Proposed Boat Transfer Facility at Rapide Croche lock
The board of directors of the Fox River Navigational System Authority (FRNSA) has reviewed bids and conceptual designs for a proposed boat transfer facility at the Rapide Croche lock. At this point, any construction of a facility to transfer boats over the sealed barrier is on hold.
The lock was sealed in 1988 and will remain closed as a barrier to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) through the Fox River and Lake Winnebago. Originally sealed to prevent sea lamprey from invading the waters, the barrier is effective in protecting the waters from other species.
The Fox River Navigational System Authority (FRNSA) is maintaining the barrier to be in compliance with Wisconsin Statute 237.10(2), the state law that created FRNSA. Additionally, the DNR rule NR 40 that makes it illegal to possess, transport, transfer, or introduce any invasive species in the state. However, we are also committed to restoring full navigation of the Fox River, so we are researching options that will allow recreational and commercial vessel access to Green Bay and Lake Winnebago via the Fox River.
If you are interested in the history of the work done to open potential navigation of this closed lock, the following documents are here for your review.
2017 Final Design Concept Boat Transfer Station
Information on initial concepts of Boat Transfer Facility
Environmental Impact Reports background:
Rapide Croche Historic Documentation, Preservation submittal
Appendices to the Rapide Croche Historic Documentation, Preservation submittal document
Aquatic Invasive Species reports
User survey documents:
2010 – Additional Detail Regarding Selected Survey Scenario #4
2011 – Follow-Up Informal Boater Survey and Results Summary (specific to Lake Winnebago Watershed boaters)
2011 – Executive Summary of Boater Surveys