Adopt-a-River Bank Program

A bridge on the Riverwalk Bike

A bridge on the Riverwalk Bike and Pedestrian Path in August Derleth Park

Photo Courtesy of Kurt Eakle

Two river projects developed in late 1999 were the Sauk City River Walk Bike and Pedestrian Path and the Sauk Prairie Canoe Launch located on the end of Leuders Road.  

The Adopt-a-River Bank (AARB) Program was designed provide long-term assistance and support to these two projects.

The program is focused on improving and maintaining selected areas along the river bank in Prairie du Sac and Sauk City. 

Anyone can participate by either adopting an area to work in, taking on one of the mini-projects, or by making a monetary donation to the program. The donations will be used to fund the mini-projects and maintain the kiosk.

Here is a short description of some of the areas in our program:

River Walk Bike and Pedestrian Path: By far, the largest amount of effort currently goes into this trail. Winding through August Derleth Park at the north end, the path continues south through a segment of the riverbank north of River's Edge Mall, then to the Sauk City Historical Park.  Future plans include linking the path to the pedestrian crossing in the new Highway 12 bridge. Monetary donations can be designated for park "furniture"--benches & trash receptacles--along the path. Individuals and groups may adopt a mini-project in the park or may create projects of their own or even adopt an entire segment of the park!

The DNR constructed a Canoe Launch at the end of Leuders Road.  SP River PAL has donors who often clean up the launch!

Other areas along the river bank come and go as part of the program. If you have a segment you'd like to adopt out, please let us know!

You can read more about this program in the AARB FAQ.