Wisconsin 20212Women's Northwoods Adventure (copy)

Manitowish Waters, WI, USA

GE
56 reviews
Sep 22 - 28, 2022
Group size: 10 - 11
Wisconsin 20212Women's Northwoods Adventure (copy)
Manitowish Waters, WI, USA

56 reviews

Sep 22 - 28, 2022
Group size: 10 - 11

About this trip

Wander up to Wisconsin's Northwoods in October 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 “Up North” experience.  


Ladies, come to the Northwoods for our women's ultimate "Up North" experience. The setting of our adventures is scenic Manitowish Waters in Vilas County, Wisconsin. This is a place known for beautiful nature, friendly communities, and outdoor recreation like canoeing, hiking, biking, and fishing.  


 The Wisconsin Fall Colors Northwoods Women's 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 author John Bates.   


Highlights!

 

Northwoods Outdoor Adventures!


- Explore by pontoon and canoe 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.


Local Experiences:

-Visit a commercial cranberry farm to learn about one of Wisconsin's native fruits. 

-Learn canning basics and make cranberry relish to take home.

-Become bat aware. Learn about bat research and conservation projects and make your own bat roost.

-Try weaving. Make a Cattail place mat with natural materials and learn about the ecological importance of Cattails.



Meals

Meals will 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.

Getting There

By car:

Address: 

North Lakeland Discovery Center

 14006 Discovery Lane • Manitowish Waters, WI 

North Lakeland Discovery Center is about 6 hours north of Chicago. 


By plane:

These airports are within 1-1.5 hours by car of Manitowish Waters:

Ironwood, WI

Rhinelander, WI


Note:

Once I know how many people plan to fly in, then I will help coordinate transportation. You may have to rent a car. 



How difficult in this trip?

 

As with all women’s adventure programs, this Wisconsin adventure is designed to give you a chance to step outside your comfort zone so that you can discover things about yourself, as well as learn about the Northwood Ecosystem. 

When considering this trip, please do consider your physical limitations, likes and dislikes, and interests but don’t decide not to do this trip because you don’t “think” you can do it, or because you “don’t want to hold anyone back.”  


The group is small and designed to accommodate the participants. The activities were designed to give you the right amount of challenge supplemented with abundant support in the form of an outstretched hand, shared laughs, and words of encouragement. 


Know your limits and communicate them to your guide, but also let us give you ideas about how we can help you do any activity on this trip if you have the desire to do so.


Hikes are easy to moderate and are unpaved. Expect uneven terrain and gradual 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 the electric assist bikes to give them an extra boost with little effort.

Lodging

Our home base for the week is North Lakeland Discovery Center on the shores of Statehouse Lake. The property is a serene lake setting perfect for an early morning cast from the boat dock, or nature walk on 12 miles of hiking trails including a self-guided birding adventure.  From our base, we will venture out each day to explore the surrounding area's natural wonders including a trip up the shores of Lake Superior. 


Sleeping accommodations:

2 Bunkhouse Suites each sleeps 4 persons (Muskellunge and Mallard Cabins)

The bunkhouse suites have two bedrooms connected by a small living area. The bedrooms each have two twin beds which are converted bunk beds and also have cubbies for storage. Each bed will be on the ground, not stacked. The two bunkhouse suites are connected by two shared bathrooms (one with walk in shower) and a full kitchen.  There are two toilets and one shower for 6 people AS well as access to bathhouse on the property.


2 Standard Bunkhouses: (Canvasback and Redhead Cabins)

The standard bunkhouses have large rooms with a private bathroom that connects to the other cabins bathroom (could open up the door to share the space or keep it closed to remain private.  One bathroom has two toilets and a walk in shower.  The other bathroom is ADA accessible with one toilet and large walk in shower.  There will be two-three persons per room, each with a bottom bunk. No stacked beds. There will be more beds in a room than people to a room and also include cubbies for storage.


Bedding:

Cabins are heated, but it can get cool at night. Sheets, pillow and pillowcases are provided. Bring your own blanket or sleeping bag.

Bathhouse


The community bathhouse has 5 stall toilets and a shower area.  Individual showers are separated by curtains 


Property Features:

Bunkhouses

Main Lodge with commercial kitchen and large meeting space

Small, Wilderness Lake Access

12 miles of Hiking Trails

Gardens to Explore

Nature Nook with exhibits and live educational animals 

Package Price

Early bird Price $1695

After May 15th $1795

After July 15th $1895


Deposit $500

What’s included

  • Most meals
    6 dinners, 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches
  • Lodging
    6 nights in double occupancy rooms.
  • All schedule activities
  • Local transportation
  • Equipment Rental
  • Airfare
    Participants will arrange their own transportation to North Lakeland Discovery Center
  • Gratuities
    approximately $100-150.
  • 1 Lunch

Available options

Bed in Cabin Suites6 left
$0
Bed in Bunkhouse5 left
$0

Itinerary

Day 1
Welcome to the Northwoods

Participants arrive at the North Lakeland Discovery Center by 3pm.


