Three Great Ways to Enjoy Greater Green Bay’s “Fresh Coast”

beth-circle-head Beth Heller

For this week’s snapshot, we’re looking at Green Bay from lake (and river) level.  You may have heard Green Bay’s Mayor, Jim Schmitt, joke that Green Bay isn’t on the East coast or the West Coast, it’s on the “Fresh Coast,”  where river and bay come together to create one of our community’s greatest assets. We love that take – and would like to see Greater Green Bay’s “Fresh Coast” become as synonymous with “well-being” as the West coast is with “healthy.”

If Live54218’s role is to inspire and promote an active, connected and truly well culture, we’ve got a wealth of opportunity flowing through our area and here are a few ways you can dip your toe in our water culture:  

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Fox River Tours

If you haven’t met River Tyme yet, you’re in for a treat.  This double-decked, circa 1953 River Boat cruises from her home dock in De Pere upstream to Little Rapids, and from time to time downstream to the Bay, and back several times a day from June to October.  With a covered lower deck and an open upper deck, the boat offers sun and shade as well as 90 minutes of relaxation in the fresh air.  These tours, which bring people together to enjoy the serenity of a flowing river, highlight what an asset this water is to the well-being of inhabitants and visitors alike.  

Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve

Did you know that Brown County hosts one of the oldest waterfowl preserves in Wisconsin?  This fantastic park offers year-round environmental education, and one of the fantastic programs is Adventure Kayaking.  Barkhausen offers events for beginners to more advanced paddlers that range in destination, duration and time of day.   Seriously, where else can you get up close and personal with a blue heron while simultaneously toning your upper body muscles?  

Green Bay Sail & Paddle

Water sports are awesome, but let’s face it, they can also put pressure on the pocketbook.  Green Bay Sail & Paddle is a local organization dedicated to making sailing and kayaking accessible to all in Green Bay, regardless of means.  In addition to programs offered through local community organizations and school districts, the group is offering free sailboat rides on Saturday, June 13 (sign up here!).  The group also offers fun activities like date-night couples sailing lessons and sailing lessons for women.  

Fox River Trail, CityDeck and Bay Beach

You don’t have to be on the water to enjoy the water.  Two biking and walking trails, the East River Trail and Fox River Trail, run along rivers.  The flow of water, the quiet peace of folks fishing, and the passage of boat and kayaks, infuse these trails with a sense of tranquility and constantly shifting scenery.  For a more social experience, explore the CityDeck’s concerts and events, or view the expanse of the Bay from the top of the Zippen Pippen.

Remember, it’s not enough just to have these awesome venues in our community, to be truly well, we need to use them and share them with others.  If you have ideas on how to enjoy our waterfront, share them here!


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