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The DNR will be cracking down on drunken boaters this weekend.
Wardens will be out on Wisconsin waters Friday, Saturday and Sunday as part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign.
The legal blood-alcohol level limit is 0.08, the same as for driving cars.
During last year’s Operation Dry Water, the DNR says patrols spent 1,684 hours, contacting 1,870 boaters. There were 14 arrests for boating under the influence, along with 162 other citations and 599 more warnings.
Operation Dry Water is a joint program of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard.
An Oshkosh man who was driving drunk on a frozen Lake Winnebago in 2011 will spend a reduced amount of time in jail after being placed in the county’s alcohol-abuse treatment program.
Todd M. Anderson, 45, pleaded no contest to his third-offense of drunken driving Tuesday during a hearing in Winnebago County Circuit Court.
According to the criminal complaint, Anderson’s truck became stuck after spinning “doughnuts” on the ice on Jan. 30, 2011.
Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputies realized Anderson was intoxicated while they were helping to free the truck. A preliminary breath test showed Anderson had a 0.365 percent blood-alcohol content.
The case was initially dismissed after a judge determined a frozen Lake Winnebago was not a highway. The case was re-filed and assigned to a different judge. Prosecutors argued that Anderson violated state law that prohibits drunken driving on premises held out for public use. The second judge dismissed the case and prosecutors appealed the decision to the District 2 Court of Appeals, which reversed the judge’s decision earlier this year.
Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Barbara Key placed Anderson in the SSTOP alcohol-abuse treatment program and ordered him to serve 23 days in jail, with an additional 67 days stayed, and pay a $600 fine. Anderson must also perform 67 hours of community service.
Sensational Summer Concerts
Leach Amphitheater, Riverside Park, Downtown Oshkosh
12 consecutive Thursdays from June 14th through August 30th
EVERY THURSDAY · 5:45pm to 11:00pm · Over 40 acts!
Plus REO Speedwagon Waterfest Finalé August 30
$8.00 before 6:00pm · $10.00 before 7:00pm · $15.00 after 7:00pm
2 for 1 Admission before 6:00pm on 6 community nights:
June 14 & 21, July 12 & 26, August 2 & 23! Just 4 Bucks!
$10 before 6:00pm (Gates open at 5:00pm); $15 before 7:00pm and $20 after 7:00pm
Special Patio Access or SPA Pass are available for $25 while supply lasts
Call 920.303.2265 x22 or email email@example.com
Waterfest Season Passes are good for FREE Admission anytime all night.
Waterfest Day Passes will ONLY be accepted before 6PM as stated on the pass.
Best View Experience Admission is $25 and available in advance only.
$100 – Admit One at anytime in each of all 12 shows. A $185 Value!
$100 – 15 FREE Thursday ADMISSIONS before 7:00pm. A $150 Value!
Waterfest Passes are good ONLY BEFORE 7PM (except Aug 30, 6PM).
One Pass One Admission Before 7PM Only.
Day Passes will only be accepted for any purpose before 7PM.
Call 920.303.2265 x22 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for Pass Pack,
Season Pass and SPA Passes
Season Passes and Pass Packs will be sold at
WILL CALL at 5:00pm all summer!
Teachers Night: June 14th – Bring School ID and get admitted FREE! All Night!
US Veterans: Admitted FREE anytime all season including
REO Speedwagon with proof of military service
Youths under 12: Admitted Free when accompanied by a responsible adult
Teachers and Veterans please register at WILL CALL
Foxy Shazam · Something Underground · The Revivalists
Community Night and Teachers are FREE!
Admission 2 for 1 before 6:00pm.
Hairball · Road Trip · Bad Habitz
Admission 2 for 1 before 6:00pm.
TBA · TBA · Gazettiers
Here Come the Mummies · Fountains of Wayne · A Silent Film
Marcia Ball · Alex McMurray Band · Davis Rogan Band · Tin Men
Admission 2 for 1 before 6:00pm.
Winger & Warrant · Crankin’ Yankees
Boogie Knights · Boogie & The Yo-Yo’z · Salsa Manzana
Admission 2 for 1 before 6:00pm.
