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
$1,149,000
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/…

Harris Lake
$1,099,000
Harris Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 5.0
Sq Ft: 5,200
Winchester

   REDUCED! Harris Lake Luxury on 2.24 acres w/211' of sand frontage! Completely updated--repainted inside & out with new flooring, new fixtures, 2 new furnaces, new WH, & more. A grand entrance leads to the great room w/28' ceiling & massive Lannon stone FP. Chef…

Rest Lake
$899,000
Rest Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1.0
Sq Ft: 1,323
Manitowish Waters

   Don’t miss this 3 for 1 special! Nestled on the quiet bay of Rest Lake lies a quaint year-round cabin on 3 beautiful, wooded lots. This 2 BR 1 BA cabin is sure to turn into your favorite seasonal getaway or a quiet residence to permanently relocate to. A gorgeo…

Rock Lake
$849,000
Rock Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Sq Ft: 2,831
Winchester

   NEW CONSTRUCTION!! 251 feet of level sand southwest facing frontage with 1.83 wooded acres on Rock Lake of the Turtle 3 Lake Chain! Beautifully built 4BR, 2.5BA home is everything you are looking for in your ‘Up North’ Dream! Great room with gas fireplace, full…

Rock Lake
$700,000
Rock Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.0
Sq Ft: 1,844
Winchester

   Beautiful Northwoods home on Rock Lake with over 200 feet of sandy frontage. Rock lake is part of the Turtle chain that offers nearly 1,000 acres of water recreation! Over 1800 sq. ft. including 2 nicely sized bedrooms, 2 full baths, and an extra large master b…

Presque Isle Lake
$675,000
Presque Isle Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Sq Ft: 1,800
Presque Isle

   Gentle topography and peninsula privacy are the setting for this quality built 4BR, 2.5BA year round home, with a large detached garage and boathouse at waters edge. Well built lake home features a fieldstone fireplace, beamed ceilings throughout, butlers pantr…

Presque Isle Lake
$579,900
Presque Isle Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3.0
Sq Ft: 3,150
Presque Isle

   Unbelievable views capturing Presque Isle Lake from this home being only steps away from the water portrays the feeling you’re on a boat! 165’ of level frontage, rip rap rock shoreline and sandy swimming bottom on this crystal-clear water lake! The approximate …

Alder Lake
$484,500
Alder Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1.0
Sq Ft: 988
Manitowish Waters

   Manitowish Chain of Lakes – something new! A lovely 3 BR 1 BA cottage situated a mere 24 ft from the shores of 274-acre Alder Lake! Unit 3 of Sunny Cove Resort Condominiums includes 72 ft of level, sandy shoreline as a Limited Common Element (LCE), meaning that…

Rock Lake
$449,000
Rock Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.0
Sq Ft: 1,508
Winchester

   Your going to love this Cedar Chalet, Family Getaway, Turtle Chain, Rock lake Classic Super Cozy Very Private 3 Bedrooms with loft 2 full baths, 79 feet of frontage over 1.5 acres, Master main floor with laundry, large 9 x 28 front deck, 10 x 10 super cute scre…

Rock Lake
$417,000
Rock Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3.0
Sq Ft: 1,622
Winchester

   Seller wants an offer!!! 3 bedroom, 3 bath home with 236 feet frontage on Rock Lake of the Turtle 3 Lake Chain and 4 private acres! Living room with floor to ceiling fireplace with stove insert, wood cathedral ceilings & new wood laminate flooring, kitchen has …

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…

Little Star Lake
$377,500
Little Star Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1.0
Sq Ft: 692
MANITOWSH WTR

   NEW ROOF Aug 2022. 330' perfectly level south facing sand shared frontage! Wonderful remodeled seasonal cottage condo is situated right along the sandy shores of Little Star Lake! Cottage has 3 bedrooms (2 are open lofts) and 1 full bath, kitchen, living room w…

South Turtle Lake
$349,900
South Turtle Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1.0
Sq Ft: 1,120
Winchester

   This cabin in the north woods has everything you want for peace and serenity. 3bdr/1bth offers so much with over 100 ft of lake front property. Enjoy mornings with hot coffee/tea on the sunroom while listening to the loons, jumping in the boat/pontoon to enjoy …

Dead Pike Lake
$299,900
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Accepted Offer

   Wonderful year-round cabin with level, sandy frontage and walking distance to the Powell Marsh. Incredible sunsets await you with tons of lakeside windows for wonderful views. There is a large lakeside deck and big firepit area for your lakeside enjoyment. Newe…

Papoose Lake
$219,000
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Accepted Offer

   Papoose Lake Charmer! Year ‘round 3 bedroom, 1 bath cabin condominium is situated on 6.43 acres and shares 100 feet perfectly level sand shoreline on Papoose Lake! 2 car detached garage plus 1 car garage included. Home has knotty pine walls & ceilings throughou…

South Turtle Lake
$218,500
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Accepted Offer

   Your very own Bridge Over Troubled Waters! This unique Turtle Chain of Lakes property features a wooden foot bridge over a stream that meanders through the 1.4 ac lot and down to 100 feet of west facing level ripple sand South Turtle Lake shoreline. You will lo…

Rainbow Lake
$200,900
Rainbow Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2.0
Sq Ft: 1,000
Winchester

   This gorgeous 2bdr 1.5bth house is awaiting for you to call it home! Nestled in the scenic area of Winchester, this home comes with 1.35 acres with deeded access to the private Rainbow Lake. This unique home provides peaceful looking out to a blooming yard, fen…



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Lots for Sale:

Harris Lake
$289,000
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 …

Alder Lake
$234,500
Alder Lake lot picture
Acres: 0.2
Manitowish Waters
Frontage: 30

   Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to build your dream home or cottage on the level, sandy shore of beautiful 274 ac Alder Lake on the Manitowish Chain! Unit 4 of Sunny Cove Resort Condos offers a HUGE 2,500 sq ft of unit area for construction of that home or…

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…

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
$189,000
Birch Lake lot picture
 
 
Accepted Offer

   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