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Sherman Lake paddle with Susan Knight & John Bates

July 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Paddle wild Sherman Lake in southern Iron County with Susan Knight, director of the Trout Lake limnology station, and John Bates, naturalist and author. Sherman Lake is 126 acres and is a beautiful, completely undeveloped, wild lake.

Sherman Lake has a boat landing, so no carry-in is necessary. Participants need to minimally bring a kayak or canoe, paddle, and PFD. Binoculars and cameras are advised if you feel safe paddling with them. Bring water and snacks as needed. There are no facilities at Sherman Lake. Mosquitoes can be difficult at the landing, but once on the water, they are usually fine.

To get to the Sherman Lake boat landing, from the intersection of Hwy. 51 and Hwy. 47/182 in Manitowish, go about 5.9 miles to an unmarked dirt road with a boat landing sign (the boat landing sign may only be visible from the south), turn left, and go 0.8 miles on a single-track, potholed dirt road to a boat landing. The dirt road is part of the Powell Marsh ski/hiking trail.

Meet at the Sherman Lake Boat Landing at 10:00 a.m.

**Please note: The event is free and open to all, but there is a limit of 10 boats. Please RSVP on Meetup, and just RSVP once per boat, not per person. Thanks!**

Susan Knight is the interim director of Trout Lake Station, a field station for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Limnology in Boulder Junction. Her work involves research on aquatic invasive plants, aquatic plant identification, plant surveys, and technical review of statewide lake management plans. She is fascinated by bogs and is especially fond of bladderworts and other carnivorous plants.

John Bates is the author of nine books and a contributor to seven others, all of which focus on the natural history of the Northwoods. He’s worked as a naturalist in Wisconsin’s Northwoods for 30 years, leading an array of trips all designed to help people further understand the remarkable diversity and beauty of nature, and our place within it.


July 29
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Category:


Sherman Lake
WI United States


Iron County Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts (ICORE)