Manitowish Waters Bike Trail


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Manitowish Waters Bike Trail Facts

States: Wisconsin
Counties: Vilas
Length: 18.6 miles
Trail end points: Highway M / Main Street (Boulder Junction) and Powell Road (Manitowish Waters)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 8055229
Trail activities: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Manitowish Waters Bike Trail Description

A good place to begin your journey on the paved Manitowish Waters Bike Trail is downtown Boulder Junction. From there, you’ll ride along Highway K west out of town with tall trees on either side of the roadway.

On its eastern end, the trail takes you through Papoose Creek Pines State Natural Area. Highway K ends at a T-intersection and you’ll take a left, heading south along Highway W. You’ll pass Rest Lake Park and the North Lakeland Discovery Center, where swimming and restrooms are available, and continue into downtown Manitowish Waters.

At another T-intersection, you’ll come to Highway 51 and turn left (southeast) to continue to the trail’s end near Powell Road and the Manitowish Waters Airport. Restrooms, water, and benches can be found at the Manitowish Waters Community Center on Airport Road, making it an enjoyable resting point after the ride. 

Parking and Trail Access

The Community Center Trailhead is located on Highway 51 and Airport Road in Manitowish Waters. 

The Red Feather Road Trailhead is located one mile from Highway W at the intersection of Highway K and Red Feather Road. 

Parking is available at the Manitowish Waters Community Center on Highway 51. Parking is also available at Koller Park, Rest Lake Park and the North Lakeland Discovery Center off Highway W.

Manitowish Waters Bike Trail Reviews

One of the best paved trails I have ever been on. This trail has plenty of room and beautiful scenery. Perfect for taking a short ride with the fam and stopping to pick berries on the side of the trail if your looking for them. Or great for a faster paced workout. Love these trails.

First time on the MW trail couple weeks back. Being first time out this summer, my wife and I couldn't quite do the entire trip to Boulder Junction & back but really enjoyed the ride & scenery. We will definitely be back again & spend more time in MW.

Rode from Rest Lake Park to the parking area just short of Boulder Junction and back, about 26.6 miles. The trail is beautiful with it winding through the woods and wetlands. Though not flat, the hills are short and fairly easy. The pavement is in excellent condition, and well maintained. Even the sections that share the road right of way on the shoulder are very wide and there is no feeling of traffic being too close. Will most certainly add to my list of those trails to ride again.


The MW trail is now 14.5 miles long and connects with the Heart of Vilas Trails giving you access to 45 miles of trails. Combined with nice country roads, I road 11 days in a row, never doing the same route. The MW trail is a paved curving trail that is mostly flat. Scenery is nice, the bridges are nice (one is a bit rough if you go fast) and the people are great. Lot's of parking along the way. Once you get past P and head towards Boulder Junction (and beyond) the trail becomes a bit more rolling.

The Manitowish Chain is 10 very clear lakes with many options for lakeside cabins. You can bike, hike, kayak, boat, fish and more without leaving town!

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