Life IS All Here in Manitowoc County!


Some locals will tell you we are a Great Place on a Great Lake!  That is certainly true. 

Manitowoc County is a unique place with a mix of natural and man-made assets that cannot be matched.  We have a deep martime heritage leading to industrial growth and are one of the top manufacturing areas in the U.S.  We are a top tourism destination with one of only two working car ferries on Lake Michigan, providing great access to cities throughout eastern Wisconsin and Michigan.


  • Unmatched Access to Lake Michigan

  • Great River & Inland Lakes Access

  • Available Public Lands & Conservation Areas

  • Great Parks and Public Areas

  • Quaint Downtowns and Shopping

  • Abundant Jobs

  • Affordable Housing

  • Great Schools

  • Plenty of Youth Activities & Programs

  • Pet Friendly

  • Unique Museums & Local Entertainment

  • Safe, Clean Communities 


We are a  growing community that is not only amazing to visit,  but even better to live, learn, work and play.  

Just ask anyone, young or old, and they will surely say that Life’s All Here in Manitowoc County!



Great News in Manitowoc County from

We are pleased to have Seehafer Broadcasting and as our Major Media Partner for the site.  Here is just a sampling of some of the good news and positive things that are going on in Manitowoc County.  Click on the headline link to get the full story and more of what is going on in Manitowoc County and beyond.  These stories are brought to you by


Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and Lakeshore Big Band to Host Show with Broadway Singer and Hollywood Actress

January 15, 2020 02:00 pm

Lakeshore News


The Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and Lakeshore Big Band are teaming up to welcome Manitowoc native back home for a show.

Emily Kosloski is a Lincoln High School graduate who holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Northwestern University.

Woodland Dunes Nature Center Undergoing Expansion

January 06, 2020 02:00 pm

Lakeshore News


Progress is well underway for the first major renovation project in 3-decades at the Woodland Dunes Nature Center in Two Rivers.

The work by Hamann Construction of Manitowoc includes a new entrance hallway to the Nature Center,


Larrabee Sportsmans Club Hosts 37th Annual Ice Fishing Derby

January 17, 2020 08:00 pm

Lakeshore News


The Larrabee Sportsmans Club will host their 37th annual ice fishing derby on HARPTS LAKE February 1st and 2nd.  The entry fee is only $5, and tickets are available at the clubhouse located on Harpts Lake. Derby will run from 6 am February 1st, and conclude at 2 pm on February 2nd. Festivities will begin with a perch fish fry Friday evening January 31st starting at 4:30 pm. (more, click headline)


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Six Great, Locally Owned Stations Serving Manitowoc County and Beyond

This a unique area with unique media. Seehafer Broadcasting has a long history in the community and has partnered with virtually every organization  grow and advance.  The company has grown and improved tools and technology to better serve the area. Seehafer News covers local & state news. Voted the 2018 Best Website by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. Stay informed of local news, sports and events. News that is understandable and informative, at no cost to you. No pop-up ads, just reliable, relevant content at & on the Seehafer News App. You can find what you need for both news and music right here!


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WEMP 98.9 FM Easy Listening music with a clean sound. The music library is extensive; you’ll hear sounds you remember but haven’t heard on the radio in decades!

WLTU Hot Country 92.1 FM emphasizes popular, current songs and mixes in top songs from the 1990s and 2000s.

WLKN "Lake 98.1" serves Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Calumet Counties. Lake 98.1 programs an Adult Contemporary format with the best songs from yesterday and today. Special programming includes America's #1 nighttime radio host, Delilah at Night, every night from 7 pm to Midnight.

WOMT - 1240 Radio is the longstanding, number one rated radio station in Manitowoc County and features a talk radio format with adult contemporary music, award-winning local news, severe weather coverage and local sports.

WQTC – Q102.3 FM is Classic Rock! Q102 has just the right mix of pop and rock hits from the `60s, `70s, and `80s, without the dance, R&B, and Motown.

WCUB 980 AM offers 5,000 watts of Classic Country sound that covers 17 counties in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan! WCUB feature’s local news & sports, farm news, up to date weather forecasts & cancellations, fishing reports, NASCAR racing, live reports from local festivals and events, and all the great Classic Country music you love to sing along to.

Community Information Sources

The following are other information sources for local news and updates in Manitowoc County:


Gannett Newspapers -  Herald Times Reporter

Entertainment News - The Entertainer

Manitowoc County at a glance!

Check out these full guides from the Chamber of Manitowoc County

and the Manitowoc Area Visitor & Convention Bureau.














Our History

Life in Manitowoc County boasts a rich heritage dating back to 1836, when it became an official county, even before Wisconsin earned its statehood.  Our name itself is rich in heritage, and means “dwelling of the great spirit.”  According to excerpts from the Wisconsin Historical Society, Manitowoc county is located at the base of the Door Peninsula on Lake Michigan. Indians had occupied the area for centuries before the French laid claim to the land in the seventeenth century.

In 1779, Samuel Robertson became the first European to explore Manitowoc when he traveled from Milwaukee to meet a friend at a place called "Twin Rivers,” which today is the City of Two Rivers (the home of the West and East Twin Rivers). Jacques Vieau (1757-1853) came to the area in 1795 looking for places to establish trading posts for the Northwestern Fur Company.  Preparations for a permanent settlement at Manitowoc began in 1836 with the creation of a town plat. The first to settle were lumberman. Several mills were established along the Manitowoc River. Despite boasting a population of 2000 people by 1855, Manitowoc's neighbor to the north, Two Rivers, overshadowed the city's early years in industry and commerce.

The area's population fluctuated greatly over the next decades. When the railroad came, many settlers moved further west. A huge influx of Bohemians, Germans and Poles in the 1870s helped Manitowoc county’s population rebound.  Manitowoc's location on a natural harbor helped the area grow. Shipbuilding took root in the mid-19th century, mostly of various lake schooners and clippers. The establishment of the Manitowoc Dry Dock Company in 1902 led to the building of steel vessels and its famed submarine industry during World War II.

Since then, our county of 82,000 residents has grown considerably and ventured into many new areas of economic vitality. From large national companies to small but successful family -owned businesses, the economy is robust and climbing every day. We have become a truly great community situated on the Great Lake Michigan. Manitowoc County is a unique place with a mix of natural and man-made assets that cannot be matched anywhere else. We are a top tourism destination with one of only two working car ferries on Lake Michigan.

Our best asset is our people. We are a community of hard-working, proud people, who are passionate to call this our home. We work hard to maintain our rich culture but stay ahead of the curve when it comes to innovative industry settings, retail establishments, entertainment and vibrant way of living.

Learn more - Historical Society

Manitowoc County Government Connections


Here is a single source and simple way to connect to governments across Manitowoc County.   These sites provide a variety of information to help you access government services, attend public input sessions and more.  Let us know if you have a need that is not addressed in these links:




  1. City of Manitowoc - Manitowoc Link

  1. City of Two Rivers - Two Rivers Link

  1. City of Kiel - Kiel Link

  1. Village of Mishicot - Mishicot Link

  1. Village of Reedsville - Reedsville Link

  2. Village of Valders - Valders Link

  3. Manitowoc County - Manitowoc County Link


Connect with Your Faith

Churches and Faith are important parts of any community.  The area is filled with great options to express your faith and find others who share your beliefs.  Learn how to connect to your faith whether you live here or are visiting our area.

Find a Church in Manitowoc County