EAA AirVenture visitors admitted FREE with convention wrist band
The Zombies starring Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent · Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express · Tin Sandwich
Admission 2 for 1 before 6:00pm.
Night Ranger · Mt. Olive · Lucas Cates Band
The BoDeans · Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound · Warren Hood and The Goods
Boulder County Conspiracy-Super Group (members of Poco/Fire Fall/Spirit/JoJo Gunne etc.) · Sly Joe and the Jumbo Smooth Operators · The Dead Horses
Admission 2 for 1 before 6:00pm.
REO Speedwagon · Copper Box · Cheeseheads With Attitude · Greg Waters & The Broad Street Boogie
Waterfest Finalé, 5:00 pm start!
Admission $10 before 6PM; $15 before 7PM; $20 after 7PM
$25 Best View (Best View tickets available in advance only)
The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office assisted an alleged drunken boater Saturday night after wind blew his boat away from shore.
It was the second time in about two years the 33-year-old Fond du Lac man was allegedly intoxicated while floating on Lake Winnebago.
At about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, a resident of Sandy Beach Road reported a boat about a mile from shore. The caller said the boat appeared tipped over and the male operator was trying to signal people with a light, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.
A deputy responded to the scene and the Fond du Lac Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol and Rescue was dispatched.
The man told deputies that wind pushed him from the shore and he was trying to row back, according to the release.
The man’s craft was a smaller rowboat with an improvised sail.
Chief Deputy Mark Strand said the man was not on probation and faces no charges.
On April 2, 2010, deputies responded to a report of the same man stranded in a boat.
He told police in 2010 that he put his sail down because it was too windy. The deputies noticed the man had trouble standing and was slurring his speech, Strand said in 2010. The man allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana and drinking. He registered a preliminary breath test of .186 percent, said Strand.
Due to a pending case, he was charged and convicted of bail jumping in the 2010 incident.
Circuit Court Judge Dale English on Aug. 9, 2011, sentenced the man to 60 days in jail on one count of misdemeanor bail jumping, according to online court records.
Below is a link to a video where Reporter Jeff Bollier, a.k.a. Streetwise, takes a look at the latest in Oshkosh on the water restaurants. The Dockside Tavern Food and Spirits is the latest in the Supple Restaurant Group lineup.
Every year for the past 5-6 years boaters have been getting together for a simple, informal holiday cheer party at one of our favorite boating destinations. This year is no exception.
There will be no fancy dress, no elaborate gift exchange, no ugly sweaters. Just a bunch of depressed boaters enjoying good conversation, libations and laughter celebrating the past boating season.
BoatingWinnebago.com will be providing a $150 open bar at the beginning of the get together. After that, we’ll take donations or just go with a cash bar.
Everyone is welcome (encouraged,) to stop by and meet everyone else. It’s always nice to put a face to the users here in the forums.
Hope to see you there!
Corey Mielke – Webmaster
The Boat Yard Bar and Grill is no more.
Long live the Boat Yard!
The community had high hopes for the Boat Yard, 425 Nebraska St., when it received a coveted liquor license in July 2008 and then opened in spring 2009 complete with docks and an outdoor patio big enough for a great party, demonstrated time and time again by the concerts and events held out there regularly.
It was a converted industrial building. It was on the river and helped kick-start the community’s effort to refocus on snagging boater traffic between the upriver lakes and Lake Winnebago. And it was one of the few bright spots in the slow turnaround happening in the South Shore Redevelopment Area.
Unfortunately, look at the Google reviews and you’ll probably see some of what did in the Boat Yard: One-star reviews outnumber the five-star reviews 7-2 and there is no in-between. It appears people either loved or hated the service and the food.
And while the Boat Yard has shut down, the space will not stay dark for long. In fact, some heavy hitters in Oshkosh are stepping in to renovate the decor, the menu and the name before reopening in early February.
