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/…

Island Lake
$999,000
Island Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.0
Sq Ft: 2,411
Boulder Junction

   First Time on Market! Original owner and builder. Beautiful full log home on large lot on Island Lake on the fabulous Manitowish Chain in Boulder Junction. In 2014 a new metal roof was installed with a 50 year warranty fully transferable to new owner. Septic wa…

Harris Lake
$939,000
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…

Spider Lake
$695,000
Spider Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.0
Sq Ft: 2,800
Manitowish Waters

   Outstanding location on the Manitowish Chain, beautiful open views, gradual slope to the lake, sand frontage, southern exposure this property features 252' of frontage along with 1.9 acres on a dead end road. The home has 3 bedrooms on the main level, 1 bath, k…

South Turtle Lake
$689,000
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Accepted Offer

   TURNKEY property – all you need to do is move in – and just 10 minutes to Manitowish Waters! 210 feet sand frontage with 3.92 acres on South Turtle Lake is the setting for this Cedar sided 3BR, 3BA home! Main level includes Great Room with wonderful lake views,…

Papoose Lake
$625,000
Papoose Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1.5
Sq Ft: 2,214
None

   Absolutely a stunning property with outstanding views & 410' of beautiful sand frontage and South view. Property is approx. 3 acres with 2 drives. One circle drive to home and the 2nd drive to the 20x24 dry boathouse. The home is very well kept with open kitche…

Circle Lily Lake
$559,900
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Accepted Offer

   Prepare to be amazed when you drive up the long wooded driveway to this custom built home tucked away on Circle Lily Lake, with 200 feet of water frontage surrounded by state land with lots of privacy. This home or home-away-from-home has tons of storage in the…

Rainbow Lake
$479,500
Rainbow Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2.0
Sq Ft: 2,861
Winchester

   Not often found in Western Vilas County -- 230 feet of lake frontage on 21 acres, but this 2BR 2BA Rainbow Lake home offers that, plus a 30x52 pole building that provides useful shop and storage space. The front windows of the home provide a gorgeous west-facin…

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.…

South Turtle Lake
$469,000
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Accepted Offer

   RARE opportunity to be on the 900+ acre Turtle Chain with 300' frontage, 6.76 acres, and a masterfully remodeled cabin! Redone with top quality materials, this lovely cabin features new plumbing, electrical, all new fixtures, T&G paneling, new flooring, new fro…

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…

Papoose Lake
$347,000
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Accepted Offer

   Offers need to be in by 12:00pm 9/8/2022. Seller making decisions 9/8 afternoon COMPLETE TURNKEY and MOVE IN READY! 428 acre Papoose Lake, one of the highest demand lakes in the area! With depths up to 65 feet, this Gin clear lake is dotted with beautiful Islan…

Rainbow Lake
$299,000
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Accepted Offer

   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…

Birch Lake
$250,000
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Accepted Offer

   Your own point and 371' of frontage on Birch Lake! Use the manufactured home for a retreat or build your dream house. Newer 30'x38' metal building has room for all the toys, 5.6 acre lot has room for your vision of the Northwoods.



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Lots for Sale:

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
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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
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Accepted Offer

   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 …

Manitowish Lake
$229,500
Manitowish Lake lot picture
Acres: 0.8
Manitowish Waters
Frontage: 227
Shoreline: Weedy

   Hard to find a vacant lot on the Manitowish Chain? Here's one for you. 227 feet on frontage, 0.79 acres on Manitowish Lake. Level lot located in a bay where you can boat from to enjoy all 10 Manitowish Chain Lakes that offer great water sports and fishing. Visi…

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 …

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: 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…

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…



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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 --
Stone Lake Public 138 Drainage 14 min 12 ft 8.1 ft --
Spider Lake Public 272 Drainage 7 min 20 ft 11.5 ft Manitowish Waters
Birch Lake Public 528 Drainage 20 min 22 ft 6.5 ft --
Little Star Lake Public 244 Drainage 5 min 31 ft 17.6 ft Manitowish Waters
Clear Lake Public 515 Spring 10 min 16 ft 11.2 ft --
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 --
Rock Lake Public 120 Seepage 22 min 8 ft 5.5 ft Winchester
Rainbow Lake Public 146 Drainage 19 min 16 ft 7.3 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
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