Manitowish Waters

   Manitowish Waters is a great little town. There are a ton of outdoor activities available in the area and the town has a laid back artsy feel to it. It definitely is not commercialized. There are quite a few spots to grab a drink or a bite to eat in town. The Manitowish Waters Chain of Lakes surrounds the town. It is a nice chain with clean water and good fishing. If you are looking to be on a clean water chain but would prefer it to be a little more quiet than the Minocqua Chain, the Manitowish Waters Chain would fit the bill. While you get the peace of being way up north, you aren't too far away from the shopping and activities in Minocqua. The Woodruff / Minocqua is about 20 miles south on Hwy 51.

Grocery Stores: Location:
Village Market North Side
Hogan's General Store South Side
Closest Hospital:
Howard Young Medical Center - Minocqua / 16 minutes southeast
Nearby Bike Trails:
Heart of Vilas County (Manitowish Waters) - This biking and hiking trail is 14.5 miles long and meanders from the Manitowish Waters Community Center past The North Lakeland Discovery Center and towards Boulder Junction.

Heart of Vilas County (Mercer) - A seven mile biking and hiking trail with three asphalted seconds and three road segments. The trail takes you from Manitowish Waters over to Mercer.

North Lakeland Discovery Center Trails - Biking, Hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails that total twelve miles in length. The trails go around Statehouse Lake and along the Manitowish River. This trail system connects to the Manitowish Waters Trail.

Winman Trails - Trail lengths that vary from 4 to 10 miles in length. Biking, hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing are popular activities on this trail.

Nearby Hiking/Cross Country Skiing Trails:
Powell Trails - The Powell Trail system offers loops of 1.5, 2, 4.5, and 7 miles and are great for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and bird watching. There are no fees associated with the Powell Trail System. The trails are considered easy trails and wind through some old growth timber as well as some recently logged areas.

Northland Lake School Nature and Ski Trails - Eight to ten mil looping trails accessed for the north side of the school's football field. The trails are located on the North Lakeland School grounds and wind through a variety of evergreens and hardwoods. Trails are groomed in the winter.

Heart of Vilas County (Manitowish Waters) - See above for trail description.

Heart of Vilas County (Mercer) - See above for trail description.

North Lakeland Discovery Center Trails - See above for trail description.

Winman Trails - See above for trail description.

Nearby Paddling Routes:
NHAL Canoe Trip #5 - A 19 mile trip with many campsite and take-out locations that goes from Manitowish Waters to Boulder Junction. The trail takes you through many lakes including the completely state owned Escanaba Lake. See the world like it was before people (well, kind of).
Nearby ATV Trails:
No nearby routes
Nearby Snowmobile Trails:
Sno-Skeeters Trails - Twenty five miles of groomed trails that connects to other trail systems that allow full access to the whole Northern WI and Michigan Trail network.
Boulder Junction - First you head south on Hwy 51, then east on County Rd H and then east on County Rd K and you will be in Boulder Junction after fifteen minutes in the car. The town is known as the "Musky Capital of the World", more muskies are caught per square mile than any other similar sized area in the world. Boulder Junction used to be the national base of the Boy Scouts for good reason. When you step out of your car in Boulder Junction, you don't even feel right getting back in. It feels like you should walk or bike to your destination. Just a lovely small town setting.

Minocqua - Head south for 26 minutes on Hwy 51 and you will be in Minocqua. The "island city" is probably the most "modern" of the towns in Northern Wisconsin. There are still plenty of the older mom and pop type of businesses, but they are sprinkled in with fast food restaurants and other national box store outlets. There is a wide variety of things to do and places to visit around Minocqua and the chain of lakes that surround the town is one of the most popular ones around. Being popular, it is also the busiest chain around. The town is considered a tourist hot spot and many summer weekends you will feel like you're back in the city with all the people.

Woodruff - A twenty minute drive south on Hwy 51 will take you to Woodruff. Woodruff is basically an extension of Minocqua. The road widens to four lanes and the town blends right into Minocqua.

Mercer - Fifteen minutes north on Hwy 51 will take you into Mercer. There are a few places to eat and a couple gas stations in town. You will also find Claire De Loon (a huge loon statue) in the town center.