The Supple Restaurant Group has partnered with Boat Yard owner Jason Lindemann to re-open as the Dockside Tavern, Food and Spirits after the decor is stripped down and refocused on the original nautical theme the Boat Yard went with when it opened.
Jay Supple said the Dockside will refocus on the site’s natural assets — docks, the great patio, the bar designed to look like a Chris-Craft boat, etc.–and develop a menu that’s more in line with waterfront taverns boaters in the region may be more familiar with. It seems part of the challenge the Boat Yard may have faced was developing a menu that was too big for its kitchen. Supple said a slimmed-down menu that focuses on burgers, sandwiches, daily fish frys and some dinner items should resolve some of the issues with prep time and delays that dogged the Boat Yard.
“It definitely has the components to work and now we just have to make it work,” Supple said. “We think boaters will love the feel of the Dockside once it re-opens.”
The city of Oshkosh has received close to $750,000 in state grants to help fund river walk urban trail projects scheduled to begin in 2012.
Oshkosh Community Development Department Grants Manager Darlene Brandt said the state legislature’s Joint Finance Committee recently approved a $644,952 grant from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program to help offset projected costs of $1.5 million for transient docks along the river walk segment to be built between Jackson Street and North Main Street.
Brandt also said the city has received a $45,000 recreational trails grant for construction of the river walk between North Main and Jackson and another $45,000 recreational trails grant for river walk work between Ohio Street and Michigan Avenue on the south shore of the Fox River.
“We’d love more assistance, of course, but we’re happy with what we’ve got this far,” Brandt said. “It will definitely help us move closer to completing the entire river walk project.”
Brandt said the city plans to award a bid for the docks and river walk along City Center and the City Center Hotel this winter, pending an agreement for an easement with the hotel’s owners, so that work can begin as soon as weather permits in March. In addition to the $1.5 million dock project, construction of a new sea wall and a cantilevered boardwalk in that area is expected to cost an additional $1.5 million, according to the city’s 2012 Capital Improvement Program budget.
“Sea wall reconstruction is costly and we’re not sure about all the conditions in the area,” Brandt said. “The boardwalk will be a little more expensive, too, but there are areas where there’s no land for a paved section which made the boardwalk our best option.”
Work between Ohio Street and Michigan Street is expected to begin after the city secures permits from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, completes design work and secures project bids.
Anyone with a boat powered by a vintage Johnson motor will tell you that a well-maintained outboard engine can last decades. When then motor finally dies, don’t discard it. Convert the engine into the best-looking blender ever.
Spotted on Etsy is a 1958 18 HP Johnson outboard motor that was gutted and modded into a blender. The original 18 HP engine was removed and replaced with a blender-friendly Homelite 2-cycle motor. The blender uses the original tiller handle, kill switch, choke and throttle to control the blending. Anyone who has operated a boat motor will appreciate the custom exhaust, which was installed to keep the noise level reasonable. And that paint job is simply splendid.
The designer of this unique blend of technologies is offering up one unit for $2800.
It looks like there are some returning favorites and new faces. Let us know what you think below.
*June 9: Vic Ferarri, The Tossers, Men in Suits (Free admission for teachers)
June 16: Dennis DeYoung: The music of Styx, Steez, Tin Sandwich
*June 23: Hairball! & Tuff with X-Iter reunion, Cheese-heads With Attitude
June 30: Gin Blossoms, Something Underground, Power Play
*July 7: Bob Schneider with Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Andy’s Automatics
*July 14: American English: The Beatles Experience, Three Beers til Dubuque
July 21: Little River Band, Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show
July 28: Rusted Root, Sly Joe and the Smooth Operators, Green Tea (EAA guests admitted free with wrist band)
Aug. 4: BoDeans, Patrick Sweeney Band, Greg Waters and the Broad Street Boogie
Aug 11: TBD
Aug. 18: Herman’s Hermit’s starring Peter Noone, Road Trip, The School of Rock
Aug. 31: The Doobie Brothers, Copper Box, Mighty Short Bus
* Designated Community Night. Admission is 2 for 1
It’s that time of year when we get together with friends and family. Please come an join us at Nauts Landing on Jan. 15th at 1PM for some holiday cheer. We will have one free Quarter Barrel of beer to start out with, and depending on how many people show up I may add more if needed
When: Jan. 15th 2011 1PM
Where: Nauts Landing, Menasha, WI
What: BoatingWinnebago.com’s first ever “Annual Get Together for Holiday Cheer,” party.
