Manitowish Waters

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Wednesday, the DNR approved an application to construct a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the Manitowish River in the town of Manitowish Waters which has drawn opposition.

The 182-foot bridge will be built with private funds to link the Mercer area trails with the Heart of Vilas trails in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest.

A private group pledged $1.5 million to the project. The state Natural Resources Board approved the idea at it's January meeting.

Manitowish River Bridge Public Hearing Draws Crowd

Jan 30, 2018

MANITOWISH WATERS – A dozen people stepped up to the microphone to voice their opinions Monday at a public hearing on a permit request to place a bridge over the Manitowish River to accommodate a future hike/bike path in the township of Manitowish Waters. They were among the 35 citizens who attended the hearing at the Manitowish Waters Community Center. As property owner of the site, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) needs a construction permit.

Bike Trail Hearing Shows Divided Support, Opposition

Jan 14, 2017
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A Manitowish Waters property owner hopes to enlist the support of the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Council in his opposition to a new loop to Manitowish Waters’ popular bike trail.

DNR Plans to Change Rest Lake Dam Flows

Jun 5, 2014

DNR managers are proposing a new operating plan for the Rest Lake dam in Manitowish Waters.  But property owners want more time to give input. 

The draft order calls for reducing the fall water drawdown to 1 foot, compared to the current three-and-a-half foot drawdown.

DNR Northern Region Director John Gozdzialski explains taking out less water in the fall means there will be more water in the winter and early spring. 

Christmas Bird Count May See Fewer Seed-Eaters

Dec 19, 2013
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Manitowish Waters will hold its annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count Saturday. 

Groups throughout the Northwoods and across North America help track long term trends in winter bird populations. 

It’s the twenty first year of the Manitowish Waters count.  Coordinator John Bates says over that time he’s seen significant change in bird populations.  This year he’s expecting low numbers, especially of seed-eating birds that often travel here from Canada.      

Vilas  county authorities have released the name of the man who died in a crash early Thursday morning in the town of Manitowish Waters.

20 year old Ezekiel Jonas of Manitowish Waters was killed in the single-vehicle wreck.

The crash happened near the intersection of Alder Lkae Road and Powell Road. When emergency responders arrived, they found a pickup truck had struck a tree. officials used a metal-cutting tool to pull the truck's driver from the vehicle. The driver was alone in the vehicle.

The Vilas County Coroner's Office pronounced Jonas dead at 2:15 a.m.

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Cool temperatures Sunday night had cranberry growers in northern Wisconsin on frost alert. 

On a chilly night, cranberry bogs can run many degrees colder than the average air temperature on the ground.  Bob Winter runs Vilas Cranberry Company in Manitowish Waters.  He says the mercury would have dipped below freezing in the bogs, if he hadn't turned on water sprinklers to help keep the plants warm.