Hiking, Biking & Wildlife
Hiking, Biking & Wildlife

Bike N’ Fit

From sales to service to rentals, let our knowledgeable and friendly sales staff assist you with all your cycling and fitness needs. We proudly carry Trek, Life Fitness, Burley, Oakley and Thule. Located in historic downtown Manitowoc.

Community Built Playground – Henry Schuette Park

Covering the size of a football field, children of all ages can enjoy playground structures such as a wave slide, twisty slide, castle, parallel bars, zigzag ladder, rubber bridge, sand box area, tot swings, playhouse, tunnel, bridge and therapeutic swing. This playground boasts a unique maritime theme that will educate children with the rich maritime history that Manitowoc has to offer. Other features include: open-air shelters, permanent grills, over 6 miles of hiking/biking trails along the Manitowoc River, fitness course, ski trails, and fishing areas.

Lighthouse Inn

Experience the tranquility of Lake Michigan from our 67 guest rooms. Free wireless internet, refrigerators, indoor pool, Jacuzzi and exercise room, Water’s Edge Restaurant & Gull’s Nest Lounge. AAA / AARP, corporate and government rates. Package discounts plus Captain’s Quarters Reward Program. Rent a bicycle!

Twenty six of our city parks throughout Manitowoc County provide a range of facilities from boat launching and fishing to team fields, tennis courts, trails, swimming pools, picnic areas, restrooms and beaches. Visit Manitowoc’s Community built Playground at Henry Schuette Park or the NEW BMX/Skate Park Complex at Dewey St. Park. Some playground areas are supervised. And you can visit the Lincoln Park Zoo for free! Band concerts at Manitowoc’s MetroStage in Washington Park Wednesday evenings during summer. Or go to Two Rivers Central Park for free concerts on Thursdays during the summer.

The City of Manitowoc has 37 parks, offering more than 670 acres of green play space – All public park facilities are open year ’round from 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Reservations for the shelters and cabins can be made through the City of Manitowoc Parks Department at 920-686-3580 or Two Rivers Recreation Department at (920) 793-5592.  Refer to the map on page 9 or our 2012 Discovery Guide for exact locations

manitowoc marina

Manitowoc Marina is a  full service marine facility. Come and enjoy beautiful views while renting Hobie Kayaks or bikes perfect for the Mariners Trail. Stop in our Ship’s Store for great deals on clothes, shoes, novelties and boating supplies. See the coast at it’s best at Manitowoc Marina.  Including 250 slips, 6-lane launch ramp, complete Ships Store, comprehensive vessel repair, diesel and gas fuel pumps.

Mariners Trail Family

This 6-mile paved, recreational trail is the longest, continuous, scenic view of Lake Michigan in the state of Wisconsin! Hike, bike, walk, or roller blade down this scenic coastline between Manitowoc and Two Rivers. From the south you can pick up the trail in historic downtown Manitowoc at the 8th Street Bridge. You’ll pass scenic overlooks, craggy coves and wide beaches, gift shops, restaurants and motels. With over 30 flower gardens,  sculptures, and beautiful views, this will become one of your favorite trails!

Follow the signs through downtown Two Rivers for about a mile to reach the Rawley Point Recreation Trail connecting Point Beach State Forest, the historic Rawley Point Lighthouse, and Two Rivers. The Rawley Point Recreational Trail has a hard-packed limestone base and connects Two Rivers with Point Beach State Forest. The six-mile trail winds through pine and hemlock forests, dunes and fields.

Bike rentals are available at:

The Bicycle & Fitness Co., 801 N. 8th St., Manitowoc, 920-682-1944

Village Inn on the Lake & RV Park, 3310 Memorial Dr., Two Rivers, 920-794-8818

Westport B&B, 635 N. 8th St., Manitowoc 920-686-0465

Point Beach State Forest

Point Beach State Forest features 3,000 acres of forest and six miles of Lake Michigan Shoreline. We offer 127 family campsites, 2 remote campsites for Kayak or Ice Age Trail adventurers, rustic cabins (Ketchbaw-14 or Coenen-16 people) and a large outdoor group camp with a capacity of 60 guests. A popular feature within the property is the Rawley Point Lighthouse, which has been operated by the U.S. Coast Guard since 1853. Outdoor fun for all: Rawley Point bike trail (5 mi), hiking trails: Ridges Tail (71/4 mi featuring the Red-Blue-Yellow Loops), Swales nature trail (1/2 mi), Red Pine Trail (3.1 mi), Ice Age Trail (5 mi), Horseback riding Trail (2.3 mi), hunting, snowmobiling and cross country skiing. Three lakeside picnic areas provide picnic tables, grills, water, restrooms, playground, volleyball court and spectacular views of Lake Michigan. We welcome pets in our pet friendly beach area. Three state natural areas are: Wilderness Ridge, Two creeks Buried Forest, and Point Beach Ridges that feature many species of birds and wildlife.

Silver Creek Park

One of Manitowoc’s finest parks, Silver Creek Park is set on the shore of Lake Michigan with a creek running through and scenic overviews. It consists of 71.74 acres and boasts several unique features such as rolling topography, rural-like wooded public areas, and a winter sports area. A challenging 18-hole disc golf course is located in the park.

There are lots of hiking trails in the park, a beautiful bridge spanning the creek and beach access as well as plenty of parking. The winter sports area includes large sledding and tubing hills that are easy to get to, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing opportunities.

The Fitness Store

The Fitness Store carries the region’s best selection of both home and commercial fitness equipment, supported by the most knowledgeable staff available. During the warmer months, come see us for quality bicycles for the entire family.

Two Rivers has 20 parks and playgrounds offering more than 229 acres of green play space – ball fields, basketball and tennis courts, horseshoe pits, trails, playgrounds, fishing, swimming, beaches, concerts, picnic areas – and a skate park! Neshotah Park features a half-mile of groomed beach, changing rooms, concession stand and bike rentals. Dog-friendly beaches can be found along Memorial Drive and at Point Beach State Forest. Contact the Two Rivers Parks & Recreation Department at 920-793-5592. Look here for information about the larger parks in Two Rivers.

Woodland Dunes Nature Center & Preserve

Woodland Dunes is located near an ecological “tension zone” between two distinct areas of natural vegetation in Wisconsin. Both northern and southern species of plants and animals are found here.

Formed on ancient beach dunes and wet swales, Woodland Dunes offers six trails that allow visitors to explore the 1,200 acre preserve that includes woodlands, meadows and marshes. All trails are relatively level and easily hiked; they range from ¼ to 2 ½ miles long. Two of the trails, Cattail and Yellow Birch, are wheelchair accessible boardwalks. In winter, trails are open for cross- country skiing, although not groomed. Trails are open from sunrise to sunset. Explore our interpretive center, butterfly garden, and two accessible boardwalks to learn about this remarkable wild area.

Watch the website for programs & special events.

At Woodland Dunes we are seeking to protect a delicate but vital natural environment, not only for all the wildlife and plant species that live here, but for generations of families seeking a connection with the natural world. Please help us in our preservation efforts by following these simple rules.

Stay on the trail—Our forest floor and wetlands support many species of birds, animals and plants. If you venture off the path you may be harming a precious environment.

No pets—Domesticated animals can be very harmful to the wildlife and plants established in our natural area. An exception is the Ice Age Trail, where pets on a leash are allowed.

No bicycles, snowmobiles or other vehicles—Our trails are designed for the enjoyment of their unique natural surroundings. Slow down and take the time to observe the beauty of nature.

No smoking—Did you know that cigarette filters can be harmful to animals and birds?

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