MKC is located on private property and unfortunately, we cannot launch personal watercraft from our location. Only our kayaks can launch from our dock. Below are a few good options for people launching their own kayaks.
• Please note that the public launch across from our dock, next to Marine Terminal Lofts, has been removed.
• Between Hansen’s Landing & Harbor Point Condos / Milwaukee River across and just downriver from MKC
The closest option (to MKC) for launching personal watercraft is the public dock between Hansen’s Landing and Harbor Point Condos in the Third Ward on Erie Street. This location is across the river and just downriver from our dock. Parking is available on the street. This dock is very convenient and is a nice low dock with public access. The closest intersection is E. Polk Street and E. Erie Street – walk down to the river, between the buildings and you’ll see the public launch.
• Riverfront Boat Launch – Milwaukee River/Milwaukee Harbor
The next closest public launch is the Riverfront Boat Launch at the end of Bruce Street a few blocks down river from MKC directly in line with the Hoan Bridge. There may be a fee to launch from this spot. Please note that this launch can get busy with motorized boats, especially on the weekends. Closest intersection is Bruce Street and South Water Street.
• Emmber Lane – Menomonee River
The Emmber Lane kayak launch on the Menomonee River is a great place to launch your kayak or canoe. The launch is very close to Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful‘s office. Closest intersection is Emmber Lane and Mt. Vernon Avenue on the Menomonee River – launch is on the northwest corner of the bridge.
• Kiwanis Landing Boat Launch – Milwaukee River
One of the best places to launch your kayak or canoe is the new Kiwanis Landing Boat Launch near the River Revitalization Foundation offices located on the Milwaukee River near the Humboldt Street bridge. This is very close to the old North Avenue dam. Closest intersection is Humboldt Avenue and Riverboat Road.
• Pere Marquette Park – Milwaukee River
Pere Marquette has a nice public dock located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. You may have to park, unload your kayak and then find a parking spot on the street. There are parking structures close by too. This launch is located off N. Old World 3rd Street between W. Kilbourn Avenue and W. State Street.
Thanks again for your understanding – please call us if you have any questions. – Beth @ MKC
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MKC is located on private property and unfortunately, we cannot launch personal watercraft from our location. Only our kayaks can launch from our dock. Below are a few good options for people launching their own kayaks. [...]