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Friends of the Fox is an organization determined to be your advocate for the Upper and Lower Fox River System of Wisconsin.  The Upper Fox flows northeastward from just outside of Portage into Lake Winnebago at Oshkosh, and the Lower Fox begins at the north end of Lake Winnebago and flows north to the Bay of Green Bay. There are urban stretches of the river surrounded by housing, recreation, and industry as well as rural stretches of the river surrounded by agriculture and woodlands. Friends of the Fox looks at the complete picture of the river and the people who live and work on her banks. We strive to advocate for responsible use, responsible re-development, preservation of both culture and natural resources ... but most of all we strive to bring the many individuals along the system together to form one community ... a community of Fox River advocates.


The Fox River

Those who came before us were in love with this river….They chanted tribal songs of gratitude….Blessed the water with tobacco....Told grandfather stories of how the land laid itself open to make way for the great spirit river....The life blood of all people, of all generations to come.  The voyagers and settlers honored the river as a free-flowing highway....A nearby place to build homes....A pure and reckoning force for industrial power....Aren't we also in love with this river?  This common ancestor whose water runs through our veins?  Aren't we voyagers and settlers who bless the way early morning scatters light across the water?  Don't we all share a collective vision, a sense of holiness as a caretaker of the Fox River?  We are already the ancestors of new generations….

Will they not know how much we loved this river?  

Ellen Kort

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 Friends of the Fox  President, Dave Peck  


The Rapid Croche Transfer Station will prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species moving upstream from Wrightstown while allowing for safe boat transfer.

Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway was started as a collaborative effort by Friends of the Fox and East Central Regional Planning Commission to protect and enhance the abundant resources and unique history of the Fox and Lower Wisconsin Rivers.

Since that time the Parkway has grown to the point that it has now began an individual non-profit organization of its own and is no longer under the umbrella of Friends of the Fox. Friends of the Fox wishes the Parkway all of the best in its future endeavors and are pleased to have been instumental in the birth of the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway's organization!

Please visit them on the links below.

Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway Brochure Download

Fox-wisconsin Heritage Parkway e-Newsletters

volunteer opportunities 

Lower and Upper Fox Shoreline Clean-up 

Buoy Placement on the Fox River     

Lock Brush Removal

Appleton Trestle Trail Committee

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upcoming events you don't want to miss

Events will be posted as soon as current information is received

Federal Register notice published January 13, 2011 for a new drawbridge regulation to cover the operation of the Canadian National Railway drawbridge in Oshkosh.


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Friends of the Fox Inc.
PO Box 741
Appleton, WI 54912-0741

Phone (leave a voicemail): 920-707-2065

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