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Paddle Mitchell Park  

Mitchell Park-North Canoe Access to Mitchell Park-South Canoe Access      
River miles:
186.92 to 186.14  

Distance:
0.78 miles  

Approximate time:
20 – 30 minutes  

Difficulty:
Easy  

Portages:
None  

Fees:
None

Put In:
A parking lot is located at Mitchell Park-North Canoe Access, across from the Little League fields. Follow a paved path and boardwalk leading to a cement carry-in access site and a wooden launch structure.  

Along the Way:
Paddle Mitchell Park is an easy introductory paddle on the Fox River. The river winds through a large wetland and is perfect for small recreational kayaks and canoes. The distance is less than a mile point to point, and would make a great trip for beginners and children. One can paddle upstream of Mitchell Park-North Canoe Access, until reaching West Capitol Drive. Capitol Drive has high traffic volume, and no portage is recommended. Both access sites are located a short walk through Mitchell Park from each other, so there may not be a need to have a shuttle vehicle at the take out.  

Take Out:
Look for a wooden dock on the east bank of the river. The Mitchell Park-South Canoe Access site is a 300ft walk to Mitchell Park Drive, and the parking lots at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.  

Other Segment Info:
Mitchell Park, Brookfield, Wisconsin Fact Sheet
Mitchell Park, Brookfield, Wisconsin Map  
Brookfield to Waukesha

Mitchell Park-South Canoe Access to Frame Park
River miles:
186.14 to 177.84  

Distance:
8.30 miles  

Approximate time:
2.5 – 3.5 hours  

Difficulty:
Moderate to hard  

Portages:
Yes  

Fees:
None
Put In:
Park near Mitchell Park Drive in the south end of the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts parking lot. Cross Mitchell Park Drive and follow a foot path approximately 300ft to the Mitchell Park-South Canoe Access site. This is a carry-in launch site with both a soft ramp and a small wooden launch structure.  

Along the Way:
Brookfield to Waukesha is one of the longer paddling trips on the FRWT and there are multiple portages across lightly trafficked roads. Though the Fox River flows relatively easy along this segment, the difficulty is rated moderate to hard due to the distance travelled.  

After putting in at Mitchell Park-South Canoe Access, the river winds through the wetlands of Mitchell Park for 0.7 miles before reaching the first obstruction. A boardwalk crosses the river with low clearance underneath. There is no formal path through the marsh grass, making this a difficult portage. The river then flows for only 0.1 miles before the next portage at River Road. The banks for this portage are much easier than the last and traffic is not usually heavy.  

South of River Road, the Fox River winds lazily through the Brookfield Fox River Conservancy. This is an excellent stretch for birding. The river crosses North Avenue and Barker Road. There is a gravel shoulder at both of these bridges, but no designated parking or access sites. These should be considered emergency access only. After Barker Road, the Fox River widens with the influence of Poplar Creek from the south. The river crosses Springdale Road and the banks become much more forested. Fallen trees may become obstacles through this section. There is another potential portage before reaching the Interstate 94 bridge. A private drive crosses the river 200 feet upstream of I94, and clearance depends on river conditions.  

Just over a half mile downstream of I94, the Pewaukee River meets the Fox and the river again widens. Continue downstream, under multiple bridges, until you reach Moreland Boulevard and Frame Park in Waukesha. The Barstow Dam creates an artificial lake, Saratoga Lake, at Frame Park.  

Take Out:
The Frame Park boat launch is located on the east bank at the south end of Frame Park, and is a developed, trailerable launch site with a dock. There are a number of other docks located on Saratoga Lake within a carry-in distance to parking.  

Note:
If you are continuing your trip from Frame Park, you must portage the Barstow Dam. The portage head is located on the west bank above the dam. There are “DAM” warning signs. Portage along the river walk, to the steps just below the dam. In high water conditions, you may need to put in further downstream.  

Other Segment Info:
Mitchell Park, Brookfield, Wisconsin Fact Sheet
Mitchell Park, Brookfield, Wisconsin Map
Frame Park, Waukesha, Wisconsin Facts
Saratoga Lake, WDNR Page
Paddle Frame Park and Saratoga Lake

Frame Park to Barstow Dam
River miles:
177.84

Distance:
Varies  

Approximate time:
Varies  

Difficulty:
Easy  

Portages:
No  

Fees:
None
Put In:
Park at the lot on the south end of the Waukesha Schuetze Rec Center building, located at 1120 Baxter St. The Frame Park boat launch is a developed, trailerable launch site with a dock. There are a number of other docks located on Saratoga Lake within a carry-in distance to Frame Park parking.  

