Fox Wisconsin Heritage Parkway

A non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement and preservation of the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers.

Current Planning Efforts

Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Water Trail Plan

In 2013, the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Water Trail received designation as a National Recreation Trail.  The Parkway will develop a Water Trail Plan in 2014 as part of its mission to promote river stewardship and recreation along the Parkway.  The result:  the most accessible water trail in Wisconsin. The plan will  advance river inventory and mapping efforts, improve paddler safety, create a comprehensive water trail marker signage program, develop new interpretive and learning experiences, address aquatic invasive species (AIS) related environmental concerns, promote tourism, and encourage growth of local businesses along the water trail.

Fox River Navigational System Authority Signage Study

The Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway (FWHP) will program and design a signage system for 17 lock sites along the Lower Fox River, including development of prototype signs at De Pere lock. Retained by the Fox River Navigational Authority’s (FRNSA) in December, the FWHP will create a comprehensive program of directional and interpretive signage.  Platypus Advertising + Design will establish graphics standards for the system. The project will be completed by April 2014.

Hmong Voices Project

The Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway is seeking Hmong participants for an exciting project to gather photos and images that will help the organization better understand the experiences with and feelings about the Fox-Wisconsin river system of Hmong people who live in the Fox Valley of Northeastern Wisconsin.  The organization will use the information gained from these activities to create variety of programming and facilities along these rivers as the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway an effort to preserve the history and enhance the environment and recreational opportunities in this river corridor is developed.

If you are interested in participating, please contact project consultant Paul Van Auken at 920.424.2038 or vanaukep@uwosh.edu, or for a Hmong speaker, please contact project assistant Chong Xiong at 920.645.8245 or xiongc35@uwosh.edu.

Water Trail Portage Project

The Water Trail Portage project is one link in the chain of projects for the completion of the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway. This project is being brought forth through the dedication of the Friends of the Fox organization, in association with the Heritage Parkway. More information is available on this project, here.

Locktender House Lodging Project

The Parkway has an opportunity to open up a piece of history to the public. With help, various lock houses along the parkway can be restored to their period-specific look. Once that is accomplished each house could be rented out as a vacation home or for overnight accommodation. This effort will help bring people and history face to face, while providing a comfortable place to rest. The project is great, not just for history buffs, but for any paddle enthusiast. Anybody making the long journey down the river could rest their weary arms by making a reservation at each lock house along the river.

ADA Boat Landings

Access to the water for people of all abilities is important to the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway. There are currently six places being targeted along the river to put in ADA landings. These landings will be a huge step in making the river more accessible to all people.

Interactive Kiosks

Through our new kiosk system, visitors will be able to conveniently learn about the Parkway, and see a map of the entire Parkway corridor that calls out historical and recreational highlights. The kiosks will:

  • Educate visitors about the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway
  • Place it geographically “on the map”
  • Highlight information about the nearby heritage assets; and
  • Include a sampling of things to see and do in the immediate vicinity

Click here for more info.

Need a plan?

The Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway is available for hire to help with planning needs, including recreation plans, interpretive plans, and others.  Please get in touch with Candice at info@heritageparkway.org for details.