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Taking Stock of the New Fox
Posted by helen on June 7th, 2012
From the Wisconsin River Alliance website…
Perhaps more than any other Wisconsin river, the Fox is enjoying a real renaissance. The curse of toxic PCBs is being cleaned up, river cities are redeveloping their waterfronts, and citizens are organizing to honor the river’s history and ecology.
In partnership with the Friends of the Fox and the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway, the Wisconsin River Alliance is organizing a tour, by motorboat, of the Fox River, featuring many facets of the Fox, past and future. We’ll begin at the Appleton Yacht Club, where we’ll board motorboats and head upstream toward Menasha.
At Menasha, we’ll learn about the historic Fox locks — their history, future, and we’ll meet the man who leads the organization managing all the Fox locks. We’ll continue upstream, via Lake Winnebago, to downtown Neenah, where we’ll see first hand how that city has turned industrial wasteland into an attractive and economically thriving riverfront.
As we travel up and down the river by boat, you’ll hear from other local experts, whose knowledge about and passion for the Fox River will make this a fun and memorable event.
Where: We’ll board motorboats at the Appleton Yacht Club, do our river tour, and return there.
When: Friday, July 13th, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Details: Space is limited to 20 participants. Food (on the return trip) and drinks on the boats are included. (download the itinerary)
Optional morning session: See new riverfront redevelopment in downtown Appleton with Randy Stadtmueller, a local real estate developer who is committed to reviving the Fox River’s aesthetic appeal and economic potential. That tour starts at 10:30. We would end in time for lunch at a nearby cafe (not included in this trip fee), and join the boat tour at 1:00.