Along the Way:
Saratoga Lake is a 28 acre lake, created by the Barstow Dam on the Fox River. The average depth of the lake is 3-6 feet. The calm water makes for an excellent outing for kids and first time paddlers. High Roller Fun Rentals operates a seasonal boat and bike rental station in Frame Park, with canoes, kayaks, SUPs, paddle boats, and more.  

Take Out:
The Frame Park boat launch is located on the east bank at the south end of Frame Park, and is a developed, trailerable launch site with a dock. Park at the lot on the south end of the Waukesha Schuetze Rec Center building, located at 1120 Baxter St. There are a number of other docks located on Saratoga Lake within a carry-in distance to parking.  

Note:
If you are continuing your trip from Frame Park, you must portage the Barstow Dam. The portage head is located on the west bank above the dam. There are “DAM” warning signs. Portage along the river walk, to the steps just below the dam. In high water conditions, you may need to put in further downstream.  

Other Segment Info:
Frame Park, Waukesha, Wisconsin Facts
Saratoga Lake, WDNR Page
High Roller Fun Rentals  
Downtown Waukesha and the Fox River Sanctuary

Frame Park/Barstow Dam to Fox River Greenway (Waukesha)
River miles:
177.84 to 173.46  

Distance:
4-4.5 miles  

Approximate time:
1-2 hours  

Difficulty:
Moderate  

Portages:
Depends on put it site  

Fees:
None
Put In:
Park at the lot on the south end of the Waukesha Schuetze Rec Center building, located at 1120 Baxter St. The Frame Park boat launch is a developed, trailerable launch site with a dock. There are a number of other docks located on Saratoga Lake within a carry-in distance to Frame Park parking. Paddle across Saratoga Lake to the Barstow Dam portage on the west bank. There are “DAM” warning signs. Portage along the river walk, to the steps just below the dam. In high water conditions, you may need to put in further downstream.  

Alternative Put In #1:
The Grede Park carry-in site is located in Grede Park, on the corner of West St. Paul Avenue and Wisconsin Avenue in Downtown Waukesha. There are a small number of parking spaces in the park. River access is an undeveloped grassy slope on the west bank of the river.  

Alternative Put In #2:
Nearly across the river from Grede Park is the Bethesda Park access site. Park on Dunbar Avenue and carry-in to the river. Access is an undeveloped grassy slope on the east bank of the river. There are restrooms available at this site.  

Along the Way:
The distance of this trip depends on where one puts in, but the three access points in Downtown Waukesha are all within close proximity to each other. Also, water level may determine which launch is best for you.  

If starting at the Barstow Dam launch, the river can be high and fast or low and slow. It really depends on the amount of water flowing over the dam. The river through Downtown Waukesha is narrow and a river walk follows both banks. The bottom is comprised of large rocks, so mind shallow waters and damage to your boat. After 0.5 miles and a number of bridges, you will find the Grede Park launch on the west bank, and just downstream the Bethesda Park site. The river can still be shallow and rocky through the height of summer in this area.  

After leaving the Bethesda Park area, the Fox River crosses Prairie Avenue into the City of Waukesha Fox River Sanctuary. There is a US Geological Survey River Gauging Station in the park. From here, the river snakes its way southwest through heavily forested banks, out of the hustle and bustle of Waukesha. The volume and depth of the river increases as the scenery opens into a large wetland. Pebble Creek (a WDNR designated Class II Trout Stream) flows into the Fox and the river widens. This stretch is a haven for birds, and is also a muskrat superhighway. Around the bend from Pebble Creek is the Fox River Greenway (Waukesha) take out.  

Take Out:
The Fox River Greenway (Waukesha) is a gravel launch on the east bank of the river. The access site is approximately 300ft north of the Les Paul Parkway (WI State Hwy 59). There is a parking lot off of Fox River Parkway.   

