Oconto couple hopes to open waterfront beer garden

OCONTO – Quaffing a beer next to a river on a summer day is enjoyed by many in northeast Wisconsin.

But since most folks don’t own waterfront property, Garrett and Courtney Sowle want to offer that pastime in Oconto to residents and visitors starting next month.

“We (here in the city) don’t have a lot of access points along the river for the public to use, so we want to help with that,” Courtney said.

The couple own a 3-acre property on Holtwood Way at the south edge of Holtwood Campground that they have dubbed “The Yard Park and Bier Garden on the Oconto River.”

They have applied for the land be rezoned from residential to recreational, which is scheduled to be taken up by the Plan Commission on June 14.