Sunday, June 10, 2012

Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters

My family and I spent the weekend in the northwoods. We camped in Lac du Flambeau (Broken Bow Campground) and spent some time driving around the area. We ate breakfast at Little Bohemia, known for the John Dillinger shootout and featured in the movie Public Enemies. Our waitress gave us a tip to stop in at the Discovery Center, just a short drive from the restaurant. 
When we got there, we were pleasantly surprised and excited to be there. We were greeted by one of the people working on the grounds and she filled us in on all of the things to do. There was a nature center with a few animals and some learning tools for the kids. There were miles and miles of various trails. We hiked just one of them, called the Interpretive Trail. There were little stations along the trail that shared information about the nature around us.
When we returned from the hike, we headed down to the lake. Here they had row boats, canoes and kayaks... FREE to use at your leisure! They also had a full shed of nets, fishing poles and beach toys. Everything was FREE to use. The water was nice and clear and, other than two other people laying on the beach, we were the only ones there. We have no idea if that is typical or not. We would expect the place to be super busy because of how great it was. We weren't going to complain. A whole lake to ourselves... yes, please!
We couldn't get over how immaculate the grounds were. Not a weed in sight, not a blade of grass overgrown or out of place. Even when we went into the bathrooms, they couldn't have been cleaner. The bathrooms were even air conditioned! There was a changing area and several showers in the restrooms as well.
If you're looking for a place to stop and spend the whole day while in northern Wisconsin, the Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters definitely gets our recommendation. They have a beautiful set up that would be perfect for a wedding ceremony as well, overlooking the lake.
Have you been there before? Do you know what I'm talking about? If you visit, please let me know. I'd love to hear how your experience was. 

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