Other Segment Info:
River Gauge at Prairie Avenue, Waukesha
Frame Park, Waukesha, Wisconsin Facts
Grede Park, Waukesha, Wisconsin Facts
Bethesda Park, Waukesha, Wisconsin Facts  
Les Paul Parkway

Fox River Greenway (Waukesha) to Fox River (Waukesha)
River miles:
173.46 to 171.92  

Distance:
1.54 miles  

Approximate time:
45 minutes – 1hour  

Difficulty:
Easy  

Portages:
None  

Fees:
Yes
Put In:
Park at the lot Fox River Parkway and Waterview Lane. There is a gravel trail down to the Fox River Greenway (Waukesha) launch. The access site is on the east bank of the river, approximately 300ft north of the Les Paul Parkway (WI State Hwy 59) bridge.   

Along the Way:
The Les Paul Parkway segment is a short and easy paddle between two nicely maintained launch sites. From Fox River Greenway (Waukesha), the river is slow and wide, as it meanders through a large wetland. This quiet stretch is nice for children and beginners. Deep Pools are a treat for fishing, while herons and cranes walk the shallow banks.  

Take Out:
The Fox River Park (Waukesha) launch is on the east bank and is a cement landing down to the water. A path leads to the lower parking lot. The access site is located within Waukesha County’s Fox River Park. There is a fee for park use, including parking for river access. Fox River Park hours are sunrise to 10pm, year round.  

Other Segment Info:
Fox River Park, Waukesha County, Wisconsin Page  
Town of Waukesha

Fox River Park (Waukesha) to CTH I Access Site
River miles:
171.92 to 166.94  

Distance:
4.98 miles  

Approximate time:
2-3 hours  

Difficulty:
Easy to Moderate  

Portages:
No  

Fees:
Yes
Put In:
The Fox River Park (Waukesha) access site is located within Waukesha County’s Fox River Park. There is a fee for park use, including parking for river access. Fox River Park hours are sunrise to 10pm, year round. A path leads from the lower parking lot to cement landing.  

Along the Way:
There is abundant opportunity for fishing, birding, or just enjoying a lazy paddle, as the Fox River zigzags though dozens of turns in the rural wetlands of the Town of Waukesha segment. There are no bridges after Fox River Park, an area that truly feels remote!  

Take Out:
The CTH I Access Site is located on the west bank of the Fox River, on the south side of the CTH I bridge. This site is an undeveloped dirt path to the river from a gravel shoulder parking area. This can be a steep take out for some. Additional parking on gravel shoulder along both sides of the road and bridge.  

Other Segment Info:
Fox River Park, Waukesha County, Wisconsin Page  
I to ES

CTH I Access Site to CTH ES Access Site
River miles:
166.94 to 160.50

Distance:
6.44 miles  

Approximate time:
3-4 hours  

Difficulty:
Moderate to Hard  

Portages:
None  

Fees:
None  
Put In:
The CTH I Access Site is located on the west bank of the Fox River, on the south side of the CTH I bridge. This site is an undeveloped dirt path to the river from a gravel shoulder parking area. This can be a steep put in for some. Additional parking on gravel shoulder along both sides of the road and bridge.  

Along the Way:
Soon after the I to ES trip begins, the river quickly opens up into the wide wetlands of the 4,655-acre Vernon Wildlife Area. Pebble Brook and Mill Brook add to the river volume, and you’ll soon lose sight of dry land, just as the current slows to a trickle. Come prepared, because this trip requires some paddling stamina. Given the Fox River reach is in North-South orientation, and no forest canopy, be aware of wind direction and speeds. South winds exceeding 15mph can make this a difficult paddle. This trip is popular with birding enthusiasts, as the Vernon Marsh is used by many migrating and nesting birds. Note that there is regular waterfowl hunting in the area during season. The Fox River narrows as it leaves the marsh and follows a rail line before turning southeast toward CTH ES.  

Take Out:
The CTH ES Access Site is on the east bank. It is a wide gravel and dirt ramp down to the water from CTH ES. There is a large gravel parking area along CTH ES.  

Other Segment Info:
Vernon Wildlife Area WDNR Page  
Paddle Vernon Marsh  

Vernon Marsh (North) to Vernon Marsh (South)
River miles:
165.79 to 163.15  

Distance:
2.64 miles  

Approximate time:
1.5 – 2.5 hours  

Difficulty:
Moderate  

Portages:
No  

Fees:
None
Put In:
Take Oakdale Drive to Benson Avenue. Follow Benson over the railroad tracks to a gravel parking lot. The Vernon Marsh (North) access site is one-quarter mile walk down the Vernon Marsh service road to the Fox River. This is an undeveloped carry-in site.  

