WI Kenosha Fox River Park Trails
Fox River County Park - Kenosha, Wisconsin
Fox River Park is part of the Kenosha County Park System. As the name implies, the park is located along the Fox River, a typical Southeastern Wisconsin slow moving meandering muddy river. There are a few miles of trails here suitable for hiking or cross-country skiing. There is also a public launch available to put a canoe or kayak into the river.
- Terrain / Scenery: Gently rolling hills along a slow-moving river.
- Fees / Permits: None, except for a small launch fee at the boat ramp.
- Trail Conditions: You can post or view trail reports on this site by clicking the Discussion tab
- Trail Markings: Trails are not marked.
- Facilities: Various picnic areas.
- Official Web Page: NA
- Getting There: Park is located on County Road W south of the town of Silver Lake, WI. There is a large sign designating the park entrance. There is no official trailhead area so you can park in any of the lots and still access the trails.
Map Notes: The Green areas on the map are the wooded areas. Yellow indicates trails running through wooded areas. White areas are generally open grassy areas of the park, which can be treated as part of the trail system.
Hiking: The hiking here is a combination of trails running through the woods and open park areas that can be used to connect to various parts of the trail system. The main trail runs along the entire length of the river in the park then runs across the South boundary of the park and up the West boundary. You can make a large loop out of this trail by crossing the open areas of the park at the North end. My best guess is this loop would be approximately two miles. There are also many shorter sections of trails through the various wooded areas in the park. The trail along the river is very flat while the inland trails are gently rolling with a few small steeper hills. Trail surface is a combination of wood chips, grass, and dirt/mud.
Cross-Country Skiing: The trails are not groomed and you can expect hikers on the trails in winter. Because much of the trail is actually just trail segments going through the woods, you need to use the open areas in the park to connect them, and, because of this, it can be a little confusing getting around your first time out here. Though there are not many miles of trails here, you can make it seem like more by making a variety of interconnecting loops combining the trail sections with the open areas of the park. The park is moderately hilly so it does make for some nice skiing depending on snow conditions. There are additional ski trails at nearby Silver Lake County Park.
Mountain Biking: There really isn't enough miles in Fox River Park to call this a mountain bike trail system and the trails are rather wide and the surface generally soft due to leaves and wood chips (and lots of mud in the spring). However, the hills in the park are fun to ride, including some places where you can actually get some pretty decent air. Nearby Silver Lake County Park also has some trails that can be fun to ride so if you combine both parks (it's a 2 to 3 mile ride between the parks) you get the feel of a bigger trail system.
Canoeing, Kayaking: There is a public boat landing just off of County Road F where you can launch a canoe or kayak. There is a small launch Fee (I think just a couple of buck) required at the public boat landing (self-pay station). There is also a very small parking/picnic area on the North side of County Road F where you can also easily carry in your canoe or kayak. The Fox River is a slow-moving generally muddy river the meanders it's way South into Illinois. The area from Fox River Park south to Chain O Lakes State Park in Illinois is less developed than other parts of the river and makes for some modestly scenic canoeing. Motorboats frequent the Fox River.
This page is authored and maintained by Dave Piasecki