Helen Rohner Children’s Fishing Park

 

HELEN ROHNER CHILDREN’S FISHING PARK

Grab your fishing poles and head down with your children to the Helen Rohner Children’s Fishing Park in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.   Children under 16 don’t need a fishing license and there are several fishing spots along Southwick Creek where parents can sit on a bench and watch their children fish. The creek contains brown trout and other small game fish, particularly in August, September and October when the trout are heading upstream to spawn.

There is a worm digging area for children and educational signage on brown trout. Cane poles are available near the worm digging area.   The park also has a boardwalk into the wetland, a natural playground, story time area and Native American trail.

The Geneva Lake Conservancy opened the park in June 2018 through a generous donation from the Jack Rohner family.   An amphibian pond and extended boardwalk are planned for June 2019 and the park also offers story times, fishing lessons and other nature classes June through August.

For older children and adults, the park is adjacent to the 200-acre Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy that has more than two miles of hiking trails through restored prairies, oak woodlands and wetlands.

For more information, call the Conservancy office at 262-275-5700.

DIRECTIONS:    

FROM FONTANA:   Take Valley View Road to Highway 67 into Fontana.   Where Highway 67 turns north, look for the Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy entrance on the right and park across the street.   The park entrance is just south of the Kishwauketoe sign.

FROM LAKE GENEVA:   Take Highway 50 to Geneva Street into Williams Bay.  Just west of the beach, take a right on Highway 67.    Look for the Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy entrance on the right and park across the street.   The park entrance is just south of the Kishwauketoe sign.

USES:   Fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, outdoor play and educational classes.