Cranberry Harvest Tour

Get an up-close look at Vilas County’s cranberry farms

Published: May 27, 2021

See where some of the state’s top crops are harvested on a cranberry marsh tour in Vilas County.

Head to Manitowish Waters in fall—that’s harvest season for cranberries—for free cranberry marsh tours starting at the Manitowish Waters Community Center, 5733 Airport Road. As harvest goes into full swing (generally late September through mid-October), the bogs are flooded and become a sea of crimson red.

The free, hourlong tours start at 10am Friday; no reservations are required. Tours are held rain or shine.

The tour includes a video about the cranberry harvesting process, cranberry samples and a Q&A. Visitors can then drive over to the Vilas Cranberry Company and take a tour, which may include an up-close look at the bogs and the harvesting process, depending on when you make your trip. All ages welcome. You can also visit the Cranberry Square Farm Market and Gift Shop for unique cranberry and Northwoods gifts and foods.

The remaining four local marshes (Bartling’s Manitowish Cranberry, Indermuehle’s Alder Lake Cranberry, Folsom Farm and Rayala Cranberry) do not accommodate drive-throughs; however, you can see some of the bogs as you drive along Alder Lake Rd.

Find more Manitowish Waters events and visitor information, including places to stay, here.

If you’re up for a drive, head to Lake Nokomis Cranberries in Eagle River (about 45 minutes southeast of Manitowish Waters) to take a guided tour of the marsh, visit the winery and check out the Cranberry Wine & Gift Shop.

See a driving tour of Vilas County’s cranberry marshes here.