2023 Presque Isle Visitor Guide

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Discover Presque Isle

At the top of Wisconsin, you’ll find a place where wilderness is alive and flourishing. Water draws people to picturesque Presque Isle, whose name in French means “Almost An Island.”

Enjoy abundant natural resources with contemplative endeavors such as hiking, birding, and photography, or faster-paced activities like boating, biking, and snowmobiling. Our diverse trails and pathways, water and waterfalls, and glacial hills and forests provide outdoor enthusiasts with plenty to do all year long.

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Cover photo Courtesy of Bruce Nelson Photography

s Last Wilderness ¬

Presque Isle, a place in Wisconsin’s famed Northwoods, is a vast swath of forest and glacial lake country that deserves to be named Wisconsin’s Last Wilderness. It is the location of a quaint town in the famous lake country of Vilas County, offering 77 square miles of pine and hardwood forests, lakes and streams; a four season vacation land that only just begins to tell the story. It is immediately adjacent to Michigan’s sprawling Ottawa National Forest and Wisconsin’s 200,000 plus acres of Northern Highland State Forest - offering hundreds of lakes and countless miles of scenic Northwoods back roads.

Lake Superior, the Porcupine Mountains, canoe country of the Sylvania Wilderness Tract are a short drive away. Presque Isle is in the center of Wisconsin’s famed Lakeland area. Arts and crafts shops, family fun theme attractions, historical museums and wildlife exhibits are minutes away. Golfing, tennis and horseback riding facilities add to your choices.

The top attraction, however, is the natural splendor of Northwoods forests and clear pristine lakes that offer a world of relaxation for all, from the contemplative sportshiking, photography, canoeing, kayaking, bicycling - to the world of casual or serious trophy fishing, boating and waterskiing. Our glacial hills and clear waters will make you an enthusiastic “discoverer” of Wisconsin’s Last Wilderness. Wildlife abounds - eagles, loons, songbirds to whitetail deer grazing along the roadsides. If you’re lucky, you might see a black bear lumbering along.

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Village History

What is in a name?

Nearly 300 years ago, shipwrecked French priests on the shores of Lake Superior made their way down a river to an area they christened “Presque Isle,” or “Almost an Island,” because of the vast stretches of lakes and rivers that dwarfed the land.

The advent of the logging era brought development in the early 1900’s. In 1905, Presque Isle was known as Fosterville, after one J.J. Foster who built and operated a large saw mill.

William S. Winegar bought the mill in 1910 and the fledgling community was renamed “Winegar.” When the mill closed in 1933, the great “Lumber Baron” era came to an end. Today the mill ponds are visible from the village and make up our flagship park: Pipke Park.

In l955, the village name was changed once again. Reflecting the wisdom and farsightedness of early French missionary priests, we finally became... “Presque Isle” – Almost an Island. A visit to the Heritage Society Museum in downtown Presque Isle will take you back to these simpler times.

In recognition of Presque Isle’s rich history and logging era heritage, the Town of Presque Isle adopted a new lumberjack logo that also retains the “Wisconsin’s Last Wilderness” moniker as an honor to the natural assets we are blessed with. The Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Presque Isle Days in mid-summer, with highlights including old-time games for kids and adults, plenty of food and Wisconsin brews.

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Events Calendar

Winter Fest - Ice Fishing Jamboree

February 25, 2023, 9 am – 3 pm, Lynx Lake

Ice fishing on Lynx Lake will start at 9am and kids games and fun for the whole family will begin at 11am, live music at 1pm. There will be a tent for you to warm up in and enjoy. Food and beverages will be available. The awards ceremony will be held at 3 pm with the announcement of the ice fishing winners.

Walleye Tournament

May 19, 20, & 21, 2023, Presque Isle Lakes

31st Annual! Catch and release tournament on Presque Isle and Winchester Lakes with photo submissions, followed by awards ceremony and door prize giveaways at 11:30am Sunday. Fish fry luncheon to follow is free for all registered participants.

Presque Isle Days

Sunday June 25, 2023, 9 – 3 pm, Downtown Presque Isle

Free entry to our town’s vendor fair and community event. Featuring children’s games, food, beverages, live music and more.

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Tunes on the Water, First Fridays

July 7, August 4, September 1, 2023, 5 – 7 pm, Pipke Park

Relax and enjoy live music outdoors at Pipke Park. Bring a blanket, lawn chair or grab a spot on the lakeside picnic tables. You can also listen to the tunes across the water!

Halloween Spooktacular

October 31, 2023, 5 pm – 8 pm, Pipke Park

All outdoor event. Trunk or Treat around the pond and walk the Haunted Trail. Food and drink provided by St. Rita’s Church.

Kids Fishing Days

July 13, 27 and August 10, 2023, 10 am – 1 pm

Join us on Wednesday morning for fishing at Lynx Lake Resort. Fisher-mentors are on hand to help; bait provided! Lunch plus prizes too! Sponsored in partnership with the Presque Isle Lions, and Karsyn’s Korner/Do It Best Hardware.

Farm Fresh Friday Market

Starting in June – September 2023, 8 am – 2 pm

Featuring Gene’s famous farm fresh produce, bakery, honey, cheese, grass fed meats / poultry, smoked fish, local eggs, and other finds and handcrafted locally made items from the Northwoods.

Old Time Christmas

December 8, 2023, 5 – 8 pm

FREE! Join us at Pipke Park for horse-drawn sleigh rides along our snow-covered lake paths, bonfire, and hot drinks. Plus, sledding, ice-skating, and A SPECIAL VISIT WITH SANTA. Hosted in partnership with the Presque Isle Lions and Presque Isle/ Winchester Sno-Bunnies.

Winegar Riders UTV/ATV Club 2023 Events

June 3rd - Pork-n-ride at American Legion

June 17th , July 15th and August 12th - Winegar Riders ride. Meet at the Fire Station in PI.

September 16th - Color Ride at the American Legion.

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Featured Events

Sponsored by the American Legion

Healing Patriots Parade

Saturday May 20, 2023

Help us honor a special group of First Responders, Military, Firemen and more who have sacrificed and served in lifesaving, life-changing, and meaningful ways. The Healing Patriots program brings up honorees to the Northwoods to enjoy a weekend fishing on Presque Isle waters. The program and parade are generously supported by the American Legion Post 480, in addition to area fishing guides and numerous businesses. Check time for the parade. Dinner and ceremony to follow.

Memorial Day Services

Sunday July 2, 2023

4th of July Celebration

Live music, food, drinks and games at 8 pm, followed by a fireworks display at dusk. Fireworks are let off over the water. Watch from your chair or park along the water’s edge. It is the best place in town to watch them.

Annual Community Corn Roast

August 19, 2023

Some of the best sweet corn comes about at this time of year. Stop by to enjoy some with the family! Sponsored by the Winegar American Legion Post 480.

May 29, 2023

Cemetery presentation starting at Winchester Cemetery then to Presque Isle Cemetery and then Veterans Memorial Flame on Hwy. W. Luncheon to follow. Please check starting time.



The Winegar American Legion Post 480 sponsors Bingo every Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Bar opens at 4 pm. Bingo is at 6 pm – 8:30 pm.

Lobster Dinner

Hosted at the American Legion building on Highway W, just West of Presque Isle. This fun and delicious event for the whole family started as a birthday celebration for one of the Lions and has grown into one of the most popular dinners in the Northwoods. Featuring live lobsters flown in from Maine and freshly cooked to order, plus other menu options. The evening is filled with a festive atmosphere and provides a terrific social event. Funds raised go towards vital Lions programs that support our community. In addition, numerous gift baskets and other fun items will be raffled off. There will also be a 50/50 cash raffle that evening. More info PILionsClub.org

Featured Events

Sponsored by the Fire Department

Fireman’s Picnic & Parade

Saturday August 5, 5 – 9 pm

The Presque Isle Fire/EMS hosts their annual picnic, parade, and fundraiser with raffles, auction items, food and drinks, and live music. All businesses and area organizations are invited and encouraged to enter a float.

10/08 – 10/14, 2023

Fire prevention week – Fire won’t wait, plan your escape.

5/21 – 5/27, 2023

National EMS week – Save a life, learn CPR

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Area Parks & Trails


The paved trail starts at the Presque Isle Community Center where you can park in the parking lot, visit the library, gardens, Shanty Boy Cemetery, and other trails including the Presque Isle Nature Trail. Follow Main Street to the intersection of County Roads B & W. On County Road W follow the bike trail crossings and signs on the pavement. Enjoy a loop around the South Pond of Pipke Park. Follow quiet roads through the woods and bike lanes on the side of the county highway. One 4.25 mile trail route ends at Wilderness Park and Presque Isle Lake, a great picnic area to enjoy. Another 10.5 mile trail route continues along Old Hwy W and ends at the Birch Lake boat landing in Winchester.