Dinner at the North Lakeland Discovery Center


Evening Program: Canoe lessons and evening paddle. Participants will learn beginner strokes and techniques of canoeing before a nice evening paddle on a small Northwoods lake.  

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Green Edventures Eco Tours & Safaris
56 reviews
Fun, active, and educational nature-based group eco-adventures for people to connect with wild places and animals in extraordinary environments. Specializing in women's adventure travel groups, and teacher-led student groups. Inquire about custom and co-ed trips.

Reviews

The WI Northwoods Adventure was great. This was my first Green Edventures trip. We had fabulous weather and plenty of activities. I didn't expect the wealth of knowledge and the wonderful leaders. I learned so much about nature and the land and the water and we were so busy - from the geology tour of waterfalls with Mike (who can brag about holding a 4+ billion year old meteorite? Me!), biking with Joe, bog hiking with Mary, mad canoeing with Rod to beat the rain back to the dock, and walking over the eskers in the woods with John, not to forget Licia, Emily, Rachel and Lori on the home front. And speaking of the home front, the meals repeared by Wild Whisk, Lola and (another) Lori, were fantastic. I know I'm forgetting someone, but everyone we met was terrific. It was a great, great week with a lively and fun bunch of women. I hated for it to be over and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Fun times!
By Lauri P for Wisconsin 2021 Women's Northwoods Adventure on 06 Oct, 2021
Gosh Lauri this is equivalent to a standing ovation! Thank you so much for your detailed review of the trip! Our team is so happy you had such a wonderful time. Looking forward to our next Edventure with you.
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DG
This is my second Green Edventures women's tour. I had a small tumble from an E-bike, but it did not stop me from hiking in beautiful State parks, canoeing on fabulous lakes and rivers, touring a cranberry farm, seeing a noted weaver's studio, listening to guides and lecturers share their vast knowledge of the great outdoors, and much more. Great food catered to one's needs, great times, great people. Group leader Lori Anderson kept us organized and moving in a timely manner, so we didn't miss a thing. Rachel and Licia from the Discovery Center were just the best. The only "problem" is choosing which women's tour to go on next!
By Deborah G for Wisconsin 2021 Women's Northwoods Adventure on 02 Oct, 2021
Had a great time rafting the Salmon river. Wonderful group of ladies, great food, awesome guides. Camping was fun. Tents and mattresses very comfortable! Will definitely travel with green edventures in the future!
By KATHLEEN C for Idaho 2021: Main Salmon River Women’s River Rafting Trip on 08 Sep, 2021
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. Looking forward to seeing you in Baja in March!
GE
Amazing trip in a lot of ways! The Aggripah staff were wonderful cooks and guides. The scenery was out of this world. The experience of being in the wilderness will never be forgotten. My mettle was tested when it got very cold and windy, heavy dry bags to pack, and sleeping on the hard ground before I realized how the Thermarest was suppose to work. Meeting different types of women all over the U.S. with different thought patterns and lives than mine was eye opening. It was a demanding trip yet doable and educational. I believe the trip has strengthen my character. I would highly recommend the trip but the trip is not for the faint hearted!
By Ida B for Idaho 2021: Main Salmon River Women’s River Rafting Trip on 02 Sep, 2021
Thanks for taking the time to write your review, Ida. It was nice to meet you and glad you will have lifelong memories of your trip to Idaho on your first Green Edventures trip. The water condition in August were perfect and provided the right amount of float time with some exciting rapids, which you even took a solo run in a kayak! I know you had some experience already, but kudos to you!!! I would like to say to anyone reading this that our trips are meant to help you step outside your comfort zone. You will always be in an environment where you can ask for and receive help (e.g. equipment use and instruction). Wilderness experiences can be unpredictable, that is the nature of wilderness. We work very hard to minimize risk and increase their comfort by making sure everyone is prepared by providing an extremely detailed packing list. This way, participants have the right clothing and they don't bring too much stuff. We camp 4 nights and it is a team effort to unload all of the gear from the boats to the beach. The more efficient you are at packing the lighter your load. Regardless of what you bring, there is help available if you ask. Idaho in August can be cold and hot, and windy. Plan for it all.
GE
I absolutely loved this Salmon River rafting trip with Tara Short and Green Edventures. Tara is very experienced in providing the perfect vacation adventure and always teams up with excellent partners such as Aggipah River Rafters. I loved the entire experience and enjoyed the challenges getting there and along the River but always felt safe. Great, great food, highly skilled and super friendly staff and other partners made the trip so memorable! Thanks once again Tara!
By Ellyn C for Idaho 2021: Main Salmon River Women’s River Rafting Trip on 01 Sep, 2021
thank you so much Ellyn! Is this trip number 6?? Thank you so much for your support and for being you!
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I just returned from the Wisconsin Women's Tour and couldn't have asked for a better trip! For me, the amount and type of activity were perfect. Who know there was so much to discover practically in my own backyard?
By Cynthia Casey W on 22 Oct, 2020