The Manitowish Waters Skiing Skeeters water ski club is one of the oldest amateur water ski clubs in the U.S. Established in the late 1950s, the Manitowish Water Boat Club formally took the name Skiing Skeeters in 1961 and created a show site on Rest Lake. The first statewide barefoot tournament held in the U.S. was sponsored by the Skeeters in 1964. The Skeeters won the team event and kept that title for the next five years. National publicity of the event established Manitowish Waters as the ‘Barefoot Capitol of the Midwest.’ In 1967, the Skeeters emerged as State Champs in the first ever state water ski show tournament. The Skeeters produced a National Barefoot Champion, Caleb Feiereisen, who was later inducted into the Wisconsin Water Ski Hall of Fame in the late 1990s.
The show relocated to a new site on Rest Lake in 1987, and continues to provide fun, family entertainment from Mid-June through mid-August each summer. Donations collected from the shows help with the club’s operating costs, new & replaced equipment, gas, boat maintenance, etc. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for your comfort, or watch from your boat on Rest Lake! Monday night try-outs during the show season.
Wednesday and Saturday, 7 p.m., mid-June through mid-August (plus a special July 4th show at 7 p.m.)
Location: Rest Park (CTH W, 1.2 miles north of Hwy. 51 across from the North Lakeland Discovery Center).
The Skiing Skeeters Water Ski Club is a non-profit and donations are deductible as allowed by law. Please consult our tax advisor. Donations collected at all the shows and various fundraisers through the summer season help fund the club’s various operating expenses.