Where to Kayak Green Bay’s Best Waterways
Find great places to get on the water along the Fox River Trail or head to Algoma for a memorable day of bay kayaking
With a name like Green Bay, it’s no wonder that our city is marked by its many spectacular waterside views. Between the bay, the Fox River and nearby Lake Michigan, Green Bay is situated perfectly among some of the most striking bodies of water in the state. Water is something that flows into each day in every way here in Green Bay, which is music to any kayaker’s ears. With several watery destinations to explore, you can B.Y.O.K. or rent a kayak as you take in a different view of Green Bay. Here are three areas you need to add to your itinerary.
Kayaking Green Bay
Nestled near the west shore of Green Bay, you’ll find the popular Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve where you can take to the waters on your own or go on a tour with an experienced preserve guide. Here, you’ll find 920 stunning acres of wetlands, meadows and forests brimming with geese and otters. Next, head over to Dead Horse Bay for a glimpse of the historic Long Tail Point Lighthouse, a decommissioned brick structure originally built in 1837.
Close to downtown and right on the water, you and your kiddos will love making a stop at Bay Beach Amusement Park, an old-fashioned destination for fun packed with rides, a train and classic amusement park eats. Down the way, you can set your kayak aside for an activity on land that’s not to be missed — Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, residing on 600 pristine acres and presenting rescue animals of all shapes and sizes, from owls to deer to wolves.
On Green Bay’s eastern shore, there’s Bay Shore County Park, perched on top of the Niagara Escarpment providing heart-racing views of the region (make some time to watch the sunset!). It’s also an ideal spot for kayaking families, complete with a nautical-themed playground and a campground with 110 sites.
Kayaking the Fox River
If you’d like to kayak the Fox River, which runs right through the heart of Green Bay, but you didn’t bring your kayak with you, never fear — you’ll be covered with a rental at Kayak Wisconsin in nearby Wrightstown or Green Bay Sail & Paddle, located right where the Fox River empties into Green Bay. The Fox River provides kayakers with urban views to truly take in all that the city has to offer, including several neighborhood restaurants that sit directly on the riverbanks.
Titletown Brewing Co. encapsulates the Green Bay spirit with its many made-on-site craft brews, including IPAs, pilsners, ales (and root beer for the little ones) along with stick-to-your-ribs pub grub like tacos and tamales. You should also visit Fox Harbor Pub & Grill, readied with gorgeous waterside views and a jam-packed menu, featuring buffalo chicken cheese dip, chili and a Friday fish fry. For a bit of history, keep your eye out for the Grassy Island Range Lighthouse, in white brick and situated in the spot where the river meets the bay.
Kayaking Lake Michigan
For a mini road trip to get in some high-quality kayaking, head to neighboring Algoma, which rests right on the shores of Lake Michigan. The city is home to the famous Crescent Beach and Boardwalk. While you can certainly appreciate the beachy views from your kayak, it’s worth a stop as well so you can walk the half-mile boardwalk, play some beach volleyball or fly a kite. Looking for a lakeside eatery in Algoma? Visit the laid-back Red’s Pub & Grill, located just a little ways from downtown and offering plenty of libations and hearty sandwiches. Also, you can’t miss the bright-red Algoma Pierhead Lighthouse, built in 1893 and still working today.
Wherever you choose to put in this Summer, embrace the spirit of discovery that always leads to good times along Green Bay’s waterways.
Get on the Water
If you prefer to leave the navigating to someone else, find many boat tours that take visitors out onto the waterways of Green Bay.