September 25 - October 3

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Fund for Lake Michigan, we invite you to participate in the first ever annual Doors Open Water Scavenger Hunt!


Water defines Milwaukee, whether it’s vast Lake Michigan to your east, the rivers and tributaries that feed it, landscaping features designed to absorb rain and runoff, or the underground pipes and chambers that manage storm and waste water. Fund for Lake Michigan invites you to participate in the water scavenger hunt to explore the relationship between Milwaukee’s water and the city’s industrial, commercial, civic, and residential development.

How to participate

  1. The scavenger hunt will take place on Instagram
  2. Follow the photo instructions at the locations listed in any order and post on Instagram from September 25 - October 3
  3. Use the following tags and hashtags on any photos you take for the scavenger hunt: @fundforlakemi, @historicmilwaukee, #10yearsofflm, #domke2021

Prizes (after Oct. 4)

  1. Any participant who takes one or more photos can stop by the Historic Milwaukee store (235 E Michigan St) for a Doors Open sticker.
  2. The first 25 people who stop by the Historic Milwaukee store (235 E Michigan St) to show us photos from at least 5 different locations will receive a North Point Water Tower Mug.
  3. All participants that participate and tag @fundforlakemi, @historicmilwaukee will be entered in a raffle to win pair of Kayak rentals, there will be two winners! Thanks to Milwaukee Kayak Company for this donation.

1. Turtle Park

In 2013, the River Revitalization Foundation's envisioned native perennials, a kayak and canoe launch, a fishing hole, and a wildlife observation point here, where a three-acre plot of rubble and invasive reed canary grass lay. With the Fund for Lake Michigan's support of a riverbank restoration, Turtle Park was born. Eight years later, Turtle Park is a tiny natural oasis amidst the bustle of city streets, the Beerline Trail, and the Milwaukee River.

Location: River Revitalization Foundation, 2134 N Riverboat Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53212

Photo Instructions: Take a photo of the Milwaukee River from the pedestrian bridge.

When to Visit: Visit anytime from Sept 25 - Oct 3!

2. Fondy Farmers Market Market


Location: 1400 W Fond Du Lac Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53205

Photo Instructions: Attend the market, snap a pic of your favorite stall. Enjoy some fresh produce!

When to Visit: Stop by the market: Sat 7 am - 2 pm; Sun, Tues, Thur 9am - 2 pm

3. Menomonee Valley Rain Barrel Murals


Location: 212 S 36th St, Milwaukee, WI 53215

Photo Instructions: Strike a pose and snap a pic by your favorite rain barrel mural.

When to Visit: Visit anytime from Sept 25 - Oct 3!

4. Burnham Canal

Burnham Canal wetland restoration. Rendering by Ricardo J. Garcia-Diaz.

Location: S 11th St Bridge over canal, 43°01'35.2"N 87°55'31.2"W

Photo Instructions: Take a photo from the 11th Street bridge of the canal.

When to Visit: Visit anytime from Sept 25 - Oct 3!


5. Fish Habitat Maps

 Location: Harbor View Plaza, 600 E Greenfield Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Photo Instructions: Take a close up of your favorite fish!

When to Visit: Anytime when the park is open, 6 am - 10 pm.  Or visit during Doors Open The UWM School of Freshwater Sciences on 9/25!

6. Pulaski Park


Location:1644-1712 W Cleveland Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53215

Photo Instructions: Take a photo from the Bridge over the Kinnickinnic River

When to Visit: Visit anytime during the day, bring the kids to play at the playground!

7. All People's Church

Garden managed by All People's across the street

Location: 2600 N 2nd St, Milwaukee, WI 53212

Photo Instructions: Take a photo of the Darius Simmons Garden Sign

When to Visit: Visit anytime. Or stop by Mon/Wed/Fri 1 pm - 6 pm and check out their Gathering Table produce stand!

8. North Point Water Tower

Gary D. Koch - Doors Open 2018 - Milwaukee Water Works North Point Water Tower 06

Location: 2288 N Lake Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Photo Instructions: Take a photo of the tower

When to Visit: Visit any time for exterior photos. Or take a peek inside during Doors Open on 9/25!

9. Alice's Garden

Alice's Garden Urban Farm 1

Location: 2136 N 21st St, Milwaukee, WI 53205

Photo Instructions: Photograph the Great Lakes ground mural.

When to Visit: Visit Alice's Garden during Doors Open on 9/25 and 9/26!

10. Estabrook Dam Sculptures

Location:  “Westabrook” Trail is located on the West bank of the Milwaukee River, where the Estabrook Dam was removed. They are located where the Estabrook Falls are, across from the beer garden. There is access from either end of the trail (intersections) or via the Heartis Senior Living facility (trail access but no parking). View trail map here.

Photo Instructions: Photograph one of the art sculptures by Tom Queoff that use dam remnants are installed at the falls.

When to Visit: Take a daytime hike any time!