Located 2 miles East of Presque Isle. From the intersection of Hwys B & W take Hwy B to East Bay Road (turn north on East Bay Road). The 2,189-acre nature preserve includes 15 lakes and ponds with 36,000 feet of undeveloped shoreline. It is open to the public from sunrise to sunset for hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, bird watching and other low impact recreational activities. Dogs must be on a leash from April 1 to August 1 to protect ground-nesting birds. Contact the Nature Conservancy at 715-682-5789 or visit our web page at www. presqueisle.com for more information.


At this 971-acre preserve, you can hike through 500 acres of old growth forest and explore nearly four miles of undeveloped shoreline on the pristine waters of Tenderfoot, Roach and Mirror lakes. Access to preserve is by water.


A new addition to the trail system is the trail through the Heritage Apple Orchard. Over 80 trees make up the natural grown heritage orchard. It is not unusual to see deer on the path and visitors love to try the different apples.



Exploring the region’s natural, cultural & historic resources. The Discovery Center is a designation and resource for lifelong learning and outdoor recreation. Our active and engaging site within the NHAL State Forest enables us to provide creative and cutting edge programs for a diverse audience. We empower all in mindful stewardship based on a strong nature ethic and are dedicated to providing meaningful connections among nature, people and community through quality programs and adventures for a lifetime of learning. Scheduled programs, drop in hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, geocaching and more. More information is online at www.discoverycenter.net.


On the grounds of North Lakeland School, at the corner of County Highways P & K, you will find a beginner friendly, classical/skate groomed ski trail that loops 6 miles through a variety of towering evergreens and hardwoods. These trails are also open for hiking during the rest of the year. The winter entrance is located by driving from the intersection of County Hwy K and Papoose Lake Road (west of the school). Drive north on Papoose Lake Road approximately 1 mile to a parking area. The trailhead can also be accessed from the north side of the school’s football field. Amenities include a heated Chalet with water, comfortable seating, changing and restroom.

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This beautiful walking/ birding area near town encircles two ponds. These ponds were used in the logging era to float logs and most recently as a walleye rearing facility. The trail begins near 11662 County Road W. Drive in and left to the parking area, where you will find a new pavilion with rest rooms and picnic area, available both summer and winter. From the parking area you can walk around the pond passing the children’s fishing pier, exercise stations, wildflowers and wildlife. In winter, the heated pavilion will be available for skiers, snowshoers and skaters. An area near the pavilion will be cleared for skating. You can also enjoy this trail as part of the Presque Isle/ Winchester Bike Route.


The flagship of our park system can be found at the Community Center/ Library. Shanty Boy Hill Cemetery and the Heritage Cottage Museum are also located within the 53 acre Presque Isle Community Park. Nature trails, beautiful perennial gardens, baseball diamonds, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits and playground equipment are here for your enjoyment. Adjacent to the playground are pit rest rooms meeting ADA requirements. Two shelters are available, one between the ball diamonds serving concessions during games and the other an open log pavilion available for large parties or simply eating your lunch. Grills and picnic tables are available.


All trails in this segment are beginner to intermediate level. The primary indicator of difficulty is the length of the trail. Parking at the Presque Isle Community Building.


You will want to walk the Nature trail system behind the Community Center on top of the hill in Presque Isle. The Nature Trail loop is handicapped accessible with a lake overlook, a footbridge and views through maples and ferns. You will also find signs to identify some native plants. Another trail in the system winds through the woods to the Shanty Boy Cemetery, a burial and memorial place for loggers of long ago. Parking and restrooms available at the Presque Isle Community Park.


This historic cemetery, located northwest of the Presque Isle Community Center behind the baseball diamond, is maintained as a memorial to the men who risked their lives logging the northwoods, the “Shanty Boys”. Many were buried with only a first name or no name at all.


While keeping “Wisconsin’s Last Wilderness” in mind Presque Isle has created several charming parks within the community. Established in 1988, Sensenbrenner Park is located on Main Street. The highlight of this park is Little Horsehead Lake Dam. Also available is playground equipment for little ones, a fishing pier and a pavilion with a grill and a canoe launch.


Wilderness Park is on Presque Isle Lake and accessed from Bay View Road, off Highway W. This park includes a boat launch, picnic area with tables, grills and water. Pit rest room facilities on site meet ADA requirements.