Along the Way:
The long carry-in points make this trip seem much harder than the current flows. Both sites require a small hike. This trip is popular with birding enthusiasts, as the Vernon Marsh is used by many migrating and nesting birds. Because the water velocities are very slow in this reach, this segment is an incredible section for stand up paddle boarding. This itinerary assumes one is putting in and taking out at separate points, but most just paddle out and back trips through the marsh. Note that there is regular waterfowl hunting throughout the Vernon Wildlife Area.  

Take Out:
Paddle west on a small channel, just upstream of the railroad bridge. The Vernon Marsh (South) access site is an approximate one mile walk down a service road and berm, south from the Frog Alley Road parking lots.  

Other Segment Info:
Vernon Wildlife Area WDNR Page  
ES past the Mukwonago

CTH ES Access Site to Center Drive Access Site
River miles:
160.50 to 155.53

Distance:
4.97 miles  

Approximate time:
2-3 hours  

Difficulty: 
Easy  

Portages:
None  

Fees:
None
Put In:
Park at the large grave lot north of the CTH ES bridge. The CTH ES Access Site is a wide gravel and dirt ramp down to the water.  

Along the Way:
As you run the Fox River, ES past the Mukwonago, you’ll be in good company. A half mile into the trip, the Mukwonago River meets the Fox. The Mukwonago River is one of the most biologically diverse rivers in Wisconsin. These waters mix before the river goes under Interstate 43, snaking east through a large network of wetlands.  It is important to note that this segment is a popular run for jet skiers.  

Take Out:
The Center Drive Access Site lands just before the Center Drive bridge. This carry-in site is a gravel slope with gravel shoulder parking on both sides of the road.  

Other Segment Info:
Mukwonago River WDNR Page
Friends of the Mukwonago River  
Center Drive to Big Bend

Center Drive Access Site to Big Bend Riverside Park
River miles:
155.53 to 153.11

Distance:
2.43 miles  

Approximate time:
1 hour  

Difficulty: 
Easy  

Portages:
None  

Fees:
Yes
Put In:
Park at the gravel shoulder spaces along Center Driver on the south side of the bridge. The Center Drive Access Site is a gravel slope to the river on the west side of Center Drive.  

Along the Way:
The Center Drive to Big Bend segment is an easy paddle along a meandering Fox River. The landscape is a mix of agriculture, forest, and wetlands. Edgewood Golf Course borders the river halfway through this paddle. It is important to note that this segment is a popular run for jet skiers.  

Take Out:
At the beginning of the “Big Bend”, the river borders Big Bend Village Park and the Big Bend Riverside Park access point. This paved boat launch and dock are a fee access site, with a daily fee drop box near the parking lot.  
Paddle Around the Big Bend

Center Drive Access Site to Fox River Greenway (Big Bend)
River miles:
155.53 to 151.80

Distance:
3.73 miles  

Approximate time:
1.5-2 hours  

Difficulty: 
Easy  

Portages:
None  

Fees:
None
Put In:
Park at the gravel shoulder spaces along Center Driver on the south side of the bridge. The Center Drive Access Site is a gravel slope to the river on the west side of Center Drive.  

Along the Way:
This segment is an easy Paddle Around the Big Bend in the Fox River. Halfway through this route, you’ll find Big Bend Village Park and the Big Bend Riverside Park boat ramp. The take out is another 1.5 miles downstream of the Village of Big Bend. It is important to note that this segment is a popular run for jet skiers.  

Take Out:
The Fox River runs parallel to State Highway 164, and just as the river turns back west, the Fox River Greenway (Big Bend) access site appears. This launch is a wide dirt ramp and a gravel parking loop off of STH 164.  
Big Bend to Captain Missy’s

Fox River Greenway (Big Bend) to Captain Missy’s/Fox River Landing
River miles:
151.80 to 147.26

Distance:
4.54 miles  

Approximate time:
1.5-2 hours  

Difficulty: 
Moderate  

Portages:
None  

Fees:
None
Put In:
Park at the gravel loop off of State Highway 164. The Fox River Greenway (Big Bend) access site is a dirt ramp leading to the river.  

