Winnebago County's great outdoors are truly spectacular. A wealth of lakes, streams and rivers, quiet woods, winding trails and wide-open spaces offer abundant recreational opportunities during all four of Wisconsin's unique seasons.
Scenic waterways cover almost one-quarter of the county, making the area a sought-after boating and fishing destination. Popular fish species including walleye, bass, catfish, perch and musky inhabit the waters. Numerous birds, including several species of waterfowl, and a variety of other wildlife, nest and feed in the area.
The County's Community Park offers baseball, soccer, rugby, disc golf, archery, horseshoes, a dog park, fishing ponds, outdoor fitness equipment, and playgrounds. Some of the more unique offerings within the county parks system include a cross-country skiing trail, snowshoe trails, snowmobile trails, the Tribal Heritage Crossing and a historic archaeological site.
Multi-purpose recreational trails are available year-round for outdoor enthusiasts to hike, bike, horseback ride, jog, walk dogs and snowmobile.
Events and other attractions at the Sunnyview Exposition Center provide entertainment offerings throughout the year.
PARK & EXPO NEWS
Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP)
Winnebago County Parks is updating our Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP). This plan will help guide the continual improvement of the County’s parks, open space, bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The plan also maintains the County’s eligibility for key state and federal grants.
Part of the CORP involves developing a Master Plan for Winnebago County Community Park. This process will provide a detailed assessment of existing park conditions and facilities and a final conceptual plan to guide the future development of the park.
JOIN US!! Public Input Meeting: December 5 at 6 p.m. | J.P. Coughlin Center
As the update enters its final stages, you are invited to join a public input meeting dedicated to reviewing the plan’s draft recommendations. This is another opportunity to provide feedback on CORP’s priority projects and goals for the next five years.
Grundman Boat Landing Closed
During 2023, the Grundman Boat Landing will be undergoing a major reconstruction project. The boat landing will be closed from July 5 until the end of the year. The timeline for this project is subject to change.
While the Grundman Boat Landing is closed, vehicles with a valid Winnebago County boat trailer parking permit sticker can also use the Recreation Park boat landing (600 S. Park Ave.) in Neenah or the Menominee Park (820 Hazel St.) boat landing in Oshkosh. Boaters will be able to use these two additional boat landings from July 5 until December 31, 2023.
The Winnebago County Board approved the $1.8 million improvement and renovation project for the Grundman Boat Landing. Supporting grants from the Fox River/Green Bay Natural Resource Trustee Council and the WI DNR Recreational Boating Fund are funding approximately 63% the project.
The improvements will address several issues at the boat landing including: expanded parking, larger staging area, additional launches, safer layout, improved lighting, bathroom facilities, small shelter, floating dock, kayak launch and enhanced walking trail.
Follow the Winnebago County Parks Facebook page for updates.
THE ADVENTURE BLOG
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Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan 2019-2023
The preparation of Winnebago County's Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan 2019-23 was formulated by the Park and Recreation Committee with assistance from the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.