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
Birch Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4.5
Sq Ft: 3,100

   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
Harris Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 5.0
Sq Ft: 5,200

   REDUCED! Harris Lake Luxury Estate on 2.24 acres w/211' of sand frontage! Completely updated including painting inside and out, new flooring, new fixtures, new furnace and much more. Great AirBnB opportunity with over $130K in bookings! The grand entrance leads…

Island Lake
Island Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.0
Sq Ft: 2,400
Boulder Junction

   MANITOWISH CHAIN GEM - This cozy full log home is on Island Lake, and on one of the best chains in WI, with 20+ miles of shoreline to view. The home has 3+ bedrooms, 2 baths, walk-in tub, great floor plan. It features a beautiful 50 yr metal roof, large covered…

North Turtle Lake
North Turtle Lake house picture
Accepted Offer

   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.…

Presque Isle Lake
Presque Isle Lake house picture
Accepted Offer

   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…

South Turtle Lake
South Turtle Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1.0
Sq Ft: 1,120

   Located at 7824 Townsite Rd, this beautiful home is on the Turtle Chain with plenty to offer. Access to snowmobile trails throughout Vilas County, near the notorious WinMan hike/bike/ski system, fishing with plenty of lakes that surround the area, close access …

South Turtle Lake
South Turtle Lake house picture
Accepted Offer

   A Great Family Compound on the Turtle Lake Chain (3 lakes), near Manitowish Waters & Winchester. Formerly known as Bear Lodge, an iconic bar and restaurant, this facility is now being utilized as a residence. Set on a 3.59-acre lot with 75.5' of west facing san…

Papoose Lake
Papoose Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1.0
Sq Ft: 921

   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…

-- Gold Bar Mailer --
Enter your name/email for new listing notifications.

Lots for Sale:

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 …

Presque Isle Lake
Presque Isle Lake lot picture
Accepted Offer

   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…

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…

Birch Lake
Birch Lake lot picture
Acres: 3.3
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
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…

Birch Lake
Birch Lake lot picture
Acres: 4.7
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…

Birch Lake
Birch Lake lot picture
Acres: 1.7
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
Birch Lake lot picture
Acres: 1.9
Frontage: 427
Shoreline: Sand,

   Incredible privacy parcel on the shores of Birch Lake! Southern exposure and relaxing lake views are what you’ll find from the level building site of this park-like waterfront property. Birch Lake is a full-rec lake and measures over 500 acres, with depths to 4…

-- Gold Bar Mailer --
Enter your name/email for new listing notifications.

Manitowish Waters Lakes:

Click on Category Name to Sort

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