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:

Rest Lake
Rest Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 6.0
Sq Ft: 8,758
Manitowish Waters

   ONCE in a lifetime opportunity! Properties can be sold separately, however, main home must sell first! Shown by Appointment only, please do not drive by property. Exceptional offering on the Manitowish Waters 10 Lake Chain! Property encompasses a total of 5.08 …

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

   Welcome to perfection on Presque Isle Lake! The finest in taste and craftsmanship meet on this gently sloped lot with breathtaking views framed by old-growth pine. The pillared entrance and paved drive are first on a long list of quality upgrades that will deli…

Presque Isle Lake
Presque Isle Lake house picture
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   What a view! This beautiful full log home faces west on the shores of the crystal clear waters of Presque Isle lake. Huge white pine logs that have been completely restored were used to build this 3 bed, 2.5 bath home. See the improvements list attached. There …

Harris Lake
Harris Lake house picture
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   REDUCED!! Executive home 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. Grand entrance leads to the GR w/28' ceiling & massive Lannon stone FP. Chef's kitchen fe…

Rock Lake
Rock Lake house picture
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   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…

Rest Lake
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…

South Turtle Lake
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   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 …

Presque Isle Lake
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 2 bedroom cabin on the shores of picturesque prestigious Presque Isle Lake. The kitchen offers 20+/-' of oak cabinets which opens into the dining room, the two bedrooms both have …

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Lots for Sale:

Presque Isle Lake
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Acres: 10.0
Presque Isle
Frontage: 472
Shoreline: Sand,

   Over 400 feet of prime frontage and 10 acres on1,200 acre Presque Isle Lake and the Presque Isle Chain! Presque Isle is a deep, clear water lake with excellent fishing and plenty of open water area for water sports as well as back bays for canoeing and kayaking…

Harris Lake
Harris Lake lot picture
Acres: 1.5
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
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
Harris Lake lot picture
Acres: 2.4
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…

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Manitowish Waters Lakes:

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Lake Name Access Acres Type Distance Avg Depth Clarity Chain
Rest Lake Public 655 Drainage 2 min 18 ft 11.2 ft Manitowish Waters
Presque Isle Lake Public 1165 Drainage 22 min 37 ft 23.0 ft Presque Isle
Clear Lake Public 515 Spring 10 min 16 ft 11.2 ft --
North Turtle Lake Public 359 Drainage 14 min 21 ft 7.3 ft Winchester
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
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
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 --
Island Lake Public 1023 Drainage 11 min 13 ft 10.5 ft Manitowish Waters
Katinka Lake Semi-Private 170 Drainage 20 min 26 ft 19.0 ft --
Lake Adelaide Public 57 Drainage 24 min 35 ft 9.0 ft --
Manitowish Lake Public 506 Drainage 6 min 23 ft 10.2 ft Manitowish Waters
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 15.0 ft --
Papoose Lake Public 422 Spring 12 min 28 ft 15.0 ft --
Alder Lake Public 264 Drainage 10 min 16 ft 11.8 ft Manitowish Waters