Thursday, November 3, 2022 / by Julie Winter-Paez
So, if you're thinking of moving to Winchester Vilas County Wisconsin, there are a few things you should know. It's a great place to live, raise a family, and retire. You'll find that Winchester Vilas County Wisconsin is a great place to call home.
Winchester is the northernmost part of Vilas County. Just north of us is Michigan's Upper Peninsula. We've got Manitowish Waters, we've got Iron County on the other side and we're kind of nestled at the northern part of Vilas County. This is a very pristine section of the Northwoods with some really great lakes and chains. Quieter town but a really, really lovely spot with some pristine waters and some really neat unique features up here. This area was started in 1893, I think the first resort was actually called the Divide Resort and initially this little town was called Divide, Wisconsin and by the time Walter Winchester came here in the early 1900, it went from the township of Divide to what is now currently known as Winchester, Wisconsin. This was a very heavy logging industry until the early 1920s and initially it was a very frequented resort town with the first resort, as I said, being in the early late 18th hundred known as Divide Resort, which was right between North and South Turtle Lakes.
Winchester covers over 34,000 acres and it's covered by lakes, with 34 named and 29 unnamed. So over 60 lakes in the township of Winchester. Almost 80% is wooded and over 6,000 acres of public land is part of the Northern-Highland American Legion State Forest here. The township of Winchester is 53.6 square miles, of which, 48.1 square miles of it is land, and 5.5 square miles of it is water. It's really a great little spot to be in.
One of the area attraction in Winchester is designated in 1999, three acre Mary Lake is one of very few known meromictic lakes in Wisconsin. Meromixis, the permanent thermal stratification of the water, results from the lake having an extremely small surface area in comparison to the depth. Mary Lake has a small 3 acre surface and a disproportionately very deep 67 foot depth. Therefore, Mary Lake never “turns over” and circulates as the water temperature changes in the spring and fall as is typical of most other Wisconsin lakes. Instead, the lake stays stratified creating unusual chemical and biological layers. So little hidden gems like this are all over northern Wisconsin. Again, up here, like in all of northern Wisconsin, if you're looking for places to getaway to, to enjoy exactly what you're seeing behind me, and you hear very little outside. No cars, no traffic, no nothing. This is another great place to check out in the beautiful up north of Wisconsin.
Next stop in Winchester is the Community Park, which sits right at the Turtle River. Right at the base of the river, it's got this gray blue locking bridge. There's a little pier down there that's been donated for fishing. A beautiful, serene setting that also has play areas, basketball courts. You've got your picnic pavilion over there and your swing sets. Really look at this beautiful thing about doing these videos at this time there, look at the fall colors. Spectacular. But here we are at the Winchester town heart. You've got grills out here, basketball court, this volleyball court. Pretty scenic walking area. You could sit here and drop a fishing pole in the lake. It's a really beautiful spot. Great place to spend an afternoon as a family gathering, enjoying the beautiful serenity of northern Wisconsin.
Population of Winchester is roughly 528, so that is 9 people per square mile, or aka population density. So again, if you're looking for remote, fresh air, seeing the sky, seeing the stars, but not a huge population density, Winchester, Wisconsin, has all of that for you.
So when we talk about location as far as snow belts, this is a heavy snow area. On average, all of Vilas County are like down in the southern part of Eagle River. We get about 58 inches of snowfall per year. Just going that much north, you get 78 inches of snowfall per year. So they're much more in a heavier snow area than we are, just 1 hour south. And Winchester is fed by three major highways, highway O, Highway W, and Highway J, which take you down to Manitowish Waters and eventually down to Highway 51. Highway O heads up into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Wakefield. And then Highway W goes obviously towards the Presque Isle area and National Forest land. You can see all of the Great Lakes here's, North and South Turtle. This is where we were sitting on that little bridge right between the two lakes where we believe that first resort was. You've got Birch Lake, Harris Lake, Catherine Lake, and of course, the Three Lake chain of the Turtle chain of Lake, which is north, south and Rock. A couple of main airports. Generally, people that are in this neck of the woods will fly out of Boulder Junction Airport or you would go down to the Lakeland Memorial Airport. Also the school system. You would go to elementary school in North Lakeland Elementary, which is grades K4-8. And then you would go to Lakeland Union High School down in Minocqua for your high school. And then you would also take the Highway 51 south to go to Marshfield, Aspirus and Howard Young HealthCare Centers, which are about 30 minutes away. So that's just a little bit more about the logistics and the makeup of Winchester.
And if you're looking for any more information on Winchester or really any area in northern Wisconsin, just give me a call. I would love to be of assistance and help guide you through the process of relocating and learning more about the beautiful up north Wisconsin. Have a fantastic day and see you soon in the Northwoods.