An Urban Adventure App

Explore Our Six Water Story MKE Sites

Cream City Farms

Cream City Farms

The Brewery

The Brewery

Lakefront Brewery

Lakefront Brewery

Turtle Park

Turtle Park



Bradford Beach

Bradford Beach


Download the free app

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Find our game by downloading the TaleBlazer (MIT Step Lab) app.

Then visit six sites to explore hidden Water Stories across Milwaukee.

Complete Site Challenges to earn points and digital badges.

Have fun!


Play Water Story MKE To Explore the Site Adventures

How to Download Water Story MKE

Water Story MKE is Milwaukee’s Place-based Adventure


It's a digital scavenger hunt. All you need to play is a smartphone and a sense of adventure.

Travel to six sites across the city to earn points, explore secret areas, and unlock themed treks. On your journey, hear the real stories of Milwaukee's water citizens. Discover history and green infrastructure hidden in plain sight.

This app is perfect for social adventure dates, friendly competition, school groups, families, tourists, or get-out-of-the-office outings. 

Explore our city. Have fun with your friends. Discover how water connects our past, present, and future.


A Water Story of Transformation & Hope

Milwaukee journalist Jabril Faraj shares the story of transformation in the 30th Street Corridor where residents, organizations, and businesses are using green infrastructure and urban farming to reclaim hope in an area of the city long beset by deindustrialization and flooding.

WaterMarks Collaboration

In 2018, we worked with students and teachers at UCC Acosta Middle School in Walker’s Point, Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art, and the WaterMarks team to prepare student Water Story content in conjunction with the first WaterMarks marker in the city of Milwaukee at Acosta’s new building.


The Great Water Race

On July 22, teams raced for exciting prizes (including kayak excursions from Milwaukee Kayak Company, a month of free biking from Bublr Bikes, a Lakefront Brewery gift basket, T-shirts from River Revitalization Foundation, and two spots on a tandem kayak paddle with Milwaukee Riverkeeper). Event photos coming soon! See this WUWM story for a summary.

The start line for the four-hour adventure was at Cream City Farms, 2055 N. 30th St. The app went live at 10 a.m. Congratulations to the first Water Adventurers!


Ex Fabula "Water" StorySlam @ Lakefront Brewery

On Feb. 21, 2017, Reflo partnered with Ex Fabula to sponsor a community StorySlam where the theme was "Water." The event attracted 253 people to Lakefront Brewery to share their water stories including nine storytellers on stage, 79 who shared written UltraShorts on the theme, and dozens who tried out the Lakefront Brewery leg of Water Story MKE on our demo iPads, courtesy of Arts @ Large.

Enjoy this photo slideshow of the smashing event, courtesy of Ex Fabula. All photos below by Art Montes.

UW-Sea Grant and Wisconsin Coastal Management also supported the Ex Fabula StorySlam, and Sea Grant's Moira Harrington's blog post reflecting on the human focus of the event can be read here.

Water Story MKE is a Reflo project in collaboration with Ex Fabula and supported by Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust and in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council*, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities** and the State of Wisconsin. 

*The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.

**Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Water Story MKE is supported by


Great Water Race Prizes generously donated by our community partners

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