Why improve the river access & portage?

River access is an important improvement at Kletzsch to better support the number of people using the Milwaukee River at this location for recreational purposes, including anglers and paddlers.

The existing portage access consists of a few rustic steps in poor condition that are located too close to the dam to ensure safe exit from the water. Additionally, there is no formal public river access downstream of the dam. The rock walls and slippery slopes along the bluff are dangerous to navigate, and paddlers are challenged by the rock while portaging a boat.

Universal design principles are the basis of the proposed access, and will help retain the natural character of the setting while providing a portage, launch site, and angler access that supports people of all abilities. Connecting people directly to the water promotes stewardship of the river.

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