Times are approximate. I just took the time from the center of town.
Homes for Sale:

Harris Lake
$1,150,000
Harris Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 5.0
Sq Ft: 5,200
Winchester

   Harris Lake MASTERPIECE on 2.24 acres w/211' of sand frontage! The towering entrance leads to a huge living room w/magnificent 28' high ceiling + massive Lannon stone FP. A chef's kitchen has a double oven Viking range, Sub-Zero refrigerator, wine cooler, cabin…

Birch Lake
$1,100,000
Birch Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4.5
Sq Ft: 3,100
Winchester

   Spectacular one of a kind property with western sunset views on Birch Lake. This 4 BR, 5 BA home checks all of the boxes with regards to upgrades and high end finishes throughout. On the main level you will find an expansive kitchen featuring granite, Sub-Zero/…

Island Lake
$799,000
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Accepted Offer

   Custom Log, 2 BR, 2 BA home has a harmonious blend of rustic and elegance. Great room w/cozy wood stove, large lakeside windows, ash hardwood flooring, kitchen, dining area, and main floor master BR. Newly remodeled bath, dbl vanity, large walk-in shower. Loft …

Presque Isle Lake
$798,000
Presque Isle Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3.0
Sq Ft: 3,500
Presque Isle

   Beautiful custom built "Benson" home on Presque Isle chain! 201' Western facing frtg and almost 4 -1/2 tot acres. 4 bed, 3 ba home has a terrific open floor plan with nothing but high quality throughout from the maple hardwoods floors to T & G walls, ceiling an…

Island Lake
$735,000
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Accepted Offer

   Don't Wait-Don't Delay!! Must see this Fabulous 3+Bed, 4 Bath Northwoods Home on Beautiful 1023 Acre Island Lake on the Gorgeous Manitowish Chain. You'll be impressed by the quality craftsmanship, the gorgeous western lakeview, and the long list of amenities. Y…

Presque Isle Lake
$679,000
Presque Isle Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1.0
Sq Ft: 600
Presque Isle

   A legacy property on crystal-clear Presque Isle Lake, with 42 acres and 1000’ of frontage with a sugar sand beach. Southern exposure provides all day sun over gorgeous big water, and a gentle to moderate elevation delivers lovely lake breezes. Accessed by 1/3 m…

Big Lake (PI)
$620,000
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Accepted Offer

   Love nostalgia, check it out! Once part of the famous Keego Resort on the much sought after 850 acre Big Lake of Boulder Jct, this old full log guest cottage remains part of this property. Guests will fight over who stays in the adorable log cabin with its own …

Manitowish Lake
$496,000
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Accepted Offer

   Super sand swimming area with 138+ ft of meandering frontage and access to the entire 10 llake Manitowish Waters Chain with over 4000 acres of water-time fun! Easy access to snowmobile trails, 40+ miles of bike trails and 1000's acres of State Land for hiking a…

North Turtle Lake
$475,000
North Turtle Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Sq Ft: 1,756
Winchester

   Cozy, comfortable, beautifully decorated and well cared for home on North Turtle Lake! 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with 100 feet of frontage. Main floor includes Living Room with beautiful gas fireplace, open Kitchen, lakeside Dining Room, 1 bedroom and full bath.…

Presque Isle Lake
$395,000
Presque Isle Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1.0
Sq Ft: 680
Presque Isle

   LULLABY OF THE LOONS! Let the loons lull you to sleep each evening in your rustic two bedroom cabin on the shores of prestigious picturesque Presque Isle Lake. The kitchen offers 20+/-' of oak cabinets which opens into the dining room, the two bedrooms both hav…

Birch Lake
$385,000
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Accepted Offer

   Cozy Pan Adobe full log home on the amazing 528 acre, full recreational / fish factory - Birch Lake. The property offers fantastic big water views and beautiful sandy frontage. Many updates have been made over the past few years like a new Michigan roof, furnac…

Rainbow Lake
$299,000
Rainbow Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1.0
Sq Ft: 864
None

   Peace & serenity is what you will find with this cozy, charming, well maintained waterfront home located on private and scenic Rainbow Lake. This year round property offers a 2 bedroom, 1 bath home with large screened in porch and deeded access to a private boa…



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Lots for Sale:

Fawn Lake
$398,000
Fawn Lake lot picture
Acres: 1.1
Manitowish Waters
Frontage: 100
Shoreline: Sand,

   Fawn Lake part of the Manitowish Chain of Lakes. Large 1 plus acre, quite, level, lake lot with a steep bank at the shore. Property runs along the south shore of Fawn Lake. This is perhaps the only vacant lot available on the Manitowish Chain.

