What's New With the Locks?
Recent Board Meeting Minutes
September 24, 2013
LOWER FOX LOCK SYSTEM
2013 Season Operating Schedule
Vessel Lockage Procedure
Time lapse videos of the De Pere lock
with a Burl Ives soundtrack.
Locktender history via the Fox-Wisconsin
Heritage Parkway Project
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.
Click on the graphic link to download the final version of the 2010 Boater Survey from the St. Norbert Survey Center. 994 completed questionnaires were analyzed and the results were used to profile potential facility users at the proposed Rapide Croche Transfer Station. Read more about the project by following the "Transfer Station" link above.
A couple of recent events on the River that are worth promoting.
"The Boldt Company is beginning work for the Fox River Navigational Authority on a project that will restore and reopen three Fox River locks in Kaukauna. Reopening Kaukauna’s shuttered number one, two and three locks is the focus of the project, which includes repairing and refurbishing the locks’ existing equipment/mechanical systems and rebuilding the locks’ walls, gates, chambers and guard houses." More...
Eighty Chinese high school students and advisors recently enjoyed a trip through the four Appleton Locks. The tour was set up by the WDNR Secretary Cathy Stepp during her recent visit to China and was coordinated locally by the Heritage Parkway folks and FRNSA. Thanks to Locktenders Steve and Jim for pushing the boats safely through the locks and bridges. (photo link to Flickr for more)
A quick look back at progress and improvements on the
system as the 2013 season winds down:
- Things are moving rapidly in Kaukauna with Lock 1, 2, 3, and the dry dock restoration.
- Interesting views in Kaukauna inside the locks, chambers and underground bypass tunnels.
- New projects to restore the hand-laid stack stone canal wall structures will be done by lock staff beginning this fall.
- Sediment has been removed from Kaukauna 5, historic re-build engineering is being completed, bidding is expected before the end of the year
- Staff has cleaned out the sediment from the dry dock at Kaukauna.
- Sealing of the Rapide Croche lock is underway with the contractor set to begin Oct 7.
- The EIR for the proposed boat transfer and cleaning station is underway and due from the consultant in Nov.
- Construction nears completion at the De Pere locktender house and trail.
- A new riverside trail connecting Appleton Lock 1 is underway.
- Economic development continues along the system with Grand Kakalin in Kaukauna and a proposed public-private project at Appleton Lock 3.
- Riverheath in Appleton is progressing.