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:

Presque Isle Lake
Presque Isle Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 5.5
Sq Ft: 4,500
Presque Isle

   Perfection on Presque Isle Lake! Taste and craftsmanship meet at this spectacular home with breathtaking big-water views framed by old-growth pine. The pillared entrance and paved drive are first on a long list of quality upgrades to delight around every corner…

Fawn Lake
Fawn Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3.5
Sq Ft: 2,900
Manitowish Waters

   Well known Timber Lodge Resort on the Manitowish Waters Chain is available! This unique property is stocked & ready to run as a resort but also great for a family compound or corporate retreat. Rent or reside in the spacious main home while receiving income fro…

No Mans Lake
No Mans Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3.5
Sq Ft: 5,232

   This property is a piece of paradise! Where to start....33+ wooded acres, 2100+ feet of water frontage, a beautiful log home with 6600 total sq ft, an attached 4 car garage, a pole shed and a dry boat house - all wrapped into one perfect package. The home offer…

Stone Lake
Stone Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2.5
Sq Ft: 3,328
Manitowish Waters

   Unique and cozy Octagon home on the Manitowish Waters Chain! 100 fee of south facing frontage with 5.63 wooded acres next to hundreds of acres of State Lane. Features in this special home included sliding glass doors and deck all the way around the home. Home f…

Rest Lake
Rest Lake house picture
Accepted Offer

   Move to the Manitowish Waters Chain with this great house, at a great price, and in great condition! This is a 3BR, 2BA home with new LP gas boiler, new split zone AC and heat, all newer appliances, new point well and pressure tank, all new Anderson windows, ne…

Rock Lake
Rock Lake house picture
Accepted Offer

   Rare opportunity to own this 2 bed / 1 BA home nestled on gradual shoreline only 15 feet from the shore of Rock Lake. PREMIUM Location ensures total privacy tucked in quiet bay with eastern exposure. Located on the 3-lake chain that affords 1100 acres of naviga…

Rock Lake
Rock Lake house picture
Bedrooms: None
Sq Ft: 0

   The perfect lake and the perfect place to build! Enjoy 177 feet of sand and gravel frontage on Rock Lake of Turtle Winchester 3 Lake Chain with 2.19 wooded acres! Property has a gentle slope to the lakefront and a great building site for a walkout basement home…

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Lots for Sale:

Lake Adelaide
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Acres: 5.1
Frontage: 783
Shoreline: Sand,

   Five beautiful parcels forming a peninsula on tranquil Adelaide Lake await your building plans. There's beautiful views, varied terrain, excellent frontage, and several excellent building spots to choose from. Plan your ultimate Northwoods waterfront peninsula …

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Manitowish Waters Lakes:

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Lake Name Access Acres Type Distance Avg Depth Clarity Chain
Alder Lake Public 264 Drainage 10 min 16 ft 11.8 ft Manitowish Waters
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
Spider Lake Public 272 Drainage 7 min 20 ft 11.5 ft Manitowish Waters
Clear Lake Public 515 Spring 10 min 16 ft 11.2 ft Manitowish Waters
Birch Lake Public 528 Drainage 20 min 22 ft 6.5 ft --
Manitowish Lake Public 506 Drainage 6 min 23 ft 10.2 ft Manitowish Waters
Rest Lake Public 655 Drainage 2 min 18 ft 11.2 ft Manitowish Waters
North Turtle Lake Public 359 Drainage 14 min 21 ft 7.3 ft Winchester
Papoose Lake Public 422 Spring 12 min 28 ft 15.0 ft --
Fawn Lake Public 74 Drainage 14 min 7 ft 9.5 ft Manitowish Waters
South Turtle Lake Public 466 Drainage 13 min 15 ft 7.0 ft Winchester
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 --
Circle Lily Lake Public 218 Seepage 7 min 20 ft 6.8 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 --
Katinka Lake Semi-Private 170 Drainage 20 min 26 ft 19.0 ft --
No Mans Lake Public 230 Drainage 25 min 15 ft 8.0 ft --
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
Stone Lake Public 138 Drainage 14 min 12 ft 8.1 ft --
Vance Lake Public 28 Drainage 1 min 6 ft 9.4 ft --
Harris Lake Public 534 Drainage 21 min 24 ft 17.0 ft --