Bar and Carry Out
Our Main Dining Room has accommodations for up to 135 people. You and your guests can enjoy a variety of menu items to please every appetite as our experienced, professional and friendly staff assists you through your dining experience.
Our famous fresh salad bar leads you to our delicious prepared salads and dishes, our soup bar and onto our large, diverse buffet. Our Main Dining Room also has a separate coat room and restrooms.
All seating gives you a beautiful view of the Wolf River. Get the feeling of the riverboat in this wonderful room as the historic Wolf River slowly ambles by, carrying its modern day trade of fishermen, sightseers and pleasure craft. As day turns into night, the lights of the Fin-n-Feather Showboat shine like diamonds, rubies and emeralds on the water to create a wonderful view.
Welcome to the Finest Entertainment in the Area
Come and enjoy our riverside deck entertainment with a variety of bands playing throughout the summer.
Specials drinks, and of course all the standards are available at our on deck bar.
And you may also enjoy full service dining on the deck while enjoying the band!
And don't worry if the weather goes bad. We'll just move the band indoors where our bands play during winter!
The Restaurant is located in the heart of the village right next to the bridge, 22 West Main Street, Winneconne, WI USA.
A Bridge To Sport, Season & Friends
The Fin ‘n’ Feather you enjoy today was spawned of the passions of those who fished the bridge. It grew at the site of a fish-market shack operated by Theodore Korn. George Korn built what is now the river-front area of the restaurant in 1922, where he offered fishermen food and bait.
With the end of Prohibition, George expanded the building into a two-story structure and, with brother Milton, opened a tavern. Upstairs, they operated a boat-building shop; later, a bowling alley. Bait, fuel, food, drink, family recreation and camaraderie – all within a few feet of the mighty Wolf and its indefatigable fishermen.
Then, as it is now, it was a place to create and preserve friendships, to ponder the past, and plan for the future.
The famous Winneconne bridge is Winneconne. It is also a fisherman’s dream, for nowhere else in the state can we fish such fertile waters from such a major thoroughfare. And the bridge’s nearest neighbor is the Fin ‘n’ Feather.
The Winneconne bridge is the enduring connection of village to town, city to country, people to people. Through all seasons' it reaches beyond its graceful arc to link our senses and souls to the natural beauty of this stretch of the Wolf River. And to the spirit of its past.
It’s never the same. Ice-edged and dramatic in white, the winter bridge runs with snowmobilers and holiday traffic. It’s boldly inviting in spring, when the lure of walleye fishing runs strong. In summer, it’s fierce with the energy of motor boaters and children on their bikes. Fall brings duck hunters and Green Bay Packer fans. And in every season, there are the fishermen.
The bridge and the Fin ‘n’ Feather span the history of this narrow stretch of the Wolf. Native Americans and French fur traders crossed here. In the 1840's the first permanent white settlers, most of whom resided on the east side, used a float bridge. The west shore was still Indian territory.
After statehood in 1848 Yankee and pioneer families from Germany, Norway and Ireland settled the area. A wooden bridge was built to span the river in 1852; later an iron structure replaced it. In 1936 the current drawbridge opened to welcome the passage of larger vessels, as well as the cars and trucks of residents, commerce and tourism.
Steamboats, once a popular and affordable means of transportation, huffed and puffed along the Wolf, moving people and goods between Oshkosh, Winneconne and on to Boom Bay. With the flourishing fishing, logging and paper industries, commerce flowed. Then came tourists and sportsmen, as the rural-river wonderful reputation of Winneconne spread.
In the late 50’s, under the ownership of Art and Edith Drews, the bar/restaurant became the Fin ‘n’ Feather. The Don Biggar family bought it in 1969 and later remodeled the kitchen, bar and dining room.
After a fire on May 6, 1987, the Fin closed for nine months to repair and renovate. Expansion of the back part of the building included a new kitchen, a dining area that accommodates 135, and a banquet hall to host parties of up to 275.
In 1990, the family purchased the riverboat, renaming the restaurant the Fin ‘n’ Feather Showboats.
In March 2002 the bar was remodeled and a semi-private party room was added on. Reflecting the region’s history, the showboats bring their passengers a refreshing taste of the leisurely past and a closer view of the Wolf River, one of Wisconsin’s most magnificent natural resources.
The bridge and the building have changed. Still warm with rural charm, Winneconne is
growing to enter the 21st century. But the family-friendly service, the fine and affordable
food, the convivial atmosphere of the Fin ‘n’ Feather remain unchanged.
And for you, our guests, it’s all seasonally refreshed with the comings and goings of those who walk, and wait, and fish on the Winneconne bridge; and with the ever-changing season-blessed
beauty of the mighty Wolf River which it spans.
Welcome, and thank you for joining us today.
Debbie, Jennifer, Rod and Staff
The Fin'n'Feather Showboats
22 W. Main Street
Welcome to the Finest Banquet Hall in the Area
Located in Our Upper Deck Overlooking the Scenic Wolf River
Our experienced, professional and friendly staff will assist you through your special event. Our banquet hall has:
- accommodates up to 275 people
- an extensive menu to choose from
- a private bar
- a large dance floor
- a sound system
- a video projection system
- a separate coat room and restrooms
Get the feeling of the riverboat in this wonderful room as the historic Wolf River slowly ambles by, carrying its modern day trade of fishermen, sightseers and pleasure craft.
As day turns into night, the lights of the Fin-n-Feather Showboat shine like diamonds, rubies and emeralds on the water to create a wonderful view.
Welcome to the Finest Riverboat Cruises in the Area
Enjoy our public cruises on the scenic Wolf River & Upper Lakes
Add something new to any occasion or party by hosting it on the Showboat II. All Dinner, Luncheon and Brunch Cruises include:
Please contact us for reservations, menu choices or any further details.
Schedule your cruise now, prime dates book quickly!
All cruises disembark rain or shine, unless weather is severe.
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