It’s easy to see why the woods & waters of northern Wisconsin called out to adventuous outdoor recreationists nearly 100 years ago. Callaway & Pripps described many of the wonderous canoe routes in the region in Outer’s Book, May 1914. Warren Bullock follows a route known as the “Horsehead Circle” from Cisco Lake to Horsehead Lake and then back to Cisco by a different route.
I am a little curious about the dam Bullock mentions on the Manitowish River downstream from Fistrap Lake. The dam was constructed of rock, mud and timber in the late 1800’s probably to facilitate moving saw logs to mills. A recent canoe trip posted on www.paddling.net reported that the dam is still in place, long after its intended purpose has faded from memory. Maybe the fish species have forgotten that they could once migrate freely up and down this corridor.
Bullock, and the trip details from Calloway & Pripps, provide enough specifics so that today’s canoers could follow a similar path through this beautiful country.
Here are some ads from the 1916 Field & Stream.