Rest Lake is probably the most popular lake on the Manitowish Waters Chain of Lakes. The water is clear and deep, and the lake is located right in town. While there is quite a bit of recreational boating activity, the lake is big and handles it well. The shoreline of Rest Lake is really beautiful. The channel to Rest Lake is a little long which does add some privacy.
Heart of Vilas County (Mercer) - A seven mile biking and hiking trail with three asphalted seconds and three road segments. The trail takes you from Manitowish Waters over to Mercer.
North Lakeland Discovery Center Trails - Biking, Hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails that total twelve miles in length. The trails go around Statehouse Lake and along the Manitowish River. This trail system connects to the Manitowish Waters Trail.
Winman Trails - Trail lengths that vary from 4 to 10 miles in length. Biking, hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing are popular activities on this trail.