. Served with a slice of Irish Soda Bread.

Homemade Soups Soup of the day Chili Irish Baked Onion Soup


Side Salad Grilled or Crispy Chicken Salad


Always Fresh, Never Frozen! Build them the way you like or try ours! Hamburger Cheeseburger Mushroom and Swiss Burger Pizza Burger ic s u Black and Bleu Burger Live M y a und Sour Cream & Olive Every S pt e S y Bacon Cheeseburger a M in Jalapeño & Pepper Jack g Music followin ark Shillelagh Burger e th P


Reuben Corned Beef and Swiss Crispy or Grilled Chicken Sandwich Hot Ham and Cheese B.L.T. BBQ Pulled Pork Tuna Melt on Marble Rye Irish Dip Patti Melt on Marble Rye

Shepherd’s Pie

An Irish Favorite! Made with a Beef and Pork Blend, Onions, Peas and Carrots, topped with Mashed Potatoes and Bacon and Baked to a golden Brown. Served with a slice of Irish Soda Bread

Fall off the Bone BBQ Ribs Fresh Homemade Pizzas

Available everyday ‘till the bar closes! Made with Our Homemade Pizza Sauce! Available in 12” or 16”


French Fries Black & Tan Onion Rings Homemade Chips Cheese Curds (White Cheddar) Reuben Bites Mac-N-Cheese Bites Jalapeno Poppers Chicken Tenders Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Mozzarella Sticks Mini Corn Dogs Chicken Wings Breaded Mushrooms Potato Skins

Nightly Specials

Sunday - Bacon Topped Meatloaf Dinner Monday - Always Different, Always Delicious. Tuesday - Liver, Bacon and Onions Dinner Wednesday & Friday - Irish Beer Battered Fish Fry or Baked Haddock Fry or Baked Walleye Thursday - Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner Saturday - Prime Rib

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Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce 5733 Airport Rd P.O. Box 251 Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 1-715-543-8488

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Making New Memories Spending time at Mill Point Resort is not just about vacationing. We believe it’s about reconnecting - about families making new memories together. • 6 Modern 3-Bed/2-Bath Cottages on Beautiful Alder Lake • Complimentary bikes, rowboats, canoes, kayaks and SUPs available.

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