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The only fully restored, hand operated lock system in the nation!

We have preserved the heritage of one of the nation’s most unique transportation systems—the Fox River lock system. Of the 17 locks, 16 have been restored to full working order and are a recreational, historic, and economic asset to northeast Wisconsin. Today’s visitors can see living history in action and use the lock system to access the beautiful Fox River. This website will keep you updated on locks operations hours and information you need to enjoy the only fully restored, hand-operated lock system in the United States! To download information on the lock system, save these documents:
Fox Locks brochure
Lock System map

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Latest News

Update on Menasha lock
The Fox River Navigational System Authority board of directors approved conducting a suite of studies to provide more complete information to the DNR on the behavior of round gobies ...Read more >>
Historic Photo Gallery
[gallery link="file" columns="4" ids="2702,2701,2700,2699,2698,2697,2696,2695,2694,2693,2692,2691,2690,2689,2688"] Enjoy some of the historic photos from our archives. If you can identify the location or the date for any of these photos, please ...Read more >>
Get the facts: The Menasha barrier part 2
Many of our customers and concerned citizens have asked specific questions about the proposed electric barrier for the Menasha Lock. We’re answering some of those questions here in ...Read more >>
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The 17-lock System on the Upper Fox River