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Woodland Dunes & Bird City

Overview- The City of Two Rivers is located in the midst of a significant migratory bird stopover area which includes Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Point Beach State Forest, plus Lake Michigan waterfront and large coastal wetlands on the East and West Twin Rivers. The City has developed an increasingly positive relationship with the nature center and supports and helps publicize its programs. The City also promotes support for the nature center and its habitat restoration efforts by cooperating on efforts to manage invasive species such as Phragmites australis on City property. As awareness of the importance of places like Lakeshore migratory stopover sites and interest in nature-based recreation grows, the relationship between the two organizations is expected to continue to be strong.

Category 1

  • The City of Two Rivers is in compliance with Wisconsin’s Smart Growth law.
  • Bird monitoring- Two Rivers is a popular place for birders to visit, and with the development of eBird, more and more lists are being recorded. art of the Woodland Dunes preserve lies within the City of Two Rivers, and checklists are submitted weekly to eBird. In addition, Woodland Dunes has landed more than 10,000 birds in and adjacent to Two Rivers, half of them Northern Saw-whet Owls. More than 260 species have been recorded at Woodland Dunes.
  • The City refers the public to Woodland Dunes Nature Center for information on control of invasive species and has allowed and assisted Woodland Dunes in efforts to remove invasives on City property adjacent to the nature center preserve. Woodland Dunes regularly provides programs and opportunities for hands-on management of invasive species and assists neighboring landowners with invasives issues.
  • Two Rivers has three stops on the Lake Michigan segment of the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail – Woodland Dunes, the harbor, and Neshotah Park.


Category 2

  • Two Rivers has been recognized as and participates in the Tree City program.


Category 3

  • The City refers the public to Woodland Dunes Nature Center for information on free-roaming cats and window strikes via web links.


Category 4

  • Two Rivers lies within a Christmas Bird Count circle, and areas within (including Woodland Dunes) and around Two Rivers are counted. The count is coordinated by Woodland Dunes.


Category 5

  • Woodland Dunes provides various bird- related education activities, including a public event on International Migratory Bird Day (Migration celebration and Bird Breakfast) and a number of other events and classes- Timberdoodle Hike, weekly bird walks, shorebird ID class, birding by ear class, Owlfest and other saw-whet owl programs, and more. The City promotes participation in these programs.


The City of Two Rivers is increasingly aware of the importance of birds not only as indicators of environmental quality, but also their contributions enhancing quality of life in the City. Two Rivers plans to continue to collaborate with partners such as Woodland Dunes Nature Center to enhance it’s properties for the benefit of birds and other wildlife by managing invasive species and planting species that benefit birds where practicable.


The City maintains the following parks and recreational facilities for use by residents and visitors to our area: Neshotah Park, Zander Park, Vietnam Veterans Park, Picnic Hill (including disc golf course), Walsh Field, Riverside Park (including skate park), Taylor Park, Vet’s Park, Mariner’s Trail, Eggers Riverwalk, Central Park, Lakeshore Park, Harbor Park, Washington Park, as well as many ball diamonds and soccer fields located throughout the city.

For addresses and links to reserve the park shelter online, please see the Parks page, under the Visitors drop down menu.

Neshotah Beach

A beautiful Lake Michigan sand beach.

Located between 17th & 22nd Streets, along Zlatnik Drive, this beautiful sand beach has volleyball courts, basketball courts, and picnic areas. There is also a jet ski launch area in the parking lot closest to 22nd Street. Swimming is allowed at your own risk–lifeguards are not provided.


This department trims and plants trees in city parks, cemeteries, and in the terrace area of our city streets.

The city forester, who is also the cemetery foreman. For information, call 793-5599.

Community House

The J.E. Hamilton Community House is home to the Parks & Recreation Administrative office as well as the Senior Center.

A gymnasium, meeting rooms, and kitchen facilities are available for rent on an hourly basis. See “Forms & Documents” for a reservation application. A fitness room houses exercise bikes, stair climbers, treadmills, and weights. There is also a raquetball court as well as shower facilities. For information on user fees, call 793-5592.

  • Community House Building Hours:
  • Monday-Friday 5:30 AM-8:00 PM*
  • Saturday-Sunday 7:00 AM-6:00 PM*
    *Hours Subject to Change
  • Community House Attendant Hours:
  • Monday-Friday 4:30 PM-8:00 PM*
  • Saturday-Sunday 7:00 AM-6:00 PM*
    *Closing times vary with activities/events


The City operates two cemeteries.

Pioneer Rest and Calvary Cemeteries make up the “old cemetery” as it is known by local folks. It is located at 25th St. & Forest Avenue. The “new cemetery” (Holy Cross and Forest View) was formed in about 1909 and is located at 3801 Mishicot Rd.

History is all around as you walk through the cemeteries. Two items of interest are the monument in memory of the unknown sailors from the SS Vernon, which sank off the shore of Two Rivers in 1887, and the Voshardt Mausoleum.

Year-round, the cemetery department consists of a Sexton-Foreman and a full-time employee. To keep the grounds mowed, trimmed, and well-groomed, additional staff is added during the summer months.

Twice per year, all decorations, natural or artificial, are to be removed from grave spaces to allow for the general clean-up of the cemeteries. Spring Cleanup is from mid April – mid May. Fall Cleanup is from mid October – mid November. For more information, please call 793-5599, or stop at the cemetery office at 3801 Mishicot Road.

Vets Park Boat Launch

A City operated boat launch and fish  cleaning station is located on the West  Twin River at 16th & Madison Street  adjacent to Vets Park.

Launch fees are as follows:
Seasonal Pass – City Resident: $25.00 /
Non Resident: $37.50

If no seasonal pass is purchased, a daily launch fee of $5.00 is required at the self-serve envelope station near the launch. Seasonal passes are available at the Two Rivers Parks & Recreation Department office.

Vet’s Park Boat Launch Seasonal Permit


Advisory Recreation Board

The Advisory Recreation Board typically meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 PM at the J.E. Hamilton Community House (see agenda for room name).

Meetings are open to the public. Board members are: Kathy Peterson, Robert Reed Jr., Ashlee Walesh, Brian Gallagher, Dan Cortte, Corey Thuss, Dorothy Tinkham Delo, Jack Powalisz and Erin Gonnerman.

Adopt-a-Park or Trail

Help keep our parks & trails clean and well groomed.

This program is open to groups or individuals who want to take an active role in bettering our community. Volunteer to adopt a section of trail or a park. We will post the area with a recognition sign after your first clean-up. Call 793-5592 for more information or to request an application.