What Else: Nauts Landing’s Winter Shrimp Boil and “The Unity Band,” starting at 5PM!!!!
At 5PM Renee and Rick the owners of Nauts are having their first winter shrimp boil in several years. This use to be a yearly event, but was discontinuced several years ago. BUT….is now back by popular demand!
7PM until 10PM “The Unity Band,” will be playing. They are a very popular local reggae band. There will be quite the crowd on hand for this local band, so I’m working to get our group some prefered seating!.
Cost on Nauts Landing’s Shrimp Boil / Unity Band concert is going to be in the $16-$18 range. This is not co-sponsored by BoatingWinnebago.com, so you’ll have to pay that directly to Nauts if you deiced to stay!
News Release Published: June 18, 2010 by the Central Office
Contact(s): Roy Zellmer, DNR Boating Safetey Administrator, (608) 264-8970
Operation Dry Water – June 25-27, 2010
MADISON – Because driving while intoxicated is a dangerous move whether behind the wheel of a car or a boat, Wisconsin's boating law administrator says state officials will be participating in “Operation Dry Water,” a national campaign to target enforcement efforts on this dangerous practice.
Operation Dry Water is coming to state waterways the weekend of June 25-27, says Roy Zellmer, Department of Natural Resources conservation warden and boating law administrator. State conservation wardens along with local boating law enforcement officers will be out in force on state waters that weekend looking for boat operators who are impaired.
”Operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs contributes to nearly two in five recreational boating fatalities in Wisconsin,” Zellmer said. “In 2009, 38 percent of boating fatalities involved alcohol and the average blood alcohol content in those fatalities was 0.227 percent – that’s nearly three times the legal limit.”
Wardens and boat patrol officers will be aggressively detecting, screening and arresting intoxicated operators. Impaired boaters caught this weekend can expect penalties to be severe.
“In Wisconsin they include fines, jail and possible impoundment of boats,” Zellmer said. “A little planning goes a long way, designating a sober driver will make all the difference.”
Operation Dry Water, launched in 2009 by National Association of State Boating Law Administrators in partnership with the United States Coast Guard.
Last summer, agencies and organizations from 46 states and 5 territories participated in the first ever Operation Dry Water weekend.
During that 2009 three-day weekend, 2,442 marine law enforcement officers made contact with 17,454 recreational vessels and issued 5,320 boating safety warnings, 283 BUI citations and 1,127 citations for other violations. This included 13 OWI citations in Wisconsin as well as hundreds of contacts between marine officers and boaters. This year, all 56 states, trusts and territories are expected to participate.
More information is available on the boating safety eduction pages of the DNR website and at [Operation Dry Water] (exit DNR).
The Fin is located directly on the wolf river in downtown Winneconne. They have several docks for patron parking, and there is additional parking in the public docks on both sides of the bridge.
They have graciously provided the following coupon for $2.00 of a home made pizza AND a free pitcher of your favorite beverage.
The Fin has a full schedule of live entertainment scheduled though out the summer, please see the BoatingWinnebago.com Calendar of Events in the coming days for all the Fin’s events!
We have a large dining room with wonderfully diverse breakfast, lunch and dinner menus as well as a large salad, soup and buffet bar. We are famous for our buffets and Sunday brunch.
Our large banquet hall has a full bar and a large dance floor for your special event.
We also have a large meeting room equipped with high speed internet and audio/visual equipment for your organization’s use.
Cocktail and food service is available on our riverside deck. We have ample docking for pleasure boats – and we provide a shuttle service for anchored boats.
For Reservations please call: (920) 582-4305
For further details please contact us at:
PO Box 400
22 W. Main Street
Winneconne, WI 54986
They have given a very generous coupon good for 20% off your entire bar tab when you come by boat (excluding happy hour.)
