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Craft an experience on the water. Paddle, sail, or motor along our historic waterways and locks system in your own vessel or one of ours.
Power boaters are welcome at marinas throughout the Fox Cities. Municipalities also maintain safe and affordable recreational boat launches all along the waterways, just as canoe and kayak enthusiasts will find calm, modern put-ins. Sailing is a popular sport on Lake Winnebago whose relatively shallow waters rapidly change and challenge sailors on their Flying Scots, keelboats, and small dinghies; ice boats even dot the horizon in the winter. You’ll find plenty of provisions available at boater-friendly pubs and eateries along the shoreline.
The Fox Cities’ annual paddling events include July’s Park-to-Park Paddle, an 8.4 mile trek from Neenah to Appleton. Much camaraderie ensues as paddlers experience a portion of the larger Fox Locks System, comprised of 16 historic fully restored hand-operated locks built to facilitate the region’s river navigation—despite a significant drop in elevation from Lake Winnebago to Green Bay. In the fall, the Appleton Locks Paddle goes from Lutz Park in Appleton to Sunset Park in Kimberly and passes through four of these locks. They really are a marvel of 19th century technology!
If you’d rather sit back and hire a boat captain, The River Tyme Too of Fox River Tours plies the water of the Fox River from its dock at RiverHeath in Downtown Appleton and offers both public tours and private charters.