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Walking paths in Oshkosh allow for fall strolls along waterways

9:42 AM, Oct. 10, 2013  |  Comments
Andy Disterhaft of Oshkosh crosses Ryf Road while riding his bike down the Wiouwash Trial in 2011.
Andy Disterhaft of Oshkosh crosses Ryf Road while riding his bike down the Wiouwash Trial in 2011.
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One of the most subtle yet important additions to Oshkosh this year has been the further development of walking paths along our waterways.

Downtown Oshkosh has finally seen the birth of our River Walk connecting the Leach Amphitheater to the Oshkosh Convention Center, across North Main Street to the Best Western Waterfront Hotel, the Ground Round at River's Edge and Becket's Restaurant. As you continue west the paved pathways meander past residential developments and onto the University of Wisconsin campus, all within steps of the Fox River.

If you're still in the mood for a stroll, or haven't been distracted by your ability to grab a bite to eat or a beverage, you can wander past the Fox River Brewing Company (Fratello's Restaurant), and catch up with the WIOUWASH State Trail which provides miles and miles of exploration by foot, by bicycle or with man's best friend (it's one of the few dog-friendly outdoor recreational spots in the city).

The newest centerpiece of this trail system is the Tribal Heritage Crossing of the WIOUWASH. It opens on Saturday with a formal dedication and ceremony at 11 a.m followed by a fun run/walk, dog walk, and is included as part of Tour de Titan bike ride route.

Be among the first to cross the Lake Butte des Morts bridge on this new trail from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will be experts on hand to discuss fishing opportunities on the trial and the interpretive displays along the crossing, including one for each of Wisconsin's Indian tribes. All activities related to the opening are free of charge.

The event will be held on the north end of the causeway near the driveway to Ecklund Motorsports, 2794 Marine Drive.

Those interested in participating in the Tour de Titan Bike Ride, part of UWO's homecoming celebration, will depart from the Pollock Alumni House, 765 Algoma Ave., at 11 a.m., take the WIOUWASH Trail to the festivities and then end at Titian Stadium and Tent City, 450 Josslyn St., for the homecoming football game. Registration for the Tour de Titian is $10 per person.

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