- Presque Isle & Winchester, WI -
The Wilderness Pedalers established as a 501c3 nonprofit organization in 2015. Our purpose is to develop safe bike trails that connect the communities of Presque Isle and Winchester to the Heart of the Vilas County Bike Trail, a 45-mile off-road paved trail system linking multiple Northwoods' communities. The Pedalers are also guided by a master plan that further develops looped trails and routes within Presque Isle and Winchester. Contact Us to Learn More
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- Presque Isle, WI -
Presque Isle's rich history includes booming logging days, vacation resorts, sportsman's traditions and more. History reports that nearly 300 years ago, two French priests, leading a missionary expedition through unchartered waters, were shipwrecked and marooned on the shores of Lake Superior. The party pitched their camp at the mouth of a river and survived the winter. During the spring thaw and high water, they found themselves on "Almost an Island." They christened the river "Presque Isle." In later years, peoples traveled upstream to the headwaters and found our largest lake, beautiful Presque Isle Lake, and soon the whole area became known as Presque Isle.
As it is today, our township, with 77 square-miles and over 80 lakes, translated from the French words is truly "Almost an Island." With over 21 islands, our second largest lake, Crab Lake, is acclaimed by many to be the most beautiful in the state. The Presque Isle area is on top of the watershed - high on the divide - and with our elevation up to over 1800 feet, we enjoy many of Nature's privileges.
- Winchester, WI -
Winchester is located in the northwest corner of Vilas County, bounded by Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to the north, Iron County to the west, the Town of Presque Isle to the east and the Town of Manitowish Waters to the south.
Winchester covers over 34,000 acres and is covered by lakes, with 34 named and 29 unnamed. Almost 80% of the town’s area is wooded, and we have more than 6,000 acres of public land as part of the Northern-Highland American Legion State Forest.
Winchester is a small community most of the year, with approximately 400-500 permanent residents. Like many towns in the Northwoods, the summer population rises to approximately 3000 seasonal residents. The area is perfect for summer activities like fishing, boating, biking and hiking.