Along the Way:
The Fox River leaves Big Bend and zigzags a dozen plus times along the Big Bend to Captain Missy’s route. The river winds through a mix of wetland and forest, with many private, residential piers along the river. At the end of this paddle, grab a beer and burger at Captain Missy’s tavern.  

Take Out:
Captain Missy’s/Fox River Landing is a private access point on the east bank of the Fox River. They own a large dock right on the river with a parking lot at the bar and grill. Captain Missy’s also offers canoe rentals, with a shuttle service available to the Big Bend access sites.  

Other Segment Info:
Captain Missy’s, (262) 662-3337, 8330 Fox River Rd, Waterford, WI  
Big Bend to Tichigan

Fox River Greenway (Big Bend) to Tichigan Lake Public Access
River miles:
151.80 to 146.48

Distance:
5.33 miles  

Approximate time:
2-3 hours  

Difficulty: 
Moderate  

Portages:
None  

Fees:
None
Put In:
Park at the gravel loop off of State Highway 164. The Fox River Greenway (Big Bend) access site is a dirt ramp leading to the river.  

Along the Way:
The Big Bend to Tichigan segment is a nice long paddle, with the option to stop for lunch just over half way at Captain Missy’s. The Fox River winds through a mix of forest and wetlands, and there are many private, residential docks on the water.  

Take Out:
The WDNR Tichigan Lake Public Access boat ramp is located on the west bank of the Fox River, just before the river opens up into Tichigan Lake. This paved access point has a loading dock and multiple parking spaces. Mind larger boat traffic making their way downstream to Tichigan Lake.  

Other Segment Info:
Captain Missy’s, (262) 662-3337, 8330 Fox River Rd, Waterford, WI
Tichigan
Lake WDNR Page  
Tichigan and Buena Lakes

Tichigan Lake Public Access to River City Marina or Huening Park
River miles:
146.48 to 141.65

Distance:
4.83 miles  

Approximate time:
2-3 hours  

Difficulty: 
Moderate  

Portages:
None  

Fees:
None
Put In:
The parking lot for the WDNR Tichigan Lake Public Access boat ramp is located off of Conservation Drive. This paved access point has a loading dock and multiple parking spaces. Mind larger boat traffic making their way downstream to Tichigan Lake.  

Along the Way:
Within a mile of leaving the Tichigan Lake Public Access boat ramp, the Fox River widens as the Tichigan flowage floods the landscape. In some portions of this paddle, the river current disappears, and windy days will test your stamina.  But don’t be intimidated, because this segment is an anglers dream. There are abundant gamefish, as well as “fill your freezer” sunfish species.  

Follow the east bank to the end of the Tichigan peninsula. Watch for heavy boat traffic in this area. Continue following the river south. Buena Lake is a large flowage to the west. The Fox River narrows as it enters the Village of Waterford. There are many private residential piers on both sides of the river.  

As you get closer to downtown Waterford, the river forks. The River City Marina access point is down the east fork, and the Huening Park access point will be on the west fork.  

Take Out #1:
The River City Marina access point is a privately owned pier and ramp on the east bank of the Fox River, upstream of the eastern dam of the Waterford Impoundment. There is no fee for this access site, and parking is located along North Milwaukee Street.  

Take Out #2:
The Huening Park access site is located on the west bank of the Fox River and is a paved launch with a pier, upstream of the western dam of the Waterford Impoundment. This site is also accessible for those with disabilities. Trailered parking is available, and carry-in parking is available at the Waterford Village Hall.   

Note:
If you are continuing your trip from Huening Park, you must portage the Waterford Impoundment. Portage along the river walk to the Village Hall Park access site. This is just upstream of the West Main Street (State Highway 83) bridge, at the Waterford Village Hall.  

Other Segment Info:
Tichigan Lake WDNR Page
Buena Lake WDNR Page
Waterford Waterway Management District
River City Marina
Village of Waterford Page
River Gauge Above Waterford Dam  
Waterford Dam to Rochester Dam

Village Hall Park or River Bend Park to Pioneer Memorial Park or Case Eagle Park North
River miles:
141.54 to 139.37

Distance:
1.62 to 2.18  

Approximate time:
45 minutes-1 hour  

Difficulty: 
Easy  

Portages:
None  

Fees:
None
Put In #1:
Park at the Waterford Village Hall lot. The Village Hall Park access site is a paved ramp located on the back side of the Village Hall.  

