The Manitowoc County Park System official season is set to begin April 1, 2020, with pedestrian access permitted year round. We plan to open the parks and welcome the public while adhering to current CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health Services guidelines.
Governor Evers' "Safer at Home" Executive Order lists the following information pertaining to Essential Activities and Outdoor Activity:
“Individuals may leave their home or residence to perform any of the following:
- Outdoor activity. To engage in outdoor activity, including visiting public and state parks, provided individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined below. Such activities include, by way of example and without limitation, walking, biking, hiking, or running. Individuals may not engage in team or contact sports such as by way of example and without limitation, basketball, ultimate frisbee, soccer, or football, as these activities do not comply with Social Distancing Requirements. Playgrounds are closed.
Please maintain a minimum of six feet from others and do not congregate at restrooms, shelters, kiosks, landings, signs, etc. Please note that playgrounds are closed according to this order and signs will be placed to remind the public.
You may contact the Park office at 683-4185 with questions.
The Manitowoc County Parks promotes the health and wellbeing of our community by offering a great diversity of geographical landscape opportunities. The parks provide an interaction of people and the environment, promoting citizen involvement and a strong sense of community. We are facilitating recreational opportunities, meeting the needs of our current and future generations in a manner which is accessible to all while preserving and protecting the County's open space, water, historical, cultural, and natural resources now and into the future.
The Manitowoc County Planning and Park Commission maintains a total of five major parks, four special purpose parks, 15 lake/river accesses and 1 recreational trail throughout the County. These parks serve an immediate function for our community and those who visit and study nature and the outdoors. We offer highly developed municipal parks, to state and national forests and reserves, ranging from the secluded shores of Lake Michigan to rugged Kettle moraine, swamps, karst, and caves. The multi-purpose recreational trail provides a nature enriched experience to safely run, walk, bicycle, and snowmobile. The lake and river accesses provide the general public with opportunities for fishing, boating, and photography.