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MENOMONEE RIVER

The Menomonee River is one of Milwaukee's three primary rivers and is visited by people fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and boating.

 

As you travel down the Menomonee River, you experience the Menomonee River Valley’s industrial charm and its place in history as you float past the steel dock walls that line the river. These walls created a deep channel historically used as shipping grounds for commercial goods and products that helped to build and power the city in the 18th and 19th centuries. They will also be the foreground for soon-to-be-developed riverfront land and new businesses along the river.

 

fish

 Photo: Eddee Daniel

Photo: Eddee Daniel

 Photo: Lainet Garcia-Rivera

Photo: Lainet Garcia-Rivera

People find many spots to fish along the Menomonee River and Burnham Canal. You can access the river at MMSD where you might catch brown trout, salmon, or steelhead. The western end of the Valley near Three Bridges Park and Miller Park offers shallow areas ideal for fly fishing.

 

Canoe & Kayak

There are four canoe/kayak launches in the Menomonee River Valley.

   Emmber Lane    Paddler-friendly access (pier with retrofit)  Parking: On-street and in Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful lot

Emmber Lane

Paddler-friendly access (pier with retrofit)

Parking: On-street and in Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful lot

   Three Bridges Park - South Bank    ADA-accessible trail crosses pedestrian bridge and curves down to the river  Parking: Dead end where 33rd Ct meets the Menomonee River

Three Bridges Park - South Bank

ADA-accessible trail crosses pedestrian bridge and curves down to the river

Parking: Dead end where 33rd Ct meets the Menomonee River

 Three Bridges Park - North Bank  Launch accessible by stairs  Parking: Dead end where 33rd Ct meets the Menomonee River

Three Bridges Park - North Bank

Launch accessible by stairs

Parking: Dead end where 33rd Ct meets the Menomonee River

   Valley Passage    ADA-accessible path to the river  Parking: On W Canal Street, except during Brewers games

Valley Passage

ADA-accessible path to the river

Parking: On W Canal Street, except during Brewers games

 

The Milwaukee Urban Water Trail

The Milwaukee Urban Water Trail is a canoe and kayak route through urban protions of the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic Rivers—with more than 25 miles of paddling!

 

Boats entering the Menomonee River

Boats entering the Menomonee River from the Milwaukee River must pass under two bridges and may require additional clearance:

  • Railroad bridge at Plankinton Ave - Call 414.278.1385. Generally open 7 days a week, 6am-10pm.

  • City-operated Plankinton Ave Bridge - Monitored remotely via Broadway bridge. Call via radio on Channel 16 or phone at 414.286.2570. The railroad bridge must be open for the city to open the Plankinton Ave bridge.

 

destinations on the menomonee river

City Lights Brewing Co, the Harley-Davidson Museum®, and Twisted Fisherman offer docks for those who prefer to float to their destination.


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All Hands Boatworks

All Hands Boatworks builds up youth in the greater metro-Milwaukee area through wooden boatbuilding, work experiences, and on-water activities that result in good character, academic confidence, and workforce preparation. Adult classes offered as well! All Hands Boatworks offers free community sailing on student built rowboats on Fridays during the summer.