What's New With the Locks?
Fox River Navigational System Authority
In 2004, the Fox River Navigational System Authority (FRNSA) was created to oversee the management of the Fox River Locks. As specified in Chapter 237, Wisconsin Statutes, the Authority's primary mission is to repair, rehabilitate, operate and maintain the locks system. Additional information regarding FRNSA can be found behind the "Who We Are" link above.
Fall At the Fox Locks
Come out and enjoy the Fall colors while touring two of the Fox River Locks by boat. Even though the scheduled Fox Locks season ends on October 5th, the Locks at De Pere and Little Kaukauna will “re-open” for this weekend and will offer free passage for boaters. The two facilities will be open also for visitors that prefer a walking tour. Stop in and get a close-up view of lock operation.
Locktenders at each lock can be contacted if there are any questions:
De Pere Lock (920) 227-7024
September 10, 2014
August 22, 2014
The replacement parts have been fitted to the Menasha Lock lower right gate and the lock is fully operational. Boaters may notice water spraying along the gate quoin. (masonry wall corner blocks) This is normal during the final adjustment process that will continue for the next week. Boaters may also notice a change in operations as alternate sides of the lock gates will now be used for lockages.
Because repairs disrupted the normal season schedule, officials will keep some of the system opened later into the fall, Normally, the locks would close Oct. 5, but boaters can go through the De Pere and Little Rapids locks free of charge on Oct. 11 and 12. These two locks will be open for free passage from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm. each of the days.
Some photos of the Menasha Lock Repair project with captions below.
Wisconsin DNR Environmental Analysis
The WDNR must approve the proposed Rapide Croche boat transfer plans prior to construction. The DNR has prepared an environmental analysis to evaluate this proposal. Public comments on the environmental analysis will be accepted until September 15, 2014. There will also be a public meeting and hearing held at Liberty Hall, 800 Eisenhower Dr., Kimberly, WI 54136 from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M on August 27, 2014. The environmental analysis and news release are available at the links below.
2014 Season Locks Operation Schedule
2014 Lake Winnebago and Connecting Waterways Events Calendar
Locks System Restoration Leads to Staffing Changes