Menomonee river


You might not know that this creek runs under your neighborhood

Published Nov. 6, 2017

Many people - including me - only know Schoonmaker Creek as what looks more like a culvert running through the Washington Highlands. But it actually originates a few miles to the northwest, hidden from view. A meeting this week discusses ideas on how to prevent it flooding.


9 great reasons to go out and explore Milwaukee by kayak right now

Published June 28, 2016

You owe it to yourself to spend a day enjoying Milwaukee's current Downtown transformation from the wonderful waterways that have always been here, seeing the city from the inside out at a leisurely pace that's also a good workout (and could involve beers).


Milwaukee Riverkeeper releases the 2014 Milwaukee River Basin Report Card

Published Sept. 28, 2015

Today, Milwaukee Riverkeeper released its fifth Annual Milwaukee River Basin Report Card, a detailed summary of the health of the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic River watersheds. Overall, the Milwaukee River Basin received a C- in 2014, slightly lower than 2013's overall grade of a C, but up from 2011's overall D+.


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.


She said/she said: Happy hour at Twisted Fisherman

Published July 23, 2015

She said/she said is a series of rapid reviews written by the intrepid duo, Lori Fredrich (the foodie) and Carolynn Buser (the socialite). Tune in weekly for our latest meanderings on hot spots around town. This week we're at Twisted Fisherman for happy hour.


A guide to bars and restaurants overlooking water

Published July 31, 2014

Recently, set out to identify every City of Milwaukee bar or eatery that's next to a body of water. In order to do so, we followed the lake and rivers and made a list. We didn't stop in at all of these places, but we did drop in at a few. Here's a full guide.


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.


Urban spelunking: A photographic waterways journey

Published Sept. 6, 2013

Never waste an opportunity, I say. So, when the team found itself cruising the Milwaukee and Menomonee Rivers and doing a quick turn just beyond the Hoan Bridge, I snapped away at this view that many of us don't see on a regular basis.


Milwaukee fishing guide

Published March 25, 2012

Here's an introduction to some of the best places to angle in the Brew City area, along with info about tackle shops and fishing charters. In fact, it's almost everything you need to get started fishing Lake Michigan and other area waterways.


Heat Index: June 2011

Published June 28, 2011

With Summerfest - the traditional start of summer in Milwaukee - just a day away, we thought it would be a good time to check the city's collective temperature. What's hot, what's cold ... what's in between, find out in this installment of the Heat Index.


Thinking of swimming in the Milwaukee River?

Published June 8, 2010

Thinking about following this guy (pictured) into the Milwaukee River? Think again. It's not illegal to swim in the river in Downtown Milwaukee, but it's an "area of concern."


Car sellers may have to pay to 'take it to the streets'

Published April 17, 2009

One of the easiest, most effective ways to sell a used car is to park it on the street and slap a "For Sale" sign in the window. If Milwaukee aldermen have their way, city residents will pay $40 for that right. Making matters worse, they'll have to wait in line at a tow lot in order to purchase the permit.


Lensman Daniel discusses the urban wilderness

Published Nov. 25, 2008

Back in September, we told you about Eddee Daniel's book "Urban Wilderness: Exploring a Metropolitan Watershed," published in large-format paperback by the Center for American Places and Columbia College Chicago. We recently caught up with Daniel to ask him about the book and about his involvement with the Menomonee River and more.