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:

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/…

Papoose Lake
$835,000
Papoose Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 6.5
Sq Ft: 3,900
Presque Isle

   Stunning end of the road privacy located on Papoose Lake in Presque Isle, the true wilderness of the Northwoods! Offering 1.88 AC and 385' +/- of sand/rock frontage surrounded by towering pines and endless wildlife. Beautifully constructed 5 BR, 7BA home featur…

Presque Isle Lake
$795,000
Presque Isle Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3.5
Sq Ft: 2,935
Presque Isle

   Master craftsmanship and major proven investment return with this Steve Weber hand-scribed log home with stone lower level. Magnificent views of large, gin-clear water on 3-lake chain. Fully exposed lower level is also entrance level with 2 large bedrooms, fami…

Big Lake (PI)
$509,000
Big Lake (PI) house picture
 
 
Accepted Offer

   SECONDARY OFFERS ENCOURAGED! A rare opportunity to be on Big Lake, one of Northern Wisconsin's premier lakes and renowned for its fishing as well as pristine, mosty state-owned shoreline. This 3br/2ba home offers incredible views, room for expansion in partiall…

Lake Adelaide
$339,000
Lake Adelaide house picture
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.0
Sq Ft: 1,900
Winchester

   Meticulously cared for and ready to enjoy! 3BR, 2BA home features an open concept design with an island kitchen, cathedral pine ceilings and a beautiful fieldstone fireplace. Gorgeous views from the lakeside deck nestled among stately pine and hardwood, with ex…

North Turtle Lake
$324,900
North Turtle Lake house picture
 
 
Accepted Offer

   Stunning lot on the very popular Turtle Chain in Winchester, WI. Lot presently has an older home that needs repairs and foundation work. Selling it as a vacant lot with septic and pier. Gentle slope to the waterfront. Gorgeous West Sunset views! Rare to find a …

North Turtle Lake
$254,900
North Turtle Lake house picture
 
 
Accepted Offer

   Cozy, seasonal condo cottage with wet boathouse that has a deck above. Cottage comes furnished right down to the dishes, pots & pans, small appliances, refrigerator, stove, microwave, gas grill, fishing boat with trailer. Cottage has hardwood floors, Vermont wo…



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Lots for Sale:

North Turtle Lake
$324,900
North Turtle Lake lot picture
 
 
Accepted Offer

   Stunning lot on the very popular Turtle Chain in Winchester, WI. Lot presently has an older home that needs repairs and foundation work. Selling it as a vacant lot with septic and pier. Gentle slope to the waterfront. Gorgeous West Sunset views! Rare to find a …

Presque Isle Lake
$289,000
Presque Isle Lake lot picture
Acres: 1.4
Presque Isle
Frontage: 238
Shoreline: Sand

   Many vacant lots have one or the other of what you want, but this one has it all: gorgeous ripple sand frontage, well wooded with a variety of trees, perfect topography for a walk-out style house, big water views and in a quiet area. Pristine Presque Isle Lake …

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
$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
$219,000
South Turtle Lake lot picture
Acres: 3.2
Winchester
Frontage: 147
Shoreline: Sand

   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…

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…

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…

Birch Lake
$189,000
Birch Lake lot picture
Acres: 4.7
Winchester`
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…

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 --
Fawn Lake Public 74 Drainage 14 min 7 ft 9.5 ft Manitowish Waters
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
Spider Lake Public 272 Drainage 7 min 20 ft 11.5 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 --
Harris Lake Public 534 Drainage 21 min 24 ft 15.0 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
Stone Lake Public 138 Drainage 14 min 12 ft 8.1 ft --
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
Rest Lake Public 655 Drainage 2 min 18 ft 11.2 ft Manitowish Waters
Alder Lake Public 264 Drainage 10 min 16 ft 11.8 ft Manitowish Waters
Manitowish Lake Public 506 Drainage 6 min 23 ft 10.2 ft Manitowish Waters