Wisconsin: Women’s Northwoods Adventure (September 22-28, 2022)
Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin
Easy Physical Activity
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Wander up to Wisconsin’s Northwoods and be captivated by fall’s dramatic colors, trek trails rich with history, paddle on sparkling lakes, cycle over cool creeks, harvest from the land, and be part of the beloved tradition known as the “Going Up North.”
Ladies, come “Up North” on our Wisconsin Women’s Northwoods Adventure. Spend a week with friends kicking through leaves on a forest trail, paddling on rivers, soaking up the late summer sun on pontoon boat rides, and eating s’mores by the campfire.
It is a tradition in Wisconsin to go “Up North,” to the family cabin. Our “family cabin,” and base for the week is the North Lakeland Discovery Center on the shores of beautiful Statehouse Lake in Manitowish Waters, WI. The Wisconsin Women’s Northwoods adventure combines a variety of unique outdoor adventures & local experiences led by resident experts including North Lakeland Discovery Center Naturalists, local scientists, business owners, and artists to help you connect with the Northwoods like a local.
By day, fun outdoor adventure activities will introduce participants to the habitats of the Northwoods. At night, participants will learn about various topics that relate to Northwoods ecology and traditions.
Meals will be catered by a local company with emphasis on locally sourced, farm-to-table ingredients. Breakfasts and dinners will take place at the Discovery Center. Lunches will be sacked lunches with the exception of one afternoon out at the historical Little Bohemia restaurant.
As with all women’s adventure programs, this Wisconsin Women’s Northwoods Adventure is designed for the beginner and tailored to the group. Any healthy and active woman can do this trip. There is always abundant support in the form of an outstretched hand, shared laughs, and words of encouragement. Hikes are easy to moderate and are on unpaved paths with uneven terrain and slight inclines. Participants should be able to walk unassisted carrying a light backpack. The bike ride from Manitowish Waters to Boulder Junction is 16 miles on a paved path that is mostly flat. Participants have electric assist bikes to give them an extra boost with little effort.
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- Explore by pontoon the pristine Turtle Flambeau Flowage while in the company of loons, ospreys, and bald eagles.
- Paddle your canoe down Bear River to learn about how the changing river affects local wildlife.
Stretch your legs on two guided hikes that will help you learn about how glaciers influenced Vilas County’s ecological communities and topography.
Relax on a historical tour by pontoon between Spider Lake and Island Lakes. A member of the Historical Society will show photos and tells stories about significant sites connected to pioneers, Native Americans, and even the mobs of Chicago!
Bike with a naturalist from Manitowish Waters to Boulder Junction, winding through various habitats with plenty of stops to talk about local flora and fauna.
Head to big water! Explore Lake Superior’s shoreline and hike to a few nearby waterfalls.
- Fun and informative evening programs led by local experts.
Inclusions & Exclusions
- 6 nights double -triple occupancy.
- All scheduled activities, permits, park fees, and taxes.
- Local transportation.
- Most meals (6 breakfast, 6 dinners, 4 lunches)
- 3 evening programs.
- Rental equipment.
- Airfare / Transportation to North Lakeland Discovery Center
- Gratuity $150 per person
- Travel insurance & medical travel insurance.
- 1 lunch.
Early Bird Price: $1795
After July 15: $1995
Minimum / Maximum Group Size: 10/11
Travel insurance is available and recommended.
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This adventure begins and ends in Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin.
►Where Do We Stay?
- Night 1: North Lakeland Discovery Center
- Night 2: North Lakeland Discovery Center
- Night 3: North Lakeland Discovery Center
- Night 4: North Lakeland Discovery Center
- Night 5: North Lakeland Discovery Center
- Night 6: North Lakeland Discovery Center
►Day 1: Welcome to Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin.
►Day 2: Geology Hike & Bog Sensory Trek & Cranberry Bog Tour
►Day 3: Turtle-Flambeau Pontoon Trip
►Day 4: Bike Ride To Boulder Junction & Canoe Trip with Author John Bates
►Day 5: Bear River Canoe Trip & History Tour by Pontoon Spider/Island Lakes
Breakfast at the Center
►Day 6: Upper Peninsula Day (UP Hey!)
Visit to Saxon Falls, Superior Falls, Lake Superior, Corrigan’s Lookout, possibly one more waterfall
Tour of Stormy Kromer textile factory.
►Day 7: Departure Day
Breakfast at the center.
Move out of cabins by 10:00am. Participants can stay on the property to enjoy the hiking trails before heading on their way.
** Please note: The activities, lodging, guides, and schedule may change without notice as practical considerations arise during program development or onsite. **
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