Harris Lake
$299,000
Harris Lake lot picture
Acres: 1.5
Winchester
Frontage: 305
Shoreline: Sand,

   Incredible Harris Lake parcel with Wet Boathouse! This stunning lot includes 1.5 acres, 305' frontage on exclusive gin-clear Harris Lake, and a very rare wet 3-stall boathouse. Situated on the historic Camp Mishike Peninsula, this gently sloping lot is nestled …

Presque Isle Lake
$249,900
Presque Isle Lake lot picture
Acres: 2.5
Presque Isle
Frontage: 263
Shoreline: Sand,

   PRESQUE ISLE CHAIN LOT - Gorgeous 2.5 acre west facing parcel on Presque Isle Lake! This gem has 268' of beautiful rock/sand clear water frontage and is in an area of high end homes. Seller had an appraisal done April of 2017 to price this right in today's mark…

Birch Lake
$249,000
Birch Lake lot picture
Acres: 16.7
Winchester
Frontage: 267
Shoreline: Sand

   Amazing opportunity on Birch Lake in Winchester. A 16.69 ac beautifully wooded and lakefront lot boasts the potential of your dream home or cabin! The property features varied landscape, matured trees and new growth, with a gentle winding creek that runs into B…

Birch Lake
$239,000
Birch Lake lot picture
Acres: 3.1
Winchester`
Frontage: 326
Shoreline: Sand

   Fantastic building site! Beautiful wooded 3.17ac lot with great elevation for a walkout basement home surrounded by mature maple trees. Offering 212 ft of sand/rocky level frontage on 506 ac Birch Lake in Winchester. This location offers close proximity to the …

Harris Lake
$229,900
Harris Lake lot picture
Acres: 2.4
Winchester
Frontage: 217
Shoreline: Sand

   Pristine Harris Lake lot. 217' of sandy frontage with a southeastern exposure. Lot is perfect for a walkout lower level with minimal elevation from lower level to the lake shore. Harris Lake is renowned for great fishing and crystal clear water. It is very priv…

South Turtle Lake
$229,900
South Turtle Lake lot picture
Acres: 10.5
Winchester
Frontage: 327
Shoreline: Weedy

   Large private lot on South Turtle of the Turtle Chain. Approximately 10.5 acres with 327 Ft of fisherman frontage. You will have over 1000 acres of water on the 3 lake Turtle chain to boat and fish on. This lot is close to the bike trail, snowmobile trail, ski …

North Turtle Lake
$225,000
North Turtle Lake lot picture
Acres: 1.2
Winchester
Frontage: 151
Shoreline: Sand

   Beautiful, level west facing frontage on North Turtle Lake of the Turtle 3 Lake Chain! 151’ sand/rock west facing LEVEL frontage with 1.22 acres! The viewing corridor has been put in, the shared driveway is in and a partial building site is ready for you! There…

South Turtle Lake
$219,000
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Accepted Offer

   Beautiful west facing, perfect sand frontage on South Turtle Lake of the Turtle Winchester 3 Lake Chain! Approximately 147 feet of frontage with +/- 3.23 beautiful wooded acres awaits your Up North Cabin! Property perks for a conventional septic, electricity an…

Birch Lake
$215,000
Birch Lake lot picture
Acres: 3.6
Winchester`
Frontage: 154
Shoreline: Sand

   An amazing find and opportunity is at your finger tips! Check out this beautifully wooded 3.58 ac lot with gentle rolling landscape, as your building spot for a gorgeous home or cabin in Winchester. Surrounded with mature maples, birch, and other new growth, th…

Harris Lake
$215,000
Harris Lake lot picture
 
 
Accepted Offer

   Spring is here, so don't hesitate to look at this well-wooded lot in a prestigious area of newer homes on much sought-after Harris Lake, a 507 acre crystal-clear Class A Musky lake with maximum depths of 57 feet. The lake is known as a good fishing and all arou…

North Turtle Lake
$199,000
North Turtle Lake lot picture
Acres: 1.4
Winchester
Frontage: 148
Shoreline: Sand

   Priced to sell on North Turtle Lake! Beautiful, level west facing frontage on the Turtle 3 Lake Chain! 148’ sand/rock west facing LEVEL frontage with 1.38 acres! The viewing corridor has been put in, the shared driveway is in and a partial building site is read…

Birch Lake
$199,000
Birch Lake lot picture
Acres: 3.3
Winchester
Frontage: 151
Shoreline: Sand

   See this beautiful property on Birch Lake! This wooded 3.31ac lot provides an amazing spot for your future lake home or cabin of your own. This lot offers 151 ft of sand/rocky frontage and beautiful views on the 528 ac Birch Lake in Winchester. The location is …