A new destination for winter silent sports: classic skiing, skate skiing, fat biking, and excellent snowshoeing. This 1,300-acre mix of public and private property is a silent sports mecca - with development and growth still in the works. The site features a plethora of trails with 8 miles of classic and skate ski trails and 5 miles of nice wide trails maintained as groomed snowshoe trails. The groomed trails are conducive to larger groups, snowshoeing side by side, and to snowshoe running by yourself or with a group. The rolling topography and unique ecology make this a blast to recreate in and enjoy nature, and the site has proven attractive to wildlife with unique sightings such as moose and badger. The main trailhead is at the intersection of Hwys W and J #6870 County Highway W in Winchester, WI.


This recently developed trail system gives visitors the opportunity to explore and experience what was once abundant in Wisconsin; an old growth hemlock forest. The site’s 400 acres and mile and a half of undeveloped shoreline represent a rare remnant of this uniquely historic forest system. Walk along undisturbed cedar swamps, bog lakes, climb scenic eskers, and take in the richness of the plant and animal life that abounds in this special place. From the intersection of Highways B and W, go east 0.4 miles and turn right on Crab Lake Road.For the East Trailhead, go 3.8 miles to East Van Vliet Road, turn right and go 1¼ miles to the large sign at the parking area. For the West Trailhead, go 5.3 miles to West Van Vliet Road, turn right and go 1.4 miles to trail sign located on the left.

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The Great Outdoors

WINTERS are wonderfully long in Presque Isle due to its proximity to Lake Superior and receiving “lake effect” snow. Because of this, its snow-covered winters begin early and end late. With Presque Isle at the hub of a major snowmobile system, a visitor can spend a week and ride a different trail each day. The breathtaking beauty will leave you in awe as you travel the area’s nearly 500 miles of groomed trails winding through rambling forests and over hilly country. These trails frequently lead you to woodland rivers where the flowing water remains open throughout most of the winter. Small bridges breach the snow-covered banks, lending access to other beautiful portions of the Presque Isle vacationland. The local Sno-Bunnies Snowmobile Club does an excellent job of keeping the trails groomed, marked and maintained with their 2007 Tucker Terra and new Tractor with a Sorcy Track System. Snowmobile enthusiasts agree, Wisconsin’s Last Wilderness provides endless riding opportunities with something to please every snowmobiler.

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Presque Isle/Winchester snowmobile club located in Northwest Vilas County, WI. snobunnies.com

Map of Presque Isle Area

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The Natural Beauty of Wisconsin , s Last Wilderness

This is everywhere to be appreciated and enjoyed every season of the year, and with Presque Isle’s proximity to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the options to explore nature’s beauty are endless. Enormous Lake Superior, famed Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and many outstanding waterfalls are just a short drive away. To reach the Black River Parkway Falls, go north on M-64 or Hwy O to Hwy 2, then west to Bessemer. In Bessemer, turn north on County 513. Follow signs to Copper Peak and Black River Harbor. After passing Copper Peak look for signs to falls. Falls will be on the right. Two beautiful falls near Watersmeet are

Bond Falls and Agate Falls. For Bond Falls, take Hwy 45 to the town of Paulding. Go 2.5 miles east on Bond Falls Road. Agate Falls can be reached by taking Hwy 45 from Watersmeet to Old 45 one mile. Stop at Bluff Creek and walk creek on south and west side.

Numerous other waterfalls are waiting to be enjoyed, including nearly 90 in Porcupine Mountains State Park. Please see the Chamber for more information.

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Area Fishing & Lakes

Presque Isle offers a perfect blend of fishing opportunities and warm hospitality for anglers looking to wet a line in a pristine wilderness lake or a pebble-filled stream.

Presque Isle is surrounded by more than 1,000 lakes – many truly undeveloped -- harboring good numbers of walleye, musky, smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, crappie and other panfish. Add to that are more than 70 rivers and streams – many classified as prime trout habitat! -- that flow through Vilas County.

Next door to us is Michigan, offering even more lakes and flowing water to explore. With an amazing diversity of waters, you are assured to find a destination to match your interest and skill level.

If you have little ones, take them to Sensenbrenner Park in downtown Presque Isle to fish from the shore of Little Horsehead Lake. Another shoreline gem is an unnamed lake, with parking and a pier, located off Hwy. B towards Boulder Junction. Call the chamber office for details on how to hit this sweet little hotspot!

Come hard water, discover why many anglers have a love for ice fishing! Nothing will get the adrenaline surging as much as when someone yells “Flag!”

You’ll find comfortable lodging at any of our resorts, lodges and rental cabins. New to fishing, or new to a lake? Our fishing guides have a vast wealth of knowledge and experience to share, making your fishing adventure enjoyable and easy!

