Trails & Activities

Trail Report 1/14/2022:  Our trails are open!  Our groomer was out today and all trails have been rolled and/or tracked and are in good winter condition at this time.  Happy trails!

We have snowshoes available on site, first come - first served, during open office hours.  They are free to Discovery Center members and are $5 per pair for non-members.

Please keep in mind when visiting groomed trails that we do not allow walking/hiking on our groomed trails.  Snowshoeing can occur on any trail, we just ask that folks stay to the side of the groomed ski tracks.  Pets must be kept on a leash at all times and please pick up after them (no one likes poop on their skis or snowshoes, and Ryan doesn't like it on the groomer either)- so please be a responsible pet owner!

We recommend the blue River Trail for snowshoeing, or walking with dogs. We do not track this trail for skiing (we do roll it, we just don't track it). Parking is available at the Tower Road parking area for easy access to this trail.


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 on site. (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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