Billing itself as the “Home of the Tiger Musky,”the quaint town of Manitowish Waters is surrounded by the superb Manitowish Chain of Lakes – 10 great fishing lakes, all interconnected by navigable channels. These are beautiful waters, graced with crystal clear depths. Walleye, muskie, smallmouth bass, northern pike and crappie are top choices for the chain, and its trophy reputation for huge muskie is well deserved, especially for those braving the cold winds of late fall. Apart from the chain, other lakes in the area range in size from the wilderness pothole to mid-size lakes like Big, Papoose and Dead Pike that offer great walleye, muskie and smallmouth bass opportunities.
Manitowish Waters lives up to its name, with its 4,000+ acres of water making it a great place not just for fishing, but also for swimming, canoeing, water skiing, and boating. Wintertime sees the are transformed into an icy playground for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.
With several great bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, resorts, rental properties, and motels in the area, Manitowish Waters has no shortage of lodging options, in every price range. The shops in town offer fishing and marine equipment, gifts, general merchandise, paintings and sculptures by local artists, as well as various products made from the region’s famous cranberries. Local restaurants serve everything from delicious submarine sandwiches to Cajun cooking, as well as more typical family-restaurant and pub fare.
Towns: Manitowish Waters
Bodies of Water: Island, Manitowish, Clear, Alder, Stone, Rest, Little Star, Fawn, Wild Rice, Spider, Big, Papoose, Dead Pike