To renovate an unusable boat launch facility on the Lower Fox River at the Brown County Fairgrounds to increase public access for fishing and boating.

Project Description

Boat launch facilities in the Lower Fox River were congested by heavy use, especially during the spring walleye (Sander vitreus) run. To relieve pressure on existing boat landings, a previously unusable boat launch at the Brown County Fairgrounds was completely renovated, and a floating dock was constructed. In addition, the access road was improved, a parking lot was added, and a scenic ¾-mile multi-use trail for recreation was constructed.

Brown County Fair Grounds Boat Launch

Perkofski Boat Launch (Photo by Don Melichar, DePere City Forester)


The improved facilities are safer and provide expanded opportunities for fishing, recreational boating, picnic and leisure activities, along with general public access to the Lower Fox River. The new boat ramp relieved overuse at existing boat launch facilities.

Spatial Extent of Project

A five-lane boat ramp (Perkofski Boat Launch) was constructed at the Brown County Fairgrounds near the City of DePere.

Status and Funding

All project activities, including boat launch renovation, floating dock construction, and construction of a multi-use trail, were completed in 2006. The project received $766,000 in NRDA settlement funding.

Project Accomplishments

Public access to the Lower Fox River has been improved and recreational opportunities such as fishing and boating have increased. Public use of the boat ramp has been high.

Brown County Grounds Boat Launch

Multi-lane boat ramp and floating dock at Perkofski Boat Launch. (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Brown County Boat Launch Sign

New sign and dedication at the boat launch. (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Contact Information

City of DePere Parks
Recreation & Forestry
(920) 339-4065