DE PERE – People in Northeast Wisconsin are taking advantage of the warmer temperatures.
“We’ve been waiting for a day like this,” said Brian Swanson.
Swanson and his wife Kristi are spending the day on the Fox River Trail.
Kristi’s training for an upcoming marathon in May. But she says the long winter season forced her to train inside.
“I have been a wimp. I’ve been on the treadmill most of the winter so I’m finally braving the trail and I’m so happy they’re open,” said Kristi Swanson.
Brown County Park Management says the Fox River Trail is one of the busiest in the state. Between 100,000 and 150,000 people use the trail every year.
While some people brought their four legged friends, others decided to head down to the water to catch a few fish.
“Me and my friends, we caught about two or three fish today. It’s been a good day,” said Noah Grunwaldt.
John Pollock is using the boat launch in De Pere so he can venture out onto the Fox River.
“We’ve been waiting so long for the ice to move out of here, the snow mounds to start melting, and I’m going to take the family out and try to catch a few of these walleye that are running up the river,” said Pollock.
Just a couple of miles down the road the Elliott family is taking advantage of the warm weather with a frozen treat.
“It’s the first nice day it’s been in a long time so you have to get some ice cream,” said Alison Elliott.
Zesty’s Frozen Custard in Allouez says it gets plenty of customers when the sun’s out.
“As it warms up we get a little bit busier. Sunny days are busier days,” said Robert Madewell of Zesty’s Frozen Custard.
Whether it’s food or fun, people are definitely taking advantage of the long-awaited spring weather.
The Fox River Trail is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
You’re required to purchase a daily or annual pass if you plan on bicycling, in-line skating or horseback riding on the trail.
A daily pass in Brown County is $4 and an Annual State Trail Pass is $20.