Top 10 Things to do in Manitowish Waters, United States

March 30, 2018 Alida England

Manitowish Waters is a town in Vilas County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 566 in the 2010 census. The unincorporated community Manitowish Waters, is also located within the town.
Restaurants in Manitowish Waters

1. North Lakeland Discovery Center

215 County Highway W, Manitowish Waters, WI 54545-9090 +1 877-543-2085
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5 based on 34 reviews

North Lakeland Discovery Center

The North Lakeland Discovery Center is your connection to the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Nestled on 63-acres within the NH-AL State Forest the Discovery Center offers countless opportunities to explore the Northwoods. With our twelve miles of hiking, biking, groomed skiing, and snowshoe trails you can wander through large pine and maple forests, see bogs and lakes and even get stunning views of the beautiful Manitowish River.We have a Nature Nook where your entire family can touch, feel and experience many of the amazing resources of the area. Other drop-in activities include kayaking, canoeing and fishing on pristine Statehouse Lake. And with naturalists on staff, our programs offer learning adventures for adults, family and children. Visit our website for more details!

Reviewed By Sarracenia - Norman, Oklahoma

We hiked the bog trail as well as another longer trail in the same area as the bog trail. Nice trails and nice forest. The boardwalk through the bog was not very long, but the bog was nice. We did not see any carnivorous plants in the bog area. The boardwalk will be repaired soon as it has deteriorated some. There were informative signs along the trail. A nice place to take a walk and it is free.

2. WinMan Trails

Intersection of Hwys W and J #6870 County Highway W, Winchester, WI 54557
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WinMan Trails

1300 acre destination for silent sports in Wisconsin's Northwoods: mountain biking, hiking, classic skiing, skate skiing, fat biking, and snowshoeing.

Reviewed By dbannie - Melbourne, Florida

This relatively new trail system up in the North Woods of Wisconsin reveals just how beautifully a track can be planned along the rolling hills and topography of the area. Originally I wasn't planning on hitting Winman, thinking it was a bit out of the way from where we stay in Minocqua, but after a quick trip to the local bike shop (BJ's) the staff couldn't emphasize enough that I needed to check it out.

I'm from Florida so most of my Mountain Bike miles have been on flat, sandy trails where climbing is something we don't often see. Winman however, has you rolling up, over and along the wooded ridges in perfect rhythm. Every climb up a hill, pushes you along with the occasional whoop-dee-do drop to propel you further up making it easy on riders of all abilities and to be perfectly honest, absolute fun! The downhill sections along yellow and green feature some stunning berms, dirt jumps, the occasional technical feature that you can bypass and beautiful scenery that will tempt you to stop and take it in along the way.

Just off yellow you'll fine the Lake Trail (Blue Technical Loop) which offers some fun challenges for the more intermediate riders and a spectacular, bone-shaking rock ramp drop.

Hop onto the hub, and roll through the woods along your way to hit a number of the other trails. The Red Downhill trail is recommended for advanced riders, and with good reason. The occasional rocky feature and tight fit between or over obstacles could be a bit much for some to handle.

Trial and Air offers a more rugged ride through the woods and down the hills, with much less of the buttery flow than you enjoy on yellow.

Green trail is another favorite that branches off the Hub. If you loved yellow, you'll really find Green to be a treat. Berm-city and super flowy, but on a different level. Not so much of the dramatic ups and downs of yellow, just a super fun, super fast weaving roll through the woods.

We didn't manage to get over to the Bridge Trail, but if it's anything like the rest, it no doubt offers something special and unique of it's own.

All the trails eventually spill you out into the parking lot (a fun downhill doubletrack) where you can roll out again towards another trail or wrap it up for the day. The people behind Winman really put a lot of thought and time into this system of trails and it shows. Everything is excellently marked on the trails along the way so you can focus your attention on the ride and not so much on trying to figure out where you're going. With a great selection of one-way single track, a bit of double track and beautifully designed challenging features, it really does have something for everyone.

Want to keep an eye out for a group ride or trail updates? They're very active on their facebook page, so absolutely swing over there for the latest information. :)

NOTE: Make sure you have everything you may need for your bike. The nearest place we could find for a replacement bike chain was in Boulder Junction about a 20 minute drive away, or Minocqua which is 40 minutes away.

We can't wait to get back up there again next summer to see what new trails and features the Winman team have put together. :) Keep up the great work!!

3. Frank B. Koller Memorial Park

146 Cty Hwy W, Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 +1 715-543-8400
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5 based on 13 reviews

Frank B. Koller Memorial Park

Reviewed By VAtraveller_11 - Reston VA

You should certainly stop at this beautifully-manicured park on a lake with a giant Northern (fish) sculpture, but you really have to visit the restrooms---you won't believe they are in a public park!

