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Address: 215 County Highway W, Manitowish Waters, WI 54545
Phone Number: (877) 543-2085
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

The North Lakeland Discovery Center is your connection to the Northwoods of...

The North Lakeland Discovery Center is your connection to the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Nestled on 63-acres within the NH-AL State Forest the Discovery Center offers countless opportunities to explore the Northwoods. With our twelve miles of hiking, biking, groomed skiing, and snowshoe trails you can wander through large pine and maple forests, see bogs and lakes and even get stunning views of the beautiful Manitowish River.We have a Nature Nook where your entire family can touch, feel and experience many of the amazing resources of the area. Other drop-in activities include kayaking, canoeing and fishing on pristine Statehouse Lake. And with naturalists on staff, our programs offer learning adventures for adults, family and children. Visit our website for more details!

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A beautiful taste of Northwoods Wilderness

A great place to explore the north woods on trails, by canoe, snowshoeing, etc. There are lots of great nature programs for kids and adults. Also a breathtaking venue for a rustic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 31, 2015
Beloit, Wisconsin
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Beloit, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

A great place to explore the north woods on trails, by canoe, snowshoeing, etc. There are lots of great nature programs for kids and adults. Also a breathtaking venue for a rustic wedding.

Thank hge64
Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

The Discovery Center is a little gem in the heart of the Manitowish Chain of Lakes. It is a four season hub of activity with a nature center for kids, well groomed outdoor hiking and biking, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing trails; on-going classes and seminars; space available for over-night stays as well as for weddings and baquets; all seated... More 

Thank Linda G
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Beautiful bike trails. This is a real hidden gem - the trails are nicely groomed. We were pleasantly surprised.

Thank Stefanie H
Lake Zurich, Illinois, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This place is literally heaven on earth! We could not be more pleased with the grounds, Directors House and staff. Lynn is an angel and will make sure that you are comfortable and pleased with your entire experience planning a wedding there!

Thank Alexandra N
Chicago, IL
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88 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Nice scenery and good place to walk around. People have weddings there, they host summer camps, and you can be outside and enjoy the weather. Many hiking trails.

Thank cheerfultraveler41
Jackson, Wisconsin
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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

This has been one of the best additions to the Manitowish Waters community. The hiking/snowshoeing/skiing trails around the lake are great! We have been scared by deer running through the woods, seen woodpeckers, and picked wild blueberries all in the same hike. The programs for both youths and adults are educational and entertaining. The Director's House is a great 2... More 

Thank Lilly1278
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

This place is quite beautiful. If you like birdwatching it is definitely a nice place. The trails are relatively well maintained so you don't have to constantly look down to make certain of your footing--keep your head up to search for birds! Plus, the variety of trail lengths makes it a nice place to take children of all ages. If... More 

Thank Macbe
Madison, Wisconsin
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

My wife and I recently tied the knot at the NLDC over labor day weekend. What an unbelievable experience! Lynn Wildes is the social coordinator and guided us through the process of hosting our wedding there. We did the entire event from our pre-engagement party the day before the wedding (hosted at the directors house, where I recommend the bride... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

I've visited twice in recent years, and the facilities and programs keep getting better. I love walking the various trails, which include both short and longer options Lots of interpretive stations. Better yet if you go with a nature center guide or naturalist. They have lots of facilities for meetings, cabins for overnight or group events. Lots of winter activities,... More 

Thank Jean L
Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

We found the Center almost by accident in a visitor guide, and ended up enjoying the best day of our whole summer there! We visited on a weekday, and since there was no regular programming going on, we had the whole place practically to ourselves. We hiked all the trails and enjoyed a picnic lunch on the beautiful, well-kept grounds.... More 

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