Boating

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8 great lakes near Milwaukee that aren't Great Lakes

Published Sept. 21, 2017

While we may not be the land of 10,000 lakes, we prize quality over quantity, and there are some great places for recreation and reflection within a quick drive from Milwaukee. Here are some of our favorites.

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Our dear Lake Michigan is the deadliest of the Great Lakes

Published Sept. 20, 2017

We're lucky to live on the scenic shores of Lake Michigan, soaked with all the picturesque beauty and recreation opportunities we could want. But our beloved body of water has a dark, dangerous secret: It's the deadliest of the Great Lakes, and it's not even close.

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Urban spelunking: Milwaukee bridge operators talk about their job

Published Aug. 10, 2015

We stopped in at the Michigan Street Bridge house to talk to Bridge Operations Supervisor Timothy Thompson and Bridge Operator Chris Neldner, both 26-year veterans of Milwaukee's lift bridges, which have been opening at a record rate this year thanks to the high water levels. Here, they tell us about the various facets of the bridges and their jobs.

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Have you seen Milwaukee's "party pontoon?"

Published Sept. 21, 2013

Anyone who spends time on or near the Downtown waterways might have caught a glimpse of Milwaukee's "party pontoon." Or they might have heard it.

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Milwaukee Kayak provides awesome autumn adventures

Published Sept. 14, 2013

With temperatures regularly above 70 degrees, lots of sunshine and a crisp "fall is in the air" breeze, September seems like a dependable time of year to plan an outdoor activity. We had this thought recently when we visited the Milwaukee Kayak Company and paddled the Downtown waterways on a beautiful September afternoon.

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Guide to boat-friendly Milwaukee restaurants

Published Oct. 28, 2010

If you are fortunate enough to own a boat -- or have a friend or family member who does -- knowing where to "drop anchor" for a nosh and a drink is integral to the fun. Milwaukee has numerous restaurants / bars with boat slips and here's a list of them.

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Milwaukee by boat

Published Oct. 11, 2010

Just over a week ago, I took a little boat ride. Something of a three-hour tour actually around the harbors and inlets of the Milwaukee coastline. I've done the booze cruise thing a few times before, but this was a small, unscheduled trip on a friend's boat.

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New River Taxi a green way to travel by water

Published March 18, 2008

Business partners Aaron Kelly and Aaron Brock are launching the Milwaukee River Taxi, an aquatic shuttle service with a series of stops at docks, restaurants and bars along the Riverwalk.

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Elm Grove's Kent sets out around the globe ... alone!

Published Sept. 17, 2002

Tim Kent of Elm Grove launched his Everest Horizontal sailboat last week in the longest race in the world. Kent is competing in the Around Alone sailing race, which covers 28,775 miles and literally circumnavigates the world.

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New project offers cruisers better first impression of city

Published Feb. 6, 2002

European cruise ships come to Milwaukee each year as they tour the Great Lakes, but when they dock the first thing visitors see is the industrial landscape of Jones Island. That could change in a year or so thanks to a plan by the Wisconsin Lake Schooner Education Association and the Port of Milwaukee, which hopes to create a better first impression of our city.