(Captains, please remember to drink and boat responsibly, you are responsible for the safety and legal operation of your vessel.)
“Cue the Dean Martin music, dim the lights and conjure up notions of James Bond with a martini in hand.
Now, with four locations, Fox Valley night life is all grown up, and classier than ever!
There’s something for everyone on the martini menu; the Double Vision, Candy Cane, and Twisted Chocolate martinis, just to name a few of the 105 varieties. And if a martini isn’t your libation of choice, The Saint James also has a full service bar. Try a champagne cocktail, a selection off of our wine or choice-scotch list, a mixed drink or even a beer.
The atmosphere at The Saint James is different than your typical bar. At The Saint James you will find good conversation in an atmosphere of ambient lighting, good music and comfortable seating, even sofas nestled into a corner nook of the lounge.”
This is a non-smoking environment
Monday – Saturday 3:30 – close
Sunday 4:00 – close
Open – 6:00pm
$2.00 off regular size martini’s
$1.00 off all other drinks and pizza
The Saint James Neenah
211 E Wisconsin Ave
Neenah, WI 54956
Knot Anchor Inn is the best kept secret on Lake Poygan in Tustin, WI. Located just a walk across the street from the docks / landing on Parks St. in downtown Tustin.
Steve & Lynn have owned the business for 14 years, and Lynn (God bless her heart,) does 95% of the home cooking herself. They have homemade soups, and rumor is that you’ll have to come in to check out their low prices, it will be worth the trip.
They’re open everyday at 11:00AM closed on Tuesdays
Italian Beef or Deep-Fried Slipper Lobster
Seafood Plater, Perch, Deep-fried Haddock, All-U-Can-Eat Pollack,Baked Parmesan Grouper, Baked Haddock
14oz. Choice T-Bone
Knot Anchor Inn
W230 County Rd. H
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Renee and Rick at Nauts Landing have come aboard as a site sponsor.
They have provided the following coupon for Buy One, Get One free on Breakfast Entries. That’s perfect for a wake up meal when you overnight at the Menasha Marina.
Nauts Landing is located on Main Street, across from the Menasha marina, on the site of the old City Hall and Menasha Fire Department. The restaurant was designed in a nautical theme with knotty pine interior, hardwood flooring, and a fantastic outdoor deck. Rick and Renee purchased the restaurant after managing it for a couple of years.
Your Nauts server takes complete responsibility for your satisfaction. From drinks to appetizers to dessert, you’ll be served by a single member of the Nauts Crew – not a series of people. Its Nauts’ commitment to personalized, attentive service – each and every time you dine.
When customers come to Nauts, they get home cooked, hand prepared meals. “We never skimp,” says Renee, “We make our own pizza dough and sausage, we bake and slice our own roast beef, and we make Nauts soups and stews from scratch.
Rick and Renee are both natives of the Neenah – Menasha area. Together, they have close to 60 years of restaurant, bar, and service management experience. They are hands-on owners who
will greet you every time.
An Aspen Coffee and Tea espresso bar has opened in Nauts!
Monday-Tuesday: Open at 11 am
Wednesday-Saturday: Open at 7 am – Serving breakfast until 11am
Sundays: Open 7am-9pm – Serving breakfast from 7am until noon.
24 Main Street
Menasha, WI 54952-3151
The Thirsty Sturgeon Pizzeria in Stockbridge WI is the latest addition to our site sponsors.
They have generously decieded to provide the following coupon for $2.00 off the purchase of any home made pizza.
The Thirsty Sturgeon Pizzeria is a fairly new business to downtown Stockbridge. They have just extensively remodeled the interior of their location.
They offer a full menu of dinner items and a full bar, but they specialize in home made pizza. They will be adding a bakery that should be open for business by the early part of June.
The Thirsty Sturgeon makes all their pizza to order by hand. They have over 20 years of experiance in the home made pizza business from local Fox Valley pizzerias that you would know by name. They make their own sausage and only use fresh ingredients for the best pizza on the east shore of lake Winnebago.
