Kayak program to showcase Riveredge’s river mission


SAUKVILLE RESIDENTS helped clean trash from the Milwaukee River around Peninsula Park recently as part of the Riveredge Nature Center’s Community Rivers program. Participating were (clockwise from top left) Dave Farrow, Julie Dickson, Matt Smith of Riveredge and Tom Schuknecht. Photo by Sam Arendt

Saukville residents as young as 10 years old are invited to spend an evening paddling the Milwaukee River through the Riveredge Nature Center’s Community Rivers program.

“Kayak the Milwaukee River” will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, starting at Waubedonia Park in Fredonia and ending at Ehlers Park near Saukville.

The event is part of Riveredge’s Community Rivers program aimed at acquainting Ozaukee County residents with the area’s streams and improving water quality in them.

Program events have involved Grafton, Newburg and Saukville and have included river cleanups, family fishing opportunities, riverbank planting and a crawfish catch and boil potluck.

The project is funded through a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and it recently won a 2018 Watershed Champions award from the Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust.

The free excursion will be led by a Riveredge adventure guide. It will include a presentation on safe kayaking.

One-person kayaks will be provided but participants can bring their own.

The event is open to Saukville residents only through the Community Rivers Program. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Register by calling the nature center at 375-2715 and ask for Steff Merten.

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