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Hunting in Presque Isle

When considering the thousands of acres of prime hunting grounds surrounding Presque Isle, it is difficult to envision a more ideal place to base your trip. We are sandwiched between the Ottawa National Forest with one million acres of public land to the North, and the Northern Highland State Forest with 250,000 acres of public lands in the other directions. In addition, paper company land, managed forest cropland, and other large tracts provide enthusiasts with many more acres to explore

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Lake Superior:


Black River Harbor:

Visit the world’s largest freshwater lake by surface area with a short day trip to the Upper Peninsula. You can reach the lake in less than an hour, and it’s well worth the drive! Head straight to the Lake, or make plans to hike or visit waterfalls along the way.

A wonderful destination... with waterfalls, scenic hiking trails, a park and picnic area, picturesque setting with a swinging bridge overlooking the river’s entrance into the Lake, and idyllic beaches and cool, refreshing water certain to awaken your senses. Picnic and catch the setting sun.


Just over the border, you begin to get a sense of a different landscape where flowing water dominates. People head north for a change of scenery from the Northwoods intimate lake settings to experience waterfalls, rocky trails, and the big lake.


Gateway Golf Club, Land O’ Lakes, 29 miles

Boulder Creek Golf Course, Bessemer, 34 miles

Gogebic Country Club, Ironwood, 34 miles

Plum Lake Golf Club, Sayner, 29 miles

St. Germain Golf Club, St. Germain, 35 miles

Trout Lake Golf Course, Arbor Vitae, 24 miles

Ski the Midwest,s premier hills:

Black River Basin, Western U.P., 26 miles

Big Powderhorn Mountain, Western U.P., 33 miles

Jackson Creek Summit, Western U.P., 26 miles

Porcupine Mountains, Ontonagon, 55 miles

Ski Brule, Iron River, 60 miles

Whitecap Mountains, N. Wisconsin, 51 miles

Bond Falls:

Bond Falls Scenic Site features one of the most picturesque falls in the Midwest. Explore the cascading falls along 600 feet of accessible boardwalk with six viewing locations and three viewing platforms. An hour drive through the Ottawa National Forest… Travel Hwy. 64 N to Hwy. 2 East for 27 miles. Turn left on Hwy 45 for 15 miles. Turn left on Shively Road to your destination.

Rice Lake Natural Area:

This incredibly rich ecological site is a two mile stretch of creek surrounded by a large wetland complex. The slow, warm-water creek has extensive beds of aquatic macrophytes including dense stands of wild rice. The birds flock to this protected, quiet area making for a peaceful paddle located in between the waters of Round and Big Lake. DNR.WI.Gov Guido-Rahr, Sr.

Tenderfoot Forest Reserve:

Hike 500 acres of old growth forest and paddle four miles of undeveloped shoreline. This site houses 400-year old white pines, spring-fed ponds, and wild lakes and streams. Access to the Nature Conservancy’s Tenderfoot hiking is by water from the Palmer Lake boat landing, located in-between Presque Isle and Land O’ Lakes. Distance is 3 miles one way. Maps available at the Chamber.

Wolf Mountain Overlook:

Drive north into the Ottawa National Forest to find a short but relatively steep wilderness trail through lush northern hardwood. The lookout has multiple spots to enjoy the view. Drive Hwy. 2 west from Marenisco until you reach FS Road 9300, approximately five miles. Turn right and travel the forest road for three miles to reach the hiking sign and parking lot on the right-hand side.

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Things To Do


Take your pick... from intimate river paddles to lake paddles. Choose your boat... kayak, canoe, paddleboard, or pedal paddleboard. Our name in French means “Almost An Island” which means water everywhere! Stop by the Chamber office for a copy of our new Canoe Trails map, which identifies a dozen trips, from two to six hours in length and at varying degrees of difficulty.


Northern Wisconsin is fast becoming a biking mecca due to its diverse trails, scenic routes, and friendly hospitality.

• Border Trails System: Cyclists will find 100 miles of paved backroad trails that provide exceptional scenery and sense of quiet. Located along the Wisconsin border, the system runs into Michigan through some of the most beautiful, rolling lake country the region has to offer. Parking available at the Presque Isle Community Center.

• Heart of Vilas County: Choose from 60 miles of connected trails in Vilas and Iron Counties. The trail is fully paved, primarily off-road and appropriate for all types of bicycles. Stopover spots along the way include ice cream parlors, beaches, scenic bridges and picnic tables.

