10 Adventures to Do This Week


With lots of activities to do, plenty of trails to see, and a cooler of beverages to enjoy, here’s a few suggestions for adventures this week.  

Adventure by the water

Take a Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Class on Vance Lake at Coontail in Manitowish Waters. Classes are Friday evening at 4:30 and Saturday morning at 9:30. Register in advance. 


adventure by land

Welcome to cranberry country! Public cranberry marsh tours begin for the season on Friday, July 7th. After learning about Wisconsin's state fruit and the "world's most beautiful harvest", visit Cranberry Square Farm Market for cranberry glass, Bogberry salsa, and, a Northerly favorite, cranberry ice cream. 


adventure by the fork

Enjoy Wisconsin made, Chocolate Shoppe Ice cream served by the friendly faces at What’s The Scoop Ice Cream Shoppe on a hot summer day. Our favorite flavor is This $&@! Just Got Serious in a fresh baked waffle cone.   


adventure by the sip

Boat to The Lower Unit Bar at Greer's Pier Marina for a signature summer cocktail (black mamba is a local favorite) and a game of hammerschlagen!


adventure by the air

Stop by the Manitowish Waters Airport on July 4th to meet the pilots and discover the world of aviation right here in Manitowish Waters (D25), 8am to 3pm.


adventure by the cycle

Bike through the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest to Boulder Junction for lunch on the Heart of Vilas County Bike Trail. Round trip is 32 miles, parking lots are located along the route to shorten the trip.

Northerly favorite: Bike to Boulder Jct for brunch at The Outdoorsman Restaurant, which is gluten free friendly.


adventure by the (fishing) hook

Treat yourself! Pick out a new fishing rod at St. Croix Rods, handcrafted in nearby Park Falls. Take a factory tour to uncover why they’re considered the “Best Rods on Earth”.  


adventure by the slower pace

Locals like to celebrate summer on the water with plenty of live music across the Manitowish Chain! Enjoy local musicians, lakeside, at The Lower Unit Bar & Grill at Greer’s Pier Marina each weekend. Come by car or boat to Music in the Park in Koller Park, happening every Sunday. Enjoy tunes by Bret & Frisk on Friday evenings at White Oak Grill at Chippewa Retreat. Looking for late night jams? The Pea Patch has plenty of that!


adventure by the minivan

Swim in every lake on the Manitowish Chain of 10 Lakes as an annual celebration of summer in northern Wisconsin. Go at your own speed and on your own time (seriously, any day works!) for this local bucket list item. Bonus points if the dip includes a rope swing (we see you, Spider Lake), jumping off a friend’s swim raft, or going down a waterslide (hint: Alder Lake). As you cruise the water trying to complete the task in ONE day, we recommend chatting with the local crowd, learning which sandbars to relax on, where the late night destinations are, and... just maybe, you will make such great friends along the way, you’ll scrap the challenge altogether. But that’s the point, get out and enjoy. 


adventure by the shopping bag

Check out island-inspired, lake-approved clothing in the Dock 'N Shop! Born from a deep love of the Northwoods, this float boutique anchors at various locations on the Manitowish Chain. Having a party or cocktail hour? Have Dock 'N Shop float in for a private shopping experience! 



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