Put In #2:
The River Bend Park access site is located on the south side of the West Main Street bridge, on the west bank of the Fox River. Park on the South River Street for this short carry-in access site. The launch is a gradual grassy slope.  

Along the Way:
The Waterford Dam to Rochester Dam trip is a nice easy paddle between these small communities. Just north of Rochester, the Wind Lake Canal adds volume to the river. Given this reaches North-South orientation, be aware of wind direction and speeds. South winds exceeding 15mph can make this a very difficult paddle. Fox River Paddle Sports operates a kayak rental business in Waterford at the Village Hall Park access site. They offer a shuttle service as well.  

Take Out #1:
Immediately after crossing under the East Main Street bridge in the Village of Rochester, on the western bank you will see Pioneer Memorial Park. The access site is a gradual grassy slope to the river. Park along North Browns Lake Drive.  

Take Out #2
The Case Eagle Park North access site is on the east bank of the Fox River, just upstream from the Rochester Dam. There is a parking lot near the dam.  

Note:
If you are continuing your trip from Case Eagle Park North, you must portage the Rochester Dam. Portage along the west bank, to the Case Eagle Park South access site.  

Other Segment Info:
Village of Waterford Page
Village of Rochester Parks
Fox River Paddle Sports  
Rochester to Burlington

Case Eagle Park South to CTH W Access Site
River miles:
139.32 to 136.21

Distance:
3.11 miles  

Approximate time:
1-1.5 hours  

Difficulty: 
Easy  

Portages:
None  

Fees:
None
Put In:
Park at the lot in Case Eagle Park, near the Jean Jacobson Dog Park. The Case Eagle Park South access site is on the east bank of the Fox River, just downstream from the Rochester Dam. This site is a carry-in site a short walk from parking.  

Optional Put In or Take Out:
For a shorter trip, 1.1 miles downstream from the Rochester Dam is the Saller Woods access site. Park in the lot off of State Highway 83. The launch is a gradual grassy slope carry-in site.  

Along the Way:
The Fox River along the Rochester to Burlington segment is wide and shallow. The river banks are forested, except where the river passes under State Highway 83. For a shorter trip, consider using the Saller Woods access site.  

Take Out:
The CTH W Access Site is located on the north bank and the east side of the Browns Lake Drive (CTH W) bridge. The launch is a gradual grassy slope to the river. Park on the gravel shoulder on the east side of the road.  

Other Segment Info:
Village of Rochester Parks  
The Backdoor into Burlington

CTH W Access Site to Riverside Park (Burlington)
River miles:
136.21 to 133.67

Distance:
2.54 miles  

Approximate Time:
1-1.5 hours  

Difficulty: 
Easy  

Portages:
None  

Fees:
None
Put In:
Park on the gravel shoulder on the east side of Browns Lake Drive (CTH W), on the north side of the bridge. The CTH W Access Site launch is a gradual grassy slope to the river.  

Along the Way:
The Backdoor to Burlington is an easy paddle with forested banks. After passing the Browns Lake Golf Course, the Fox River takes a turn to the west and into the heart of Burlington.  

Take Out:
The Riverside Park (Burlington) access site is located on the north bank of the Fox River, and is a paved ramp to the water. This site is best suited for carry-in access due to steep drop from pavement to river. There is a parking lot along Congress Street.  

Other Segment Info:
City of Burlington Riverside Park Page  
Downtown Burlington

Riverside Park (Burlington) to Bushnell Park
River miles:
133.67 to 132.55

Distance:
1.12 miles  

Approximate Time:
45 minutes  

Difficulty:
Easy  

Portages:
None  

Fees:
None
Put In:
Park in the lot on Congress Street. The Riverside Park (Burlington) access site is a paved ramp to the water. This site is best suited for carry-in access due to steep drop from pavement to river.  

Along the Way:
Not long after setting off from the Riverside Park (Burlington) access site, the Fox River makes a hairpin turn to the southeast. The White River meets the Fox after spilling out of the Echo Lake Dam, and adds to the volume and current. The river passes under the Jefferson and State Street bridges as it leaves Downtown Burlington. The banks become forested and the river enters Bushnell Park.  

Take Out:
Look for a bike path bridge crossing the Fox River. The Bushnell Park access site is a grassy slope next to the bridge. Follow the paved path to a parking lot in Bushnell Park.  