4. Big Lake

6690 County Hwy P, Presque Isle, WI 54557-9008
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Big Lake

Reviewed By Derek B

Very nice rustic campground. 70 sites open May to Oct. Half walk in first come first served the other half on Reserve America. Nice boat landing and sandy swim beach. Vault toilets and hand pumps for water. Information sign and wood shed next to seasonal resident manager site 4. Campground next to biking trails mecca, great fishing lake, clear kayaking river trips. Naturalist dream hiking trails all around area. Local nature center.

5. Manitowish Waters Community Playground

4 Airport Road, Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 +1 715-543-8400
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5 based on 10 reviews

Manitowish Waters Community Playground

Located at the Community Center on Airport Road, 1 mile south of CTH W •Restrooms near tennis courts 24/7 or inside the Community Center when the building is open •Lions Pavilion adjacent to playground (request for use may be made with Town Hall) •Airport terminal: D25 (715-543-8320) located at the end of Airport Road •One-acre playground •Sun shelter with picnic tables •Open air picnic tables •Seasonal drinking fountain next to Community Building (and inside near restrooms) •Ball field •Golf driving field (bring your own equipment; first come first served) •Horseshoe pits (adjacent to tennis courts; bring your own equipment) •Tennis courts (first come first served) •Paddleball court (equipment available in attached building, first come first served) •Situated on the M.W. paved hike/bike path (parking available) •Adjacent to Frank B. Koller Memorial Library

Reviewed By Paula1950 - Appleton, Wisconsin

Can not go by a playground when you got the grandkids along. The equipment was in good shape and the grounds were spotless. They could use indoor restrooms, the outhouse was kind of a downer.

6. Lake of the Torches Casino

Hwy 47, Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538 +1 715-588-7070
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3.5 based on 40 reviews

Lake of the Torches Casino

Reviewed By Ryan M - Hobart, Indiana

I have visited this place many times now. As far as buffets go, this one is pretty good. There a good selection and you can't beat the prices. Most of the food items are prepared nicely and your kids will appreciate the dessert selections.

I highly recommend the prime rib and baked chicken. Very good! I have also had the lobster buffet. Insanely good price point considering there were some big dudes putting down 15 to 20 of them. As for me, I ate a couple and it was more than enough.

The only real negative for me is that the entire casino/buffet reeks of cigarette smoke. Normally I would never go to a place that smelled of smoke but I was with some friends the first time I went. As a result, I put up with the smoke to enjoy the occasional buffet visit.

7. Little Star Beach Park

Park Rd, Manitowish Waters, WI 54545-9020 +1 715-543-8400
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5 based on 9 reviews

Little Star Beach Park

1/2 mile west of Hwy. 51 on Park Road (turn across from the Catholic Church)The Town of Manitowish Waters obtained a maintenance agreement from the DNR on this beach/picnic site (April 2009). A state park parking sticker is no longer required.•Beach/buoyed swim area•Picnic tables•Grills•Hand water pump•Pit toilets •Accessible by watercraft on Little Star Lake (part of the M.W. 10-lake chain)

Reviewed By Robyn E - Racine, Wisconsin

Great swimming & beautiful scenery! It was really quiet when we there but that's because it was a Tuesday and cooler than seasonal temperatures. Loved it!

8. Rest Lake Park

216 Cty Hwy W, Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 +1 715-543-8400
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5 based on 8 reviews

Rest Lake Park

Reviewed By Linda G - Chicago, Illinois

Rest Lake Park is brand new in 2014! Completely re-envisioned with gorgeous landscaping, shady benches and picnic tables, boat docks, play area, and room to enjoy the peaceful lake views as you set awhile. Bald eagles fly over regularly and sunsets provide a stunning Kalideiscope of color. Bathrooms are sparkling clean and food is available for purchase at the supermarket or pub just 1/4 mile away. Spring, summer, autumn or winter are all great times to come and visit!

9. Rick McClellan Guide Service

Manitowish Waters, WI
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5 based on 2 reviews

Rick McClellan Guide Service

Reviewed By BillMadison_WI - Madison, WI

We had our second outing with Rick last weekend after going out with him about 2 years ago. While the fishing was a bit slow (for walleye and smallmouth bass) on our most recent trip, we were getting bites regularly and when they slowed down, we were off to another spot. He is very quick changing the baits and keeps an extra rod ready to go, so there's no break in the fishing if a lure gets lost.

On our last trip, in October 2013, the action was non-stop with lots of big walleyes and smallmouth bass.

He's a pleasant, interesting guy, and made it fun and easy for me, my wife who's pretty new to fishing, and my Dad to catch some fish. He also cleans the fish for you at the end of the trip so they're ready for your frying pan.

10. Artists Palette

69W Cty Hwy W, Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 +1 715-543-8110
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Artists Palette

Reviewed By Di7740 - Cedarburg, Wisconsin

Brief visit while shopping through several shops in the strip mall. Featured a decent supply variety of supplies for painters. Not particularly comprehensive in stock for the serious painter, but the hobbiest should find what they need.

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