Root River Spotlight
Often times, city leaders, business owners, and community residents gather around maps of the city and share ideas for future projects along Racine’s Root River. This process ensures that ideas and plans reflect the will and spirit of the community. This approach has led to the development of the “Back to the Root Plan”, and the “RootWorks Plan”.
Though ideas are vetted for feasibility, the goal of these planning sessions is to think beyond perceived limitations. Discussions at these meetings range in focus from redevelopment and public access improvements, to focal areas for habitat revitalization. Public meetings are a way for the community to gauge the progress of river-related projects and share ideas with some of the people in charge of carrying these projects out. The promise and potential that the Root River offers Racine, and all of Southeastern WI, needs everyone’s input.>> | Check the RRC calendar for up-coming meetings and events. EXPLORING THE ROOT RIVER
Paddling | The Root River offers adventure for everyone. First-time and seasoned canoe and kayak enthusiasts will delight in this hidden gem. Depending on the season, the Root River can offer visitors a relaxing meander through parkland and urban settings, or provide a Class II+ challenge to even the most experienced kayakers.
Cycling | The Root River Pathway connects upstream parkland and bird sanctuaries to the Lake Michigan Pathway and North Beach Park. Follow this 4 mile paved pathway through historic Jens Jensen designed parks, a 9-hole public golf course and historic West Racine on your way to downtown.
Fishing | The Root River is a renowned fishery offering sportsmen salmon and trout in Spring and Fall, and pan fish throughout the year. Families and visitors alike can see trophy salmon and trout at the WI Dept of Natural Resources’ Steelhead Facility during the spawning seasons.
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Photo Contest Selections
In 2011 the RRC held a photo contest representing the diversity of life that thrives in and along our river, hidden discoveries, and the plain and simple beauty. Below are the many great photos that were submitted and selected.