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“North Woods Nature at its Best” 5 of 5 stars
Review of North Lakeland Discovery Center

North Lakeland Discovery Center
215 County Highway W, Manitowish Waters, WI 54545
(877) 543-2085
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Owner description: 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!
Harshaw, Wisconsin
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“North Woods Nature at its Best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

Wonderful trails, wonderful events and informed staff - this is a great venue for family events in the outdoors in all four seasons.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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“North Lakeland Discovery Center IS THE best way to enjoy the Northwoods”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

My wife and I traveled to the North Lakeland Discovery Center as part of a business trip to learn more about this wonderful facility (I am curator of an internationally acclaimed nature center near Chicago). We met to share new ideas but this was also a great way for my wife and I to enjoy a little weekend getaway....it was one of the greatest weekends we have had in our 20 year marriage. This was our first trip to the Northwoods and all I can say is WOW!! We knew right away we would be in for a treat. The staff were extremely accommodating and the many visitors that day all had smiles from ear to ear. It's a place where you can get away from it all but still enjoy modern day ammenities too. We stayed in the "Director's House" which was an incredible surpise - we highly recommend anyone staying more than a few days to rent this home out. It overlooks a beautiful lake and is surrounding by white pine...it's an outdoorperson's dream vacation. Sarah gave us the red carpet treatment and we greatly enjoyed snow shoeing on the lake. Later that evening my wife and I took the snow shoes our for a midnight nature hike and I was able to call in a couple of Northern Barred Owls. Wildlife is plentiful but the scenery is absolutely magical. The facilities are well maintained, provide a nice intimate feel and the interpretive center is packed with many kid friendly stations where they can touch bio-artifacts....us adults enjoyed it too! The programs are varied and there's something for everyone. We have already booked a follow up weekend for our daughter's graduation and this area is now our favorite place to visit. 5 starts isn't enough....we give it 10!!!

Visited January 2012
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“Great Northwoods Resource”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

Discovery Center has regular naturalist activities that are very well done - with hikes both on and offsite. The cross country ski trails are well maintained in the winter and are maintained well for hiking in the summer. Its real value is the naturalist activities and they are aimed at all ages. This is a wonderful resource. Check out their webiste for more information.

Visited January 2012
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