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Things to see and do in Manitowish Waters


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Located in western Vilas County, Manitowish Waters is home to great lakes, lots of options for family fun and the site of a notorious FBI shootout.

Want to find great lakes, a place for family fun and the site of a notorious FBI shootout? Look no further than Manitowish Waters, located in the northwest corner of Vilas County. Here are a few suggestions on what to see and do once you get there.

Explore the lakes. Manitowish Waters is known for its chain of 10 lakes that encompass more than 4,200 acres of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. The crystal-clear waters offer an abundance of recreation options, from canoeing and kayaking to fishing and boating. The chain of lakes also includes a section of the 44-mile Manitowish River, a great destination for paddlesports.

Take the family to the North Lakeland Discovery Center. Looking for an educational way to experience nature with the family? Visit Manitowish Waters’ North Lakeland Discovery Center, an educational and community center that offers programs and events for visitors of all ages. And don’t forget to check out the 12-mile trail system, which is open to everyone.

Head to Little Bohemia. You can still see the bullet holes in the walls of this traditional Northwoods lodge, which was the site of a shootout between notorious gangster John Dillinger and the FBI in 1934. Little Bohemia serves dinner seven nights a week and breakfast and lunch Friday through Sunday. “Remember,” the lodge’s website says, “Dillinger only left because he had to!”