Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed


The Friends of the Manitowoc Watershed (FMRW) is a group of volunteers working to raise awareness about the water issues affecting the Manitowoc River and lands draining into the river. We are committed to connecting people to the Manitowoc River in order to increase appreciation and use of the river through our events and educational seminars.

Contact us at


Monthly Event – Adopt-a-Park,Walk Through, Schuette Park  

Points of contact:  Connie SpechtSara Schuetze


March 20                    Safe Lawns & Safe Beaches

April 22                      Beach Clean-up

April 29                      Build a Rain Barrel Workshop

July 8                         Subfest Paddle

July 15                       Manitowoc River Clean-Up

August 7                     Moonlight Paddle on the Manitowoc River, 8:15 p.m.

September 1               Manitowoc River Snapshot Day, 5 p.m.

September 16             Beach Clean-Up


March 19                   Birds of the Lake MI Shoreline         

1:00 pm Wisconsin Maritime Museum

April 23                    Beach Cleanup, 9:00 am                                    

To volunteer, contact: Kim Kettner 920-242-1993 or email

April 30                    Earth Day at YMCA, Time – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

To volunteer, contact:

June 4                       River Cleanup, Put in Schuette Park, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

To volunteer, contact:                            

June 22                    Grand Opening of the Kayak Launch, Schuette Park

(Rain date:  June 23)

Kayak launch area Schuette Park

July 9                       SubFest River Paddle, Put in Schuette Park, 10:45 am

Fore more info, contact:

August 1-5              Watershed Ambassador Camp, Wisconsin Maritime Museum

For more info, contact:  Wendy Lutzke/Titus Seilheimer @

Aug 12                     Lake Michigan Day, UW- Manitowoc

Sept 10                    AIS Bridge Snapshot Day

For more info, contact:

Sep 16                      Evening Paddle (Full Moon), Put in at Schuette Park, 6:45 p.m.

Sep 17                      Beach Cleanup, 9:00 am

To volunteer, contact: Kim Kettner 920-242-1993 or email



Get Involved!

Get involved at our adopted park, Lower Schuette Park. Email us to find out more about what you can do to improve our park.

You can become a member of Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed and give your time, talents, and/or monetary support to help our watershed!  Contact Wendy Lutzke at 920-684-0218 x 115 or to find out more!

And don’t forget to get all the latest news by becoming our friend on Facebook!

Questions? Email:


Manitowoc River Guides

Thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, the Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed created four Manitowoc River Guide pamphlets that you may download here. They are also available at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc Marina, Manitowoc Public Library, Wrap It Up, Manitowoc Trading Company and The Fat Seagull.

Manitowoc River Stories Guide

Working River Guide

Manitowoc River History Guide

Manitowoc Watershed Guide

River Stories Guide Citations

Working River Guide Citations

If you have participated in one of our paddle events on the river or have used one or more of the guides yourself when you have walked or paddled the river, please take the time to fill out the survey by following the link:

We would also love for you to visit our Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed Facebook page and leave comments there!

Your constructive comments will help us pursue grant funding and sponsorships that will continue to improve the River Guide pamphlets and your experiences along the river. Thank you for your interest!

Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed