Canoeing & Kayaking
Milwaukee Urban Water Trail
Paddle your way to relaxation – or attack the waters for an invigorating workout!
The Park System allows you to portage (carry) your non-motorized watercraft across park land and to launch into the rivers controlled by the Department.
Designated Access Sites
- Kletzsch Park Sluiceway – site near picnic area #5
- Kletzsch Park Falls – upstream site, just north of Mill Road
- Kletzsch Park Falls – downstream site, just south of Mill Road
- Lincoln Park - on the East Bank of the river, north of Hampton
- Estabrook Dam - upstream of the "shark's teeth"
- Estabrook Dam - downstream site at natural beach
- Estabrook Dam - portage trail
- Riverside Park - East Bank access near the Urban Ecology Center
- Pere Marquette Park - West Bank access
- River Front Boat Launch - site at South Water and Bruce Street
Because this site has Launch Ramps, there is a charge to launch motorized as well as non-motorized watercraft. For details see the Boat Launch Sites.
Access Sites listed above along with non-Milwaukee County Parks access sites are illustrated on the Milwaukee Urban Water Trail map, available at the Friends of Milwaukee's Rivers website.
- You must not trailer your watercraft across parkland, because this causes damage to the surrounding environment.
- You must not put your craft into a lagoon. Watercraft are not allowed on lagoons without the written permission of the Department.
- You must not land upon the shores of a golf course.
For your safety . . .
- Know your ability.
- Be aware that water/weather conditions can change rapidly.
- Let someone know your plan (when you will leave, your route, when you expect to return).
- Know about hypothermia and wear appropriate clothing to insulate your body, such as a wet or dry suit. This is especially important for kayakers.
- Have the proper safety equipment, including a personal flotation device, hand-held pump, flares, reflective tape, and a sound-producing device such as a whistle or air horn.
- For general conditions, call the Port of Milwaukee at (414) 286-3610.
- Use common sense!