Wisconsin’s Wild Lakes get profiled in author John Bates new book

MANITOWISH – It was a long process, identifying, finding and describing the most pristine, undeveloped lakes in Wisconsin, not to mention writing a book about all of it.

Naturalist John Bates of Manitowish pored over maps, scrutinized satellite photos and consulted lake experts for years. He created a set of criteria that defined what he considered to be “wild.” He visited nearly every one, most often accompanied by his wife, Mary Burns, usually paddling the waters in a canoe or kayak. He took note of the animals and plants he found, and delved into the natural history of these bodies of water.

It was often tedious work, but it was always a labor of love. The result is a soon-to-be available book, titled “Wisconsin’s Wild Lakes: A Guide to the Last Undeveloped Natural Lakes.”

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