River Fun in Appleton, Wisconsin

Experience Urban Wilderness


Witness native flowers and wildlife while exploring two existing riverfront trails: North Island Trail and Newberry Trail.



Explore the historic Fox River by Kayak, Canoe or Boat. New portages are being added to help you navigate through the reopened locks system. (Include water route map and links to paddler sites).


Eagle Watching Observation Decks are being considered to enjoy the up-close viewing of bald eagles, sandhill cranes, geese, ducks and other creatures of the wild.


Riverfront Activities & Events coming soon

A Unique Sense of Place

Four main attributes help define a GREAT place, according to Project for Public Spaces:

  • Easily accessible

  • Provides recreational &
    social activities

  • Creates a comfortable,
    positive image

  • Sociable place where people like to gather

In addition to being accessible, successful placemaking connects people with each other. A major emphasis of this development project is to create walkable and transit links to neighboring destinations, including Downtown Appleton. Several public input sessions will be held to gather feedback about what types of new places would enhance the area.