Shorewood is bordered by two amazing water resources - the great Lake Michigan and the mighty Milwaukee River.
Before European settlers came to this area, Native Americans used these waterways as "highways". The waters were an abundant food source for these peoples and a wonderful home for many fish species, waterfowl, and other wildlife. As immigrants came to this area 150 years ago, these waters became a powerful resource for the fishing, meatpacking, beer brewing, manufacturing, and shipping industries.
Learn more about the history (PDF) of Shorewood and its water resources.