Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway: Water Trail Development

Appleton, WI

The Fox-Wisconsin Water Trail Project was headed by Interpretive Solutions.

Scope: Wayside Paddlepoints, Launch Assessments

Download: Interpretive Master Plan

Easy access for everyone is a primary concern of the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Water Trail (FWHWT) which gives paddlers access to hundreds of heritage and environmental sites along the Lower Wisconsin, the Upper Fox, the Pool Lakes, and the Lower Fox rivers. Together this 280-mile long historic waterway creates numerous paddling opportunities, from the Mississippi River to the Portage to the Bay of Green Bay. Interpretive Solutions worked with the Parkway to help develop a heritage tourism strategy which includes an easy access launch program.

Today there is a significant component of the nation’s population that still cannot get on or off the river without specialized support systems in place – even if traditional ramps are built in accordance with universal design principles. Interpretive Solutions role, as consultant to the Fox Wisconsin Heritage Water Trail, was to develop a plan for submission to the National Park Service for National Water Trail status. IS helped partner communities learn about the 15 accessible launches that are being located at strategic locations along the water trail. IS also worked with FWHWT representatives to evaluate new paddling opportunities for individuals with disabilities plus other recreational uses that promote wellness goals. Video interviews, conducted by Interpretive Solutions with users of the EZ Launch system, discussed the benefits of this well received accessibility program. Visit the Heritage Parkway’s site for more information about the program and view the IS produced video interview about “Independence that an Accessible Launch Give.” Click here to view it