• Presque Isle Road Trail: Start in downtown Presque Isle and follow the road route and easy off-road sections as you loop around ponds, take in quiet back roads, and enjoy a nice out and back ride, with areas to stop and enjoy a swim or picnic.


The region offers hundreds of miles of trails meandering through vast stretches of pine and hardwood forests, and around numerous lakes. We are blessed by the Lake Superior Snowbelt and see more snow than most other Wisconsin locations. Ride to a new Vilas County or Upper Peninsula destination every day of the week to experience fantastic scenery, hospitable restaurants and taverns, and cozy lodges. Our Sno-Bunnies do a superb job grooming, with frequent endorsements as “the best trails in the region.” MidwestSnowmobiling.com


Presque Isle, a Wisconsin Bird City, is a great location for backyard birds as well as those in woods and waters habitats. Join an informed, fun group in the Discovery Center Bird Club. They plan weekly and seasonal outings, and visit Presque Isle’s Pipke Park, Van Vliet Hemlocks, and Catherine Wolter Wilderness Area; and kayak the Presque Isle River and Rice Creek Natural Area. DiscoveryCenter.net


Did you know our town was once named “Winegar”? We have combined technology with historical facts, introducing visitors to the treasure hunt known as “Geocaching”. This activity allows people to get outside and enjoy nature while utilizing e-devices. This spring, a series of geocaches will be placed throughout the township; highlighting some of the people, places, and events that helped shape our village, from the logging days of the 20’s, through the tourist boom of the 60’s, and beyond. Geocaching.com.

Mountain Biking:

The WinMan Trails are a network of silent sport trails in neighboring Winchester. Spanning 1300 acres of private land and public Northern Highlands State Forest recreation land, over 5 miles of purpose-built single track trails and terrain offer excellent opportunities for mountain biking and fat biking. A new chalet, instructional and social activities, and a top-notch trail system that caters to beginners and experienced riders make this a destination not to be missed. WinmanTrails.com

Star Gazing:

Dark skies are essential for getting clear views of the night sky, the Milky Way and even the aurora borealis (aka northern lights). Known as “Wisconsin’s Last Wilderness,” Presque Isle has few streetlights and quiet, spreadout homes and resorts, ideal for night sky viewing. Much of the sky’s treasures are visible with the naked eye, or bring a set of binoculars or your telescope for enhanced viewing.

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Business Directory



715-686-2313 • VisitCedarBay.com

11140 Oxbow Road, Presque Isle, WI

Four cabins offering a quiet setting to enjoy fishing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding. Class A Musky Lake has 500 acres of natural shoreline, eight islands and plenty of structure. Facebook

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715-543-2024 • LodgeMW.com

13859 ILG Road, Manitowish Waters, WI

Your four season Northwoods retreat. The Lodge’s serene 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 snowshoeing. 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. Open all Year


920-676-2249 • LynxLakeResort.com

10683 County Rd B, Presque Isle, WI

12 Lakefront cabins, newly updated. Cabins are fully furnished, ranging from 2 – 4 bedrooms. Beautiful sandy beach, swim-raft, mini-golf, docks, boat launch, fishing, boat rentals and bar on site. Located on Lynx Lake and main snowmobile trail. Open all year, Pets Allowed, WIFI, Facebook


715-686-2414 • Sunrise-Resort.com

7632 Sunrise Drive, Presque Isle, WI

Trophy muskie and small mouth bass fishing! Spectacular sunrises, 1000’ of frontage on crystal clear Presque Isle Lake. 8 cabins with screen porches, full kitchens and easy parking, all on 12 acres of park like grounds. Fishing and pontoon boat rentals available. Open all year, Pets allowed, Facebook



10806 Gladys Road, Presque Isle, WI

Z’s Rustic Cabin is the only family-owned resort continuing to exist 4 generations in Presque Isle. Our cozy family cabins are nestled on the quiet bay of Oxbow Lake. Open from June – October. Handicapped Accessible, Pets Allowed



715-385-2082 • MoonDeerGallery.com, MoonDeerDesign.com

10354 Main Street, Boulder Junction, WI

An eclectic mix of regional contemporary fine art & craft, antiques, books, cards and many smaller gift items. Professional custom frame service. Open daily mid-May through the holidays. Pet Friendly, Facebook, Handicap Accessible

Bruce Nelson Photography

715-892-3975 • 8305 Main Street, Presque Isle, WI Gallery offers a unique and personal look at the Northwoods through the lens of local photographer Bruce Nelson. Prints for exhibition and purchase of Northwoods and International destinations. Open year round and by appointment.