Other Segment Info:
City of Burlington Riverside Park Page
City of Burlington Bushnell Park Page  
Bushnell Park to Hoosier Creek

Bushnell Park to Hoosier Creek Road Access Site
River miles:
132.55 to 127.76

Distance:
4.79 miles  

Approximate Time:
2-2.5 hours  

Difficulty: 
Moderate  

Portages:
None  

Fees:
None
Put In:
Park in the lot on the west side of Bushnell Road (State Highway 142). Follow the paved path to the Bushnell Park access site. The launch is a grassy slope next to the bridge.  

Optional Put In:
The St. Mary’s Park -South access site is adjacent to the Burlington Dog Park on Calumet Street. There is a parking lot and the launch is an undeveloped slope to the water.  

Along the Way:
As the Fox River leaves Burlington, it works its way down forested river banks, flanked by the rural Wisconsin landscape. The diversity of fish species in the segment, including many game species, make this 5 mile float an anglers dream. A mile and a half upstream from the take out, Hoosier Creek joins the Fox.  

Take Out:
The Hoosier Creek Road Access Site falls just downstream of a point where the river runs adjacent to a rail line on the east bank. The site is a gravel and dirt ramp, and there is parking off the road. Hoosier Creek Road is a dead end road.  

Other Segment Info:
City of Burlington Bushnell Park Page  
Wheatland

CTH JB Access to 328th Avenue/CTH W
River miles:
127.22 to 124.33

Distance:
2.89 miles  

Approximate Time:
1-1.5 hours  

Difficulty: 
Easy  

Portages:
None  

Fees:
None
Put In:
Park on the east side of the CTH JB bridge, on the south side of the road. The CTH JB Access site is a gravel ramp down to the water.  

Optional Put In:
Park in the gravel lot off of Hoosier Creek Road. Hoosier Creek Road is a dead end road. The Hoosier Creek Road Access Site is a gravel and dirt ramp down to the water.  

Along the Way:
This nearly three mile stretch of the Fox River is an easy paddle through the Town of Wheatland. The banks of the Wheatland segment are surrounded by farmland, and the last portion opens into the Fox floodplain. Add an extra half mile to this segment by starting at the Hoosier Creek Road Access Site.  

Take Out:
The 328th Avenue/CTH W access site is on the east bank of the river. The launch is a set of cement stairs down to the water. Parking in the gravel lot off of CTH W.  

Other Segment Info:
Kenosha County Fox River Trail Page  
New Munster and Silver Lake

328th Avenue/CTH W to Fox River Park (Silver Lake)
River miles:
124.33 to 118.63  

Distance:
5.70 miles  

Approximate time:
2-3 hours  

Difficulty: 
Moderate  

Portages:
None  

Fees:
None
Put In:
Park at the gravel lot off of CTH W. The 328th Avenue/CTH W access site is on the east bank of the river. The launch is a set of cement stairs down to the water.  

Along the Way:
The New Munster and Silver Lake segment winds its way through the Fox River floodplain. For most of this journey, agriculture and wetlands are found on the west bank, and the community of Silver Lake on the east bank.  

Take Out:
After crossing under the Silver Lake Road bridge, Fox River Park is on the immediate western bank. The Fox River Park (Silver Lake) site is a concrete launch, with a paved parking lot at the launch.  

Other Segment Info:
Kenosha County Fox River Trail Page  
Wilmot

Fox River Park (Silver Lake) to Wilmot Access (CTH C)
River miles:
118.63 to 116.12

Distance:
2.51 miles  

Approximate time:
1-1.5 hours  

Difficulty: 
Easy  

Portages:
None  

Fees:
None
Put In:
Park in the lot at Fox River Park, just west of the Silver Lake Road bridge. The Fox River Park (Silver Lake) site is a concrete launch with facilities in the park.  

Along the Way:
Soon after leaving the Fox River Park (Silver Lake) site, the outflow creek from Silver Lake joins the Fox. The landscape is a mix of forested banks and wetlands at the meanders. This is an easy paddle on the last full segment of the FRWT in Wisconsin.  

Take Out:
After crossing under the Wilmot Road bridge, the Wilmot Access (CTH C) site will be on the east bank. This carry-in site has a large gravel parking lot next to the take out.  

Other Segment Info:
Kenosha County Fox River Trail Page