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Get an up-close look at Vilas County’s cranberry farms


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See where some of Wisconsin's top crops are harvested on a cranberry marsh tour in Vilas County.

Cranberry Harvest Tour

See where some of Wisconsin’s top crops are harvested on a cranberry marsh tour in Vilas County.

Head to Manitowish Waters in fall—that’s harvest season for cranberries in northern Wisconsin—as harvest goes into full swing (generally late September through mid-October), the bogs are flooded and become a sea of crimson red.

Manitowish Waters Cranberry Marsh Tours take place every Friday until early October, starting at 10am. Meet on the porch at Cranberry Square Market, located at 12825 Alder Lake Road, Manitowish Waters, WI 54545. Enjoy an educational video, question and answer session, free samples, and a tour of the marshes by local grower, Vilas County Cranberry. Call 715-543-2778 for more information.

The remaining four local marshes (Bartling’s Manitowish Cranberry, Indermuehle’s Alder Lake Cranberry, Folsom Farm and Rayala Cranberry) do not accommodate drive-throughs; however, you can see some of the bogs as you drive along Alder Lake Rd.

Find more Manitowish Waters events and visitor information, including places to stay, here.

If you’re up for a drive, head to Lake Nokomis Cranberries in Eagle River (about 45 minutes southeast of Manitowish Waters) to take a guided tour of the marsh, visit the winery and check out the Cranberry Wine & Gift Shop.

See a driving tour of Vilas County’s cranberry marshes here.