715-602-3939 • PICampGround.com

8458 Balsam Drive, Presque Isle, WI

Our quiet, secluded campground is located on beautiful Stateline Lake deep within the Northwoods of Presque Isle. The Presque Isle Campground is open May 1 – September 30. We offer premier full hookup RV campsites and tent campsites as well as cabin lodging and RV lodging, all right on the lake. The campground has been in operation for more than 50 years and is on a peninsula between two lakes with plenty of shade. Pet Friendly, Facebook

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715-543-2353 • DixieMW.com

6085 County Hwy W, Manitowish Waters, WI

Dixie’s Coffee House nourishes the body and feeds the soul. We feature Wisconsin’s own New Roots coffee, Two Leaves and a Bud tea, specialty baked goods, panini made to order and our soup of the day. Open all year, Handicapped Accessible, WIFI, Facebook, Instagram


715-686-2193 • 8279 Main Street, Presque Isle, WI

Bourbon Bar at The Outpost • Extensive collection of bourbon, whisky and scotch. Open 11 am – 11 pm, closed Tuesday.


715-686-2478 • TheOutpost.online

8279 Main Street, Presque Isle, WI

Enjoy our home cooked breakfast or lunch with a cold beer, bloody mary or cocktail! We have a warm cozy atmosphere, located on the snowmobile trail with a beautiful view of Pipke Park’s pond. Known for our Biscuits and Gravy, Eggs Benedict and fresh cinnamon rolls! Open 7am-2pm, closed Tuesdays. Open all year, Handicapped Accessible, Facebook

PI Pub

715-686-2522 • PIPubPresqueIsle.com

11583 County Road B, Presque Isle, WI

A fresh take & change from your typical bar food. Daily specials – Kitchen open Tuesday – Sunday (Monday seasonal) 11 am – 9 pm, family friendly/ game room. Take out available. Pet friendly patio. Open all year, Handicapped Accessible, WIFI, Facebook



12436 County Hwy W, Presque Isle, WI

Featuring Italian Beef Sandwiches, Gyros and Homemade Pizzas. Also, fresh hand pattied burgers, chicken sandwiches and amazing drinks. In-house Bags and Darts Leagues. Free Pool Tuesday. Open all year, Handicapped Accessible, Facebook


715-543-2220 • SmokeysDining.com

6410 County Hwy W, Manitowish Waters, WI

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. Smokey’s is the place to go for an intimate dinner for two or a gathering of family and friends. Reservations appreciated. Open all year, Handicapped Accessible, Facebook, Instagram



715-686-2200 • HeadwatersStateBank.com

8319 Main Street, Presque Isle, WI

Our Branch is located on Main Street and is open to serve you Mon-Thurs 9am-3pm, Fri 9am-5pm. Get to know us on the web or in person. Member FDIC.


715-432-0615 • Ruralmutual.com

Proudly serving Presque Isle and the surrounding areas with a personal touch. Our personalized, local insurance coverage and support allows families and business owners to feel confident that they are getting the protection they need at the right price.



715-892-3020 • TheAnglersChoiceGuideService.com


Create the complete Northern Wisconsin vacation with John Andrew. Serving Vilas, Iron, and Oneida Counties Full day open water fishing, ALL fishing equipment included $400 or half day fishing–for one to three people $300. No fish-no pay “GUARANTEED” (excluding Musky). Fully licensed & insured with 50 years of fishing experience. 2 Fresh Water Fishing World Records and 2 Outstanding Angling Achievements ALL fishing equipment included. Full day 1 – 3 people $400, half day $300.

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715-621-0061 • FoxValleyOutdoors.com


Fox Valley Outdoors is your personal guide service to the lakes and rivers of the Northwoods. Based out of Presque Isle, Wisconsin we offer guided fishing excursions for walleye, musky, bass, pike, trout, and panfish in both Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Whether you’re on the hunt for the fish of a lifetime or want to spend a relaxing day on the water with family, let Captain Curtis Cecchi help make your time in the north country a success!



