Oshkosh: Small City Size, Big City Feel

Author: , August 25th, 2010
by Nicole, Brayton Bed & Breakfast, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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Oshkosh is a small city with a big time feel with so much going on as the weather gets warmer. Oshkosh is located on Lake Winnebago so boating, fishing and swimming are just some of the recreational activates in abundance here. Lake Winnebago is one of the more heavily fished lakes in the state. Many fishermen consider it one of the nation’s top walleye fisheries. Other species present include bluegill, largemouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike, perch, burbot, white bass, freshwater drum, channel catfish, flathead catfish, and smallmouth. Lake Winnebago has 88 miles of shoreline and is the largest lake within Wisconsin. Its average depth is anywhere between 15-21 feet.

Lake Winnebago has two primary tributaries, the Wolf River and the Fox River. It is drained by the Fox River which flows north towards the Bay and serves as part of the Fox-Wisconsin Waterway. Lake Winnebago is part of a larger system of lakes in Wisconsin known as the Winnebago Pool. The lake is a remnant of Glacial Lake Oshkosh approximately 12,000 years ago. Ice blocked water from entering Lake Michigan at Green Bay, and the glacial lake ponded against ice since it had no outlet. Lake Winnebago is not man-made, but its level was raised by two dams erected in 1850. The lake level is today regulated by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

There is a system of seventeen locks that connect Lake Winnebago to Lake Michigan. This lock system is located along the lower Fox River and starts at the North West corner of Lake Winnebago in the city of Menasha and ends at the mouth of the bay of Green Bay. One of the locks, the Rapid Croche Lock, is permanently sealed as a barrier to prevent the movement of sea lamprey upstream, and only three of the remaining locks are operational.

We are a community that takes pride in our hospitality. We invite you to savor our luxurious parks and explore our friendly waterways. After relaxing by the lake, experience first hand what our many attractions have in store for you. Oshkosh not only offers great shopping, but also puts forward a fine variety of museums, art galleries and performing art centers. The Oshkosh tourism community goes above and beyond with our services to insure the visit of a lifetime.

Oshkosh has seen a recent resurgence in its cultural and entertainment options.

A downtown redevelopment plan led to the construction of the outdoor Leach Amphitheater on the Fox River, hosting the weekly Waterfest concert series which is a musical festival that brings acts like Alice Cooper, Starship, and Bodeans are just to name a few that have been here in the past. Waterfest goes every Thursday night starting the last Thursday in May and ending the last Thursday in August. Waterfest is located right on the beautiful Fox River which means you can watch the sun set , watch boats pull up for the concert or go by and listen to some great bands. This event brings thousands of people from all over by foot, car or boat. You can check out the 2010 venue at www.waterfest.org

Also in downtown Oshkosh is the Grand Opera House, a performing arts center.

Downtown Gallery Walks, held every first Saturday of the month year-round showcase downtown businesses with local artists.
Irishfest starts June 11-13 is going on our 2nd season which drew thousands of people last year. You can view more information about them at http://www.oshkoshirishfest.com/.

Country USA is the biggest country musical festival in the country and is held her every year the last week in June. You can view some of the big names coming this year like The Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith and many more at http://www.countryusaoshkosh.com/.

Sawdust days is a FREE festival over the Fourth of July weekend which is full of carnival rides, games, music and scrumptious food.

Long-running community festivals such as Sawdust Days in Menominee Park continue to be popular. Menominee Park is also the site of the Menominee Park Zoo and “Little Oshkosh”, a community-built playground. Oshkosh is also home to “Country USA” featuring entertainment from dozens of country music acts over a five-day period in June and LifeFest which is a Christian music festival the second week in July.

Then, of course, there is EAA which is the Experimental Aircraft association. For one week, our small city of 60,000 residents has a total of 1 million people from all over the world to view new aviation spectacles and air shows. Oshkosh is the busiest airport in the world for that one week. Though reservation are usually out years in advance their might just be that opportunity at the last minute.

If you are in the mood for a nice scenic walk or bike ride you might want to visit The WIOUWASH trail which runs on an abandoned railroad corridor and is 21.8 miles long.

WIOUWASH also allows horseback riding in the summer months. The flat base is very good for walkers, hikers, bikers, horseback riders (summer) and snowmobilers. The Winnebago county portion of the trail runs from Oshkosh north through Winnebago and Outagamie counties and halts in Hortonville. This section has 21.8 miles of abandoned railroad corridor.

There is a separate section north of Hortonville. It runs 24 miles from Split Rock to Birnamwood. The WIOUWASH Trail, which will ultimately extend from Oshkosh northward through Langlade County, enters Shawano County near Split Rock and passes through the villages of Tigerton, Wittenberg, Eland, and Birnamwood near the county’s western border. Several gaps remain before a continuous trail is in place (including the segment from Birnamwood north through Aniwa to the Langlade County line). Ongoing efforts are being made to acquire right-of-way or obtain the necessary easements to complete the trail. Once completed, the Shawano County portion of the WIOUWASH Trail will be approximately 30 miles in length. – Source: Waupaca County Website.

Other points of interest:

  • Paine Art Center and Gardens
  • University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh
  • EAA AirVenture Museum
  • Oshkosh Public Museum
  • Grand Opera House
  • Military Veterans Museum
  • The Morgan House

These are just some of the great things that Oshkosh as to offer over the summer months.

Brayton B&B - Oshkosh, WisconsinCome and stay with us and let us show you what Brayton B&B and Oshkosh has to offer.  Some amenities that Brayton Bed and Breakfast offers while you stay with is making sure that you feel comfortable like your own home away from home.  As you enter through the front door, you walk into a bright and airy four season’s room that begs you to sit and enjoy that early morning cup of coffee at sunrise. Step into the foyer with the curved open staircase and you are greeted with casual elegance and deep rich hues that are present throughout the entire home. The Brayton B&B boasts original architecture inside and out for that feeling of authenticity that you won’t find in any branded hotel. Central air, flat screen TVs, wireless Internet, 800 thread count sheets, Aveda hair care products, and fluffy robes and warm slippers in our suites are proof positive your accommodations are up to date and very comfortable. Four uniquely designed and richly decorated guest rooms with their own private baths cater to every personality.

Each morning, we serve a complimentary full breakfast in our family dining room. On the weekends, a wine and cheese social is held in late afternoon in the living room, and homemade desserts are served later in the evening. We are conveniently located just a block from Historic Downtown Oshkosh and is a short walking distance to restaurants and events.