The Outdoor Recreation Economy in Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Tourism Office of Outdoor Recreation released an economic impact study showing outdoor recreation's $7.8 billion contribution to the gross domestic product. Outdoor recreation remains one of the main drivers of visitation to the state, and from recreation-related visitor spending to outdoor equipment manufacturing to local retailers selling gear or rentals, the industry touches people and places across the state, including in the Fox Cities.
Outdoor Recreation in the Fox Cities
With a growing network of 100+ miles of trails, accessible nature preserves and parks, a one-of-a-kind state park, abundant water access along the Fox River and Lake Winnebago, and other outdoor recreation assets, the Fox Cities continues to attract visitors who opt outside, reflected in continued growth in visitor spending in the recreation category. These outdoor recreation assets also contribute to improved quality of life and outdoor opportunities for Fox Cities residents too.
Diverse outdoor recreation activities attract visitors year round to the Fox Cities, and outdoor recreation also supports jobs and spending in retail, manufacturing, and other industries. Fox Cities stores sell and rent equipment. Fox Cities restaurants fuel riders, runners, paddlers, and more ... on the go, before an adventure, or after a long day on the trail, water, or road. Local hotels and lodging options provide places of rest, comfort, and respite.
The Fox Cities CVB has invested in ongoing trail development and other tourism development projects across its 19 communities through its grant program in order to further enhance and promote such outdoor assets.
From the awe-inspiring cliffs and views at High Cliff State Park to the once-in-a-lifetime catch of sturgeon spearing on Lake Winnebago to a day on the course with friends, explore more Fox Cities outdoor recreation opportunities here.