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Who’s In Charge?
The Fox River Trail is part of the Wisconsin state park system which is overseen by the Wisconsin Department of Natural
Resources (DNR).  The DNR delegates day to day operational management of the trail to Brown County.  Within Brown
County the Parks Department manages trail operations.
Trail Overview
The Fox River Trail offers a rich variety of
scenery as it meanders from downtown
Green Bay along the Fox River and passes
through the Brown County communities of 
Allouez,  De Pere, Rockland, Wrightstown
and Holland.  The 25 mile trail has
approximately 10 miles of paved surface on 
the more urban section from the trailhead in
downtown Green Bay going south.  The
southern section is crushed stone and
includes designated sections for horseback
riding.  As the trail surface changes in De
Pere, its path veers away from the river
passing by light industrial structures and
transitioning to rural and agricultural areas
on the way to Ott Rd. just north of Hilbert in
Calumet County.     
On The Way
In De Pere, the trail passes by Voyager Park which includes a popular fishing
area near the De Pere dam.  On the other side of the trail near the park is a
library branch and one block east on Broadway St. is a commercial area
featuring restaurants, bars,  and retail stores.  Just beyond Voyager Park is the
Claude Allouez Bridge and the De Pere lock and dam.  The new Claude Allouez
Bridge opened in October 2007.  The lock and dam system is one of only a few
remaining manually operated systems in the country.  Boats enter a chamber on
the edge of the dam where the water level is either raised or lowered to allow
continued upstream or downstream navigation.
After passing under the bridge, on the opposite bank is the over 100 year old
historic campus of St. Norbert College, a small private liberal arts college known
for academic excellence. 
Alternate North Route:  The trail officially starts near the corner of Adams and
Porlier Streets in Green Bay and proceeds south, however, from the starting
point,  the trail actually continues north towards downtown Green Bay.  The trail
transitions into a riverfront walkway as it goes under the Mason Street bridge
then continues for several blocks passing under both the Walnut and Main Street
bridges and around the Clarion Hotel near the confluence of the Fox and East
Rivers.  With a little maneuvering through city streets, a bike rider could proceed
all the way to Bay Beach Amusement Park, the Wildlife Sanctuary and the
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay (UWGB).  An even more ambitious rider
could continue past UWGB along Nicolet Dr. for a loop of over 20 miles without
stopping.  Nicolet Dr. east of the university has bike paths and offers great views
of the bay.