The Water Trail Portage Project
The Water Trail Portage Project is one link in the chain of projects for the completion of the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway project. This project is being brought forth through the dedication of the Friends of the Fox organization. Friends of the Fox is honored and will work hard to be a part of the continued efforts in realizing the dream of a completed Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway.
Increased utilization and better access to our Fox River are key elements for the Friends of the Fox organization. The development of water trails and portages for non-motorized watercraft throughout the entire Fox River system will enhance opportunities for a great number of our paddling friends.
The first phase in this initiative is a portage project through the four Appleton locks and navigation canal. The Fox River System Navigation Authority has approved this project. The portage project has been scheduled to be completed in 2009, with a 2010 season opening.
Over the last two years the National Park Services Hydropower Assistance Program facilitated discussions during the federal licensing of the Middle Appleton hydropower project that resulted in Neenah Paper's contribution of funding assistance for project implementation; RiverHeath also contributed funding for the project, allowing us to commence with the first project of the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway.
Friends of the Fox is now seeking help to construct the portages at each of the Appleton lock locations. We will extend the portages throughout the system as additional locks are restored. If you think you can be of help with this project please contact us.
Current partners with Friends of the Fox are:
· Neenah Paper for financial support
· SEH for concept plans
· U.W. Platteville engineering program for detail plans
· U.S. Fish and Wildlife for their initial idea development
· City of Appleton for their initial idea development
· River Heath for financial support
· The Boldt Company for construction oversight
· Mielke Foundation for financial support
Additional phases of a comprehensive trail system will be developed as additional locks are renovated.