715-892-2972 • UpNorthLivingRealEstate.com sheriupnorth@gmail.com

The goal of Up-North Living Real Estate is to “Live your best life UpNorth!” and to help others to do the same as well. I understand buying and selling a second home or transitioning to the Northwoods, as I have been in those positions myself and would love to help you navigate the waters-Sheri Benson. Open all year, Facebook



715-686-2542 • 11602 County Hwy B, Presque Isle, WI

Karsyn’s Korner

715-686-2480 • 11602 County Hwy B, Presque Isle, WI

24-hour pay at the pump gas including diesel. Groceries, cold beer, produce, convenient store items plus more. Open all year, Handicapped Accessible, Facebook



715-686-2366 • 11637 Hwy W, Presque Isle, WI

Full-service salon: colors, foils, manicures, pedicures, facials, perms, waxing, tanning, cutting men’s, women’s and children’s hair. Open all year, Handicapped Accessible, WIFI, Facebook


715-543-2808 • MAC-MW.com

13870 Woodland Lane, Manitowish Waters, WI

The MAC is a first-class fitness center equipped with everything you need to get in and stay in shape. Whether you’re a beginner or fitness fanatic, you’ll enjoy our welcoming atmosphere and all the best equipment and amenities. Hours: Mon. – Sun: 6:30 am – 7 pm. Open all year, Handicapped Accessible, Facebook, Instagram


715-543-2223 • www.Salon-MW.com

5966 County Hwy W, Manitowish Waters, WI

Enjoy an upscale salon in a cozy Northwoods atmosphere. We offer haircuts, styling, perms, color, waxing and more. Conveniently located near shopping, dining and spa services in downtown Manitowish Waters. Open all year, Facebook, Instagram


715-543-2535 • Spa-MW.com

5968 County Hwy W, Manitowish Waters, WI

Treat yourself to nail services, massages and more. Convenient location near the heart of Manitowish Waters. Gift certificates available. Open all year, Facebook, Instagram



715-686-2481 • HeadwatersRealEstate.com

11594 Co Rd B, Presque Isle, WI

Looking for a vacation home or property in Wisconsin’s Last Wilderness?

Specializing in Presque Isle area properties, our local agents are skilled, knowledgeable & friendly. Headwaters-Presque Isle’s local real estate source since 1979. Open all year, Facebook

Full-service hardware store with paint, live bait and tackle. WI and MI sports licensing are available.


715-543-2301 • LakeHouseMW.com

5962 County Highway W, Manitowish Waters, WI

Just a short walk from the Lodge, The Lake House has an eclectic array of upscale gifts and home goods for the Northern Living. Looking for something special? We have it. Open all year, Facebook


715-543-2699 • NinesMW.com

5970 County Highway W, Manitowish Waters, WI

Stop in to enjoy a relaxing atmosphere while casually browsing our exquisite merchandise. Something for everyone from home furnishings, one-of-a-kind gifts, candles, gourmet foods and much more.




Formerly Dave’s Tree Service

Serving Presque Isle and the surrounding region, with 25+ years professional experience and excellent customer service: Select Cut Logging, Brush & Stump Hauling, Skid Steer Work, Spring & Fall Clean-up, Roof Shoveling. Fully licensed and insured.


715-892-0050 • StainingSpecialists.com • Presque Isle, WI

Serving Vilas and Iron Counties. We are your preferred painting and staining contractor. Fully licensed and insured.



Demolition, Bulldozing, Backhoe Work, Road Grading, Septics Dug, Road Gravel & Granite. Topsoil, Sand, Stone & Fill. Carl F Wolter-Owner-Cell 715-891-0056.



Carl Schoenecker • 715-686-2541

PO Box 178 Presque Isle, WI 54557 • winegarpost480@gmail.com

Meetings 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7 pm. Offering bingo during the summer. Bar Open May 1 – Oct. 15.



Working to make sure visitors and residents can continue to enjoy the Northwoods experience for generations to come.


Jim Steines • Presque Isle, WI • PILionsClub.org

Our dedicated group of men and women includes a diverse mix of ages and backgrounds. We serve those in need through volunteer service and fundraising activities. The financial support we provide aids local causes as well as state and international initiatives. Our goal is to improve people’s lives and the community in which we live.

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Northwoods Norwegion Retreat

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A fresh take & change from your typical bar food Daily Specials Kitchen Open 11am-9pm, Tuesday - Sunday (Monday, seasonal) PIPubPresqueIsle.com (715) 686- 2522 | 11583 County Hwy B, Presque Isle Outside Patio Patio Dog Friendly Full Bar 8 Beers On Tap Family Friendly Game Room Specials Tacos Fridays Fish Fry Buckets of Chicken Daily Specials Homemade Pizza Jumbo Wings Fresh & Healthy Options Hand Dipped Apps