If you call them they will pick you up in their shuttle at any of the following harbors:
Stockbridge public harbor
Calumet County park
Columbia park in Pipe, WI.
They also run the shuttle on a limited weekend and holiday schedule making hourly stops at each of the above locations, but it’s best to call ahead for speedy pickup.
The Thirsty Sturgeon Pizzeria
101 South Military Road
Stockbridge, WI 53088
They have provided a coupon for 5% off your entire purchase.
Established in 2005, Aspen Coffee & Tea stemmed from the desire to do more for our printing and shipping customers by providing updated equipped, expanded services and a very good cup of coffee.
Sit next to the fireplace on a leather couch with a mug of coffee or enjoy checking your email with our free wireless internet service. Much like the Aspen tree, our coffee house will continue to grow with new products and menu additions. Check back with us often or even better, visit us in person. We’ll have the coffee pot on for you.
Aspen Coffee and Tea
124 W. Wisconsin Ave
Neenah, WI 54957
The Members of BoatingWinnebago.com will all agree, Wolf River House Resort in Winneconne consistently has the cheapest fuel prices available on the water just about anywhere on the entire Lake Winnebago Pool.
Now, in addition to that, they have given a coupon for a half priced 6pk of your favorite beverage and 2 free 10lb bags of ice whenever you fill up your boat at their fuel docks!
“Wolf River Resorts consists of five family businesses working together to accommodate fishermen from near and far. We are located in the midst of five fishing lakes which are all adjoined by the famous Wolf and Fox Rivers. This unique water chain forms one of the nations largest natural fish hatcheries and provides enjoyable year ’round fishing.
Spring walleyes runs, during March and April, signal the beginning of the fishing season. May white bass runs offer excellent family fishing. Black bass, northern pike, pan fish, catfish and occasionally musky and sturgeon provide enjoyable summer fishing. Returning walleye and white bass heat up the fall fishing and offer good ice fishing as well.
All three resorts are situated on the southeast shore of Lake Winneconne where it narrows into the placid Wolf River in the Village of Winneconne”
Wolf River House Resorts
17 N. First Ave – P.O. Box 188
Winneconne, WI 54986
Phone (920) 582-4555
Talk of the Town Saloon, located in downtown Winneconne, WI about 2 blocks from the public boat docks, has graciously given BoatingWinnebago.com the following coupon good for a pizza and pitcher of your favorite beverage for $5.00!
Stop by the Talk of the Town Archery Range and Saloon to catch up on the latest fishing action, enjoy a frosty cold beverage and a game of pool or darts. Check out our beautiful glass trophy case laid out in a totally unique setting. Frozen pizza and snacks are available anytime. Stop just once and you’ll be back.
Talk of the Town Archery Range and Tavern provides a great place for practice and league archery play. Two top of the line TECHNO-HUNT ranges provide shooting for up to 8 archers at a time. Closed circuit TV monitors lets those in the tavern watch their teammates and competition score. Just a couple of doors west of Critters Wolf River Sports Shop, the Talk of the Town Archery Range and Tavern is a great place to try out that new bow. Stop in and see for yourself what we have to offer you here for your enjoyment.
Talk of the Town Saloon
143 W. Main St. Winneconne, WI 54986.
Becket’s has graciously provided Boating Winnebago a coupon specifically for boaters that can be printed off and used. To view the coupon, please visit this board in the forums.
Conveniently located in downtown Oshkosh’s City Center, Becket’s offers contemporary dining in a casual setting. Whether you join us in our beautiful dining room overlooking the Fox River or reserve our private dining room for your next special event, we provide the perfect gathering place for friends, family and visitors. You can be sure the items on our menu are made with only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. At Becket’s, we are committed to providing you with an exceptional dining experience.
Open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, Sunday Brunch at 10:00.
Monday-1/2 price burgers
Tuesday-$1 fish tacos
Wednesday-jazz orgy wine wed. w/ $13 bottles of wine
Thursday-all night happy hour
1 City Center
(Jackson St. and the Fox river)