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Manitowoc, WI

“Wisconsin’s Maritime Capitol”

Snuggled up against the shores of Lake Michigan, Manitowoc, Wisconsin was once called by Native Americans “Mundeowk, Home of the Good spirit”.

It was so named because of its beautiful rivers and harbors. Humble beginnings as a trading post founded by the Northwest Fur Company in 1795 led to the official founding of Manitowoc in 1836. Shipbuilding and related maritime activities have always played a major role in the development of the city – from early wooden sailing ships to submarines during World War II and modern day vessels.

Today, the S.S. Badger – the only upscale passenger vessel still sailing on the Great Lakes – makes Manitowoc her only Wisconsin port. But Manitowoc is much more than that. Her rich history is complemented by top-notch museums, performing arts, parks, and numerous other attractions. But perhaps her best asset is her people: caring, friendly, and helpful. Join them in Manitowoc – Wisconsin’s Maritime Capitol ! It’s a trip and a visit you should definitely plan to make.

R. Karl

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Just the Facts

  • Population: 34,727 (2005)
  • Elevation: 606 feet
  • Land area:  16.9 sq mi
  • Water area: N/A (on Lake Michigan)
  • Zip code: 54220
  • County: Manitowoc


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R. Karl

Angler, Author & Epicure

Fishing since the age of eight.  Seriously writing since the age of 16. Chef and foodie from the age of 22 years… and counting. So much to learn and so little time. I have enjoyed every minute of it all.  Whether on the water (where I like it best), in the kitchen, or at the keyboard, churning out content, I feel like I have found my place.  I am sharing it with you in the hope that some of what I love to do will rub off on you. I hope to see you On the Lake!

R. Karl