Rivers tell story of Metro Area’s past, present, future (cont.)

May, 2020

The Milwaukee River basin

There is much more to explore within the Milwaukee River Basin, which includes the Milwaukee Urban Water Trail and the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Watersheds.

 The Milwaukee River Basin is an 882.3-square-mile area housed within Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, and Dodge Counties.

 The Milwaukee River Basin contains approximately 500 miles of "perennial streams" (streams or river channels that have continuous flow all year round during years of normal rainfall) and more than 400 miles of “intermittent streams" (normally cease flowing for weeks or months each year).

 The basin also includes 35 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, 57 named lakes and over 1.3 million people.


Ready to explore?

Plan a trip with help from the Milwaukee Urban Water Trail Map.  milwaukeeriverkeeper.org/mke-water-trail-map/

Other options for sightseeing

from the water


Lakeshore Paddle Sports Rentals offers a family-friendly way to explore the basins between Lakeshore State Park and the Summerfest Grounds on paddle boats and hydrobikes. lakeshorepaddlemke.com  (414) 217-7235.

Another way to see the sites is a boat tour. Check out Riverwalk Boat Tours, riverwalkboats.com, (414) 283-9999, and Milwaukee Boat Line, mkeBOAT.com, (414) 294-9450.

The companies may be adjusting their bookings for COVID-19 and social distancing restrictions. Please check their websites or phone for updates.


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