Milwaukee has officially been named one of Outside Magazine’s “Best River Towns in America” and with three rivers flowing around this city situated on Lake Michigan, it’s easy to see why. Milwaukee has more than 410 miles of streams, 85 lakes and the meeting of the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic rivers.
Former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson hopes Milwaukee will be “The Silicon Valley of water,” and with more than 130 water technology companies now based here, that dream is closer to being realized. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee also opened the country’s first School of Freshwater Science in 2009, and there is even a contest to rename Pittsburgh Avenue to something more water-centric.
The Milwaukee and Menomonee rivers are bustling with boaters, fishermen, runners, walkers and bikers, and the Kinnickinnic has been restored after being listed as the seventh most endangered in the country in 2007. The trails that border the waterways in Milwaukee give more pathways for runners and bikers to enjoy the rivers as well. Noted in the article as a favorite experience was, “sipping a beer at the pubs along the river.” For more information on the other top river towns, view the entire list from Outside Magazine.