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.
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.
Last June, Mike and Kristyn Eitel opened Panga, a bar and grill with water access located on the edge of Upper Nemahbin Lake near Oconomowoc. There's lots of new stuff this season; read on for the deets.
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.
The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center formed as a not-for-profit organization in 1977. Over the years, the MCSC has provided more than 100,000 people the opportunity to learn to sail.
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.
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.
Summer in Milwaukee means soaking up as much fun and sun as possible, especially on the water. Not everyone has their sea legs, though, and that's where the Milwaukee Police Department's Harbor Patrol comes in.
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.
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.
Three OnMilwaukee.com writers spent two nights -- and guzzled countless cocktails -- on "booze cruises." Here are their stories.
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.
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.
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.
If you're itching to get out on the lake, here are a few ways to do it, including boat rentals, cruises, charters and more!