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Henry Schuette Park

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  1. Cross Country Skiing
  2. Dogs Allowed
  3. Fishing
  4. Grilling (Frying)
  5. Kayak Launch
  6. Open Air Shelters
  7. Picnicking
  8. Playground Areas
  9. Restrooms
  10. Walking / Hiking

General Information

Henry Schuette Park is comprised of 65.17 acres and is located by the scenic Manitowoc River, with its rolling terrain, wildlife, aquatic type plants, bushes, and forest area. This community park provides off-street parking, a community built playground, open air shelters, grills,a kayak launch, exercise equipment, fishing areas, and over six miles of nature and fitness trails in a beautiful scenic vista along the Manitowoc River. Cross country skiing is allowed on the trails in winter; however, the trails are not groomed. 

Restoration Plan for lower Henry Schuette Park

In January 2020, a restoration plan was completed for the lower portion of the park.  The City of Manitowoc is partnering with Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership (LNRP), Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed, and Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. to perform ecological restoration within portions of lower Henry Schuette Park.  This restoration will take place near the lower parking lot off of Broadway Street.  The primary focus will be removing invasive plant species and establishing and maintaining appropriate native plant communities.  Restoration will occur over the course of several years and will include herbicide treatments to control invasive plant species, and planting of native herbaceous and woody species.  Due to the extensive area of invasive plants, portions of the park will look brown for most of the 2020 growing season.  Native seed and plants will be installed in 2021 with the intent of establishing greater species diversity.  This project is being paid for by two grants received by the LNRP from the U.S. Forestry Service and the Wildlife Conservation Society Climate Adaptation Fund.

Rules for park trail #2


In early 1979, 16.29 acres of land were donated to the City of Manitowoc by Henry R. & Helen Schuette for park and street purposes.  Additional land was donated by the Medusa Corporation in 1980.

Facility Reservations

Reservations  for rental facilities, such as the open air shelters, may be booked online, by telephone with a credit card, or in person no earlier than one year (365 days) in advance of the date to be rented.  A signed rental agreement and payment of all fees and deposits is required at the time of booking.  
To view a flyer or slideshow for a facility, click on the Facility Rental Flyers & Slideshows tab. 

To make a reservation, click on the Facility Reservations Online tab, call the Parks Office at (920) 686-3580 (Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 4:00pm), or visit the office located in City Hall's Parks Office on 900 Quay St.

Ice Age Trail Community

In 2017, the City of Manitowoc was designated an Ice Age Trail Community by the Ice Age Trail Alliance, whose mission is "to create, support and protect a thousand-mile footpath tracing Ice Age formations across Wisconsin - the Ice Age National Scenic Trail."  A portion of the trail goes through Henry Schuette Park.  A map showing the City of Manitowoc's portion of the trail is available here.  For more information about the Ice Age Trail Alliance, see

Canoe & Kayak Launch

In order to increase awareness, appreciation, and enjoyment of the Manitowoc River, a handicap accessible canoe & kayak launch was installed at lower Henry Schuette Park.  The Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed (FMRW) partnered with the City to seek funding for the launch from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

here for a link to the FMRW Facebook page for information about FMRW projects or to learn how to become a member.

If interested in renting a kayak, there are rentals available at The Manitowoc Marina. All rentals are issued from the marina and may be taken on the Manitowoc River or up to one nautical mile offshore (weather permitting).

Fitness Zone

In May of 2018, the Fitness Zone opened at Lower Henry Schuette Park.  This area features several pieces of exercise equipment near the open air shelter in the lower portion of the park.  The equipment was donated by the Kaysun Corporation to promote physical fitness and is available for community members of all ages and abilities to use at no cost.  "Wellness is a big part of our corporate culture at Kaysun, and it's one of my personal passions.  I'm proud that Kaysun is able to give back to our community and help other community members improve their health and wellbeing through the new Fitness Zone," said CEO Ben Harrison.

Fitness Zone Rules

Community Built Playground
Located in upper Henry Schuette Park, the playground was built in 2003 and covers the size of a football field.  Children of all ages can enjoy the playground structures such as the wave and twisty slides, a castle, parallel bars, zigzag ladder, rubber bridge, sand box area, tot swings, playhouse, tunnel, bridge and therapeutic swing.  In 2016, the City of Manitowoc's first expression swing was installed at the park.

A donation tube is located at the entrance to the park for those wishing to contribute to improvements at the park.  You can also help support the Community Built Playground by purchasing a 4' plastic fence picket.

Picket Fence Order Form

~~ A playground built FOR our children BY our community~~