Milwaukee Urban Water Trail

photo: This 35-mile water trail flows through urban portions of the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic Rivers.

Length: 25.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Water Trail
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking

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Location: Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic Rivers, Urban river trails in Milwaukee along Milwaukee, Menominee, and Kinnickinnic Rivers.

State(s): Wisconsin
Counties: Milwaukee, Ozaukee
Longitude: -87.92987
Latitude: 43.10897

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This water trail is a canoe and kayak route through urban portions of the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic Rivers that provides for 35 miles of access and paddling to the 1.5 million people in the Greater Milwaukee Metropolitan Area.

A map and brochure was developed that indicates safe and legal river access points and amenities such as restrooms and parking. It also describes the multitude of river oriented outstanding natural, cultural, and historical points of interest. The maps identify critical areas such as rapids, dams, and natural falls that need to be portaged as well as areas of heavy motor boat traffic.

Artwork is incorporated into the trail with the creation of a logo designed by a graduate student of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. This logo will be used on all directional and access signs and is an essential element of the brochure. The project partnership included Friends of Milwaukee's Rivers, the National Park Service Rivers and Trails Program, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, PDI site engineering, Badger State Boating Society, and many individual boaters.

Funding was received from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, Wisconsin Energy Foundation, Badger State Boating Society, American Canoe Association, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bert L. and Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust, Milwaukee River Revitalization Council, and the Milwaukee RiverWalk District.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Puncheon
Secondary Surface: Water, moving

Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

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Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: American Trails Featured NRT
Website: Online Map and Trail Information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Information Contact:
Guy Smith
Milwaukee County Parks
9480 Watertown Plank Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
(414) 257-4782
[email protected]

Trail Management:
Cheyrl Nenn
Milwaukee Riverkeeper
1845 N. Farwell, Ste. 10
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 287-0207 ext. 29
[email protected]



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