Birch Lake
$199,000
Birch Lake lot picture
Acres: 1.7
Winchester
Frontage: 213
Shoreline: Weedy

   This south facing lot on 506 acre Birch Lake in Winchester has so much to offer...1.7 acres with a variety of young and mature trees, 213' of frontage on a protected bay, easy access off a town road, gradual slope to the lake perfect for a walkout home or cotta…

Katinka Lake
$189,900
Katinka Lake lot picture
Acres: 1.7
Presque Isle
Frontage: 200
Shoreline: Sand,

   Capture stunning water views, sunsets, plenty of fish and the echoing sounds of loons from this peaceful and private 1.70-acre lot with 200' of frontage on Katinka Lake, which is one of the best, if not the best, lakes in the area for walleye and smallmouth bas…

Birch Lake
$189,000
Birch Lake lot picture
Acres: 4.7
Winchester05/06/21
Frontage: 326
Shoreline: Sand

   Incredible opportunity! Beautiful wooded 4.7ac lot with great elevation for a walkout basement home surrounded by mature maple trees. Offering 326ft of sand/rocky frontage on 506 ac Birch Lake in Winchester. This location offers close proximity to the Win-Man B…

Rainbow Lake
$189,000
Rainbow Lake lot picture
Acres: 9.7
Winchester
Frontage: 417
Shoreline: Sand,

   Look what you get for $189,000-- a lakefront lot with over 400' of frontage and 2.75 acres on no-public access Rainbow Lake. The driveway is in to a perfect building site allowing for great lake views and the lot is already perked for a 3 bedroom conventional s…

Rock Lake
$119,000
Rock Lake lot picture
Acres: 4.2
Winchester
Frontage: 252
Shoreline: Sand,

   Large lakefront parcel at the end of the road with 252' of frontage at the end of the 3 lake Turtle Chain for a peaceful, quiet setting. Excellent fishing chain with musky, walleye, yellow perch and panfish. Pier and small boat lift included. Build your dream v…



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Manitowish Waters Lakes:

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Lake Name Access Acres Type Distance Avg Depth Clarity Chain
Circle Lily Lake Public 218 Seepage 7 min 20 ft 6.8 ft --
Spider Lake Public 272 Drainage 7 min 20 ft 11.5 ft Manitowish Waters
Fawn Lake Public 74 Drainage 14 min 7 ft 9.5 ft Manitowish Waters
Stone Lake Public 138 Drainage 14 min 12 ft 8.1 ft --
Birch Lake Public 528 Drainage 20 min 22 ft 6.5 ft --
Clear Lake Public 515 Spring 10 min 16 ft 11.2 ft --
Little Star Lake Public 244 Drainage 5 min 31 ft 17.6 ft Manitowish Waters
Big Lake (PI) Public 850 Drainage 20 min 26 ft 13.0 ft --
Katinka Lake Semi-Private 170 Drainage 20 min 26 ft 19.0 ft --
Dead Pike Lake Public 309 Drainage 8 min 26 ft 8.0 ft --
Lake Adelaide Public 57 Drainage 24 min 35 ft 9.0 ft --
No Mans Lake Public 230 Drainage 25 min 15 ft 8.0 ft --
North Turtle Lake Public 359 Drainage 14 min 21 ft 7.3 ft Winchester
Pardee Lake Public 207 Drainage 35 min 13 ft 10.0 ft --
Rainbow Lake Public 146 Drainage 19 min 16 ft 7.3 ft --
Rock Lake Public 120 Seepage 22 min 8 ft 5.5 ft Winchester
South Turtle Lake Public 466 Drainage 13 min 15 ft 7.0 ft Winchester
Vance Lake Public 28 Drainage 1 min 6 ft 9.4 ft --
Papoose Lake Public 422 Spring 12 min 28 ft 15.0 ft --
Island Lake Public 1023 Drainage 11 min 13 ft 10.5 ft Manitowish Waters
Presque Isle Lake Public 1165 Drainage 22 min 37 ft 23.0 ft Presque Isle
Harris Lake Public 534 Drainage 21 min 24 ft 15.0 ft --
Rest Lake Public 655 Drainage 2 min 18 ft 11.2 ft Manitowish Waters
Manitowish Lake Public 506 Drainage 6 min 23 ft 10.2 ft Manitowish Waters
Alder Lake Public 264 Drainage 10 min 16 ft 11.8 ft Manitowish Waters