The Milwaukee RiverWalk spans nearly 3 miles along the Milwaukee River
through the heart of the City's Downtown.
Due to the success of the RiverWalk, the Milwaukee River has become the
prominent downtown development area with a mix of high-end residential,
commercial and recreational uses.
The Milwaukee RiverWalk is divided into 3 distinct sections: the
RiverWalk to the north, the
RiverWalk in the center, and
RiverWalk to the south.
The City of Milwaukee launched the RiverWalk Initiative in 1988, to connect
the natural current of the Milwaukee River with a current of business and
Regulations and Funding
Riverwalk development requires a partnership between the City and riverfront
property owners. A Master Plan, Design Guidelines, and an Overlay Zone guide its
creation and implementation.
In exchange for permanent public access, the City
provides financial assistance for the construction of individual RiverWalk
The City of Milwaukee is currently working to improve accessibility of the
RiverWalk system for all to enjoy.