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Boat Launches

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Parks Division Boat Launch Information

The Janesville Parks Division operates six boat launches on the Rock River, Kiwanis Pond and Lions Pond. These launches are generally open from late April through mid-October based on weather and water level conditions. Properties vary for each launch. Please read the descriptions below to find the appropriate site to fit your needs. Always use caution when backing your boat into a new launch and verify that the necessary depth exists to offload your boat. There are no fees for boat launch use in the City of Janesville.

Afton Road Launch in the Rock River Parkway

This site is located just south of the intersection of Afton Rd. and Rockport Rd. It is a small launch for boats such as canoes, small powered flat-boats and row boats. There is limited parking for vehicles with trailers. The river in this area is quite flat and may be shallow during periods of low water. There is a small mowed section of lawn with benches and picnic tables. Restrooms and water are not available.

Kiwanis Pond

This site is located at the end of the Kiwanis Pond road adjacent to the Kiwanis fishing pier. Kiwanis Pond is designated as a "motor free" pond so only canoes, small row boats and flat bottom boats without gas powered motors may be used. Electric trolling motors are allowed. There is a fishing pier. There is very limited parking near the launch, however adequate parking is provided a short walk to the west. Kiwanis Pond and Lions Pond are popular fishing sites and the launches are often used during the winter for ice fishing sleds. Restrooms and water are not provided.

Lions Pond

This launch is located on the west side of Lions Pond, next to the Water Utility well. The launch is steep and the pond is only open to non-motorized craft. The beach area is always off limits to fisherman due to lost hooks and lures. The water depth just beyond the ramp rapidly reaches 18 ft. so use caution when launching boats. During the swimming season restrooms are available at the Lions Beach Bathhouse. Benches, picnic tables and water are available at the beach as well.

Riverside Park

This site is in the middle of Riverside Park and provides two boat piers as well as a floating mooring dock for boats and jet skis. There is ample parking for vehicles with trailers. The site has picnic tables and trash barrels. Restrooms are located to the north end of the park at Veterans Field. This launch can accommodate larger river boats.

Boat parking is available at the pier (not a launch) located at the north end of the park, behind the concession stand and the north pavilion.

Traxler Park, Central

Located at the north end of the main park, this launch is used by the Rock Aqua Jays for river access for their shows and practices. There is ample parking for several vehicles and trailers. There is convenient access to picnic tables and the Veterans Plaza. Restrooms are a short walk to the south in the center of the park. This launch can accommodate large river boats.

Traxler Park, North

Convenient restrooms and picnic pavilions are available as well as soda machines and drinking water. The launch includes vehicle and trailer parking, piers for short-term boat mooring, restrooms, two picnic pavilions, additional picnic tables and other site amenities. This launch can accommodate larger river boats.

The launch is accessed on Sherman Avenue and the river, just north of the Veterans Memorial Bridge.