Trails & Activities

Trail Report:

1/5/2021: The Green and Red trails have been re-groomed for single track skiing.  The rest of the trails (except the southern portion of the Dark Blue river trail) were groomed last week.  Some of the trailed groomed up really well, while some areas groomed out a little thin and are in fair condition.  We still need more snow!   We do ask that once trails are rolled/groomed that you no longer hike/walk on them.

Snowshoeing: If you would like to come out and snowshoe, we have all of our trails open to snowshoeing- but do ask that if you are snowshoeing on a ski trail to please stay to the side and do not walk on the groomed tracks.  We do have our light blue Bog Boardwalk trail that is just for snowshoeing, it is a 2-mile loop around the lake- there is a time where it does pop out onto the main ski trail, so please just stay to the side.  Another fun option is to park down at the Tower Road parking lot, and snowshoe the Big River Trail (south of Tower Road).  This trail is only rolled and not groomed for skiing.  You can make a fun loop by going along the river, and then taking the paved bike trail back to the parking lot!  This would also be a great place to bring your dog- please pick up after them!

Snowshoe Rentals: We are renting out snowshoes this year.  They are free to Discovery Center members, and $5/pair for the general public.  Our staff work limited hours Monday-Friday, so please call ahead of time to see if staff are available to help you with snowshoe rentals (715-543-2085).  They are first come first serve.

As always, dogs MUST BE on a leash at all times, on campus and on the trails- out of respect for other trail users and for the safety of your dogs.  Once we start grooming the trails for skiing dogs and hiking are no longer allowed on the groomed ski trails.  A great option for walking dogs would be to go on the southern side of Tower Road and park in our lot and take the triangle shaped trail along the river, taking the paved bike path back to the Tower Road parking lot.  


Enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and wildlife watching along our 12-mile trail system. Our trails are OPEN TO EVERYONE, from dawn to dusk. The terrain is gentle and winds through the woods, along the lake, bog and nearby Manitowish River allowing you to explore a variety of habitats each with their own unique plants and animals. In the winter, trails are tracked for classic skiing, and we have snowshoes available for use. (In winter, leashed dogs allowed on snowshoe trail only.) Members may use the snowshoes for free, general public pay $5 per pair.

April through October, enjoy our 22-Station Breeding Bird Trail. Signs are dispersed throughout the trail system, highlighting birds known to breed in or near that exact spot.

bird-iconCheck a few of them out!

November through April, depending on weather, you can hike, fat bike, snowshoe or XC ski.  Give us a call for the most up to date trail conditions.

Trail Usage

Your donation is needed and appreciated each time you use the Discovery Center trails.

  • Adult donation $5
  • Child donation $2
  • In winter, leashed dogs on snowshoe trail only

Our Location

14006 Discovery Lane in Manitowish Waters, about one mile north of the intersection of Highway 51 and County W, across from Rest Lake Park.

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