DNR Fishing Clinics

LEARN how TO FISH WITH THE Department of Natural Resources and the Harbor District

Join the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources FREE Fishing Clinics in partnership with the Milwaukee Harbor District. In 2023, the Harbor District coordinated seven fishing clinics that were held Sunday evenings from 4p.m. – 7p.m. A great opportunity to teach kids how to fish!  

Stay tuned for Summer 2024 dates coming soon!

Community Engagement Events Our Work

Summer En La Plaza

The application for the 2024 Summer en La Plaza event series is now open! Summer en La Plaza is a series of gatherings hosted by individuals, neighbors, artists, entrepreneurs, or community groups to bring the Harbor View Plaza to life, fully utilize the space, and introduce new people to the space.

Application deadline is February 28, 2024 and the in-person Pitch Competition is Thursday, March 14 from 6-8pm at Enlightened Brewing Company (2020 S. Allis St.).

People interested in applying can view application requirements here and apply here!

¡La solicitud para Verano en La Plaza 2024 está abierta! Verano en La Plaza es una serie de eventos gratuitos organizados por vecinos, artistas, emprendedores/as, o grupos comunitarios para traer la comunidad al Harbor View Plaza.

La fecha de entrega es el 28 de febrero y la competencia de lanzamiento es el 14 de marzo de las 6-8pm en Enlightened Brewing Company (2020 S. Allis St.). 

¡Personas interesadas en aplicar pueden revisar los requisitos aquí y aplicar aquí! 


Email Nora Godoy- González, Harbor District Placemaking Director at

Mándale un correo electrónico a la Directora de Relaciones Comunitarias, Nora Godoy- González, a

Community Engagement Events Our Work

Harbor Fest

join us for harbor fest

Location: 600 E. Greenfield Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Date: Sunday, September 29, 2024

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.


A variety of volunteer opportunities and time slots available! 

 Volunteers receive:
A Harbor Fest T-Shirt
One Food Truck Meal Ticket

Harbor Fest is a day where memories for 4,500+ Milwaukeeans are made against the backdrop of Milwaukee’s flourishing inner harbor and in front of UW-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences.

This free, family-friendly street and water festival shows off all our harbor offers. The collaboration of Riveredge Nature Center and Harbor District to host Sturgeon Fest and Harbor Fest together solidifies this event as one not to miss!

For inquires, please email

Environmental Improvements Our Work

Ecological Breakwater Project

Ecological Breakwater project

The Ecological Breakwater project, originating from the Waterfront Innovations Design Charette convened by Milwaukee Harbor District and the City of Milwaukee in 2015, provides a significant opportunity to enhance the structure that protects Port Milwaukee and other infrastructure in Milwaukee Harbor, while also advancing ecological breakwater innovation. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Chicago District is responsible for maintaining breakwater systems around the Great Lakes region. The Ecological Breakwater project will help USACE Chicago District explore the possibilities for integrating protection of coastal assets with ecological improvements.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is providing $455,800 in competitive grant funding for design enhancements to the Milwaukee Harbor breakwater system that will improve wetland habitat and protect lakeside infrastructure. The grant was awarded to Milwaukee Harbor District in partnership with the City of Milwaukee and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
For questions regarding the Ecological Breakwater Project, please contact Milwaukee Harbor District’s Environmental Director, Aaron Zeleske,