Category: Fox Locks in the News

Little Chute Lock open!

Posted on Jul 25, 2019 by

The Little Chute lock is open for regular boat traffic this weekend, July 27. Repairs are finished and the lock is ready for boating traffic!  If you have any questions, please use the contact form on our website.

Little Chute lock to close temporarily

Posted on Jul 15, 2019 by

The Little Chute lock will be closed from Tuesday July 16 to Tuesday July 23. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but the repairs are needed to stabilize and repair the giant gates. Since there’s really no hardware store for lock gates originally designed in the early 1900s, the work is highly customized and takes a […]

4th of July lock status: open late on the 3rd

Posted on Jul 2, 2019 by

IMPORTANT UPDATES: If you’re planning to watch the Appleton fireworks from the water, you can have a great view of the displays at Memorial Park ON JULY 3. Because the fireworks are on the 3rd (and not the 4th) all Appleton locks will be open from 6pm until Midnight. Special extended hours to watch the […]

Plans for Electric Barrier at Menasha released

Posted on Apr 30, 2019 by

(KAUKAUNA, Wis.) April 30, 2019—The Fox River Navigational System Authority (FRNSA) submitted a proposal to reopen the Menasha lock to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The plan calls for constructing an electric barrier and water velocity system at the Menasha lock to prevent the spread of invasive species into the Lake Winnebago watershed. […]

Fox Locks job opportunity

Posted on Aug 30, 2018 by

Just announced, the Fox River Navigational System Authority (FRNSA) is seeking qualified applicants for the newly created position of Operations Director. This integral position will have wide-ranging responsibilities and be central to the operations and expansion of the lock system. The attached job description explains the position and applications are being accepted through Sept. 10, […]

Late summer water quality

Posted on Aug 7, 2018 by

We’ve had a few inquiries about water in locks that are closed for the summer, specifically in Kaukauna. Due to the lack of water flow in the shuttered locks, there’s a build-up of debris and algae in the lock channel. To mitigate that, we will be flushing the closed locks a few times a month […]

Lock system updates for the 4th of July weekends

Posted on Jun 28, 2018 by

Before planning your outings on the Fox River this holiday, please be advised of some access issues on the system. At Lock 3 in Appleton, the Lawe Street bridge is not fully operational. Depending on the water level, most fishing and ski boats have clearance under the bride as do pontoon boats with removeable canopies. […]

Appleton Locks-Lawe St Bridge

Posted on Jun 15, 2018 by

06/15/2018: Unfortunately the Lawe St Bridge is down for repairs in Appleton. The Appleton Locks will still be operational but taller boats will not be able to Navigate under the Lawe St Bridge. Stay tuned for further updates.

UPDATE ON OPEN/CLOSED LOCKS

Posted on May 28, 2018 by

5.28.18: Please be advised the Village of Little Chute is continuing to have issues with the bridge over the Little Chute Lock and it is currently inoperable. However, most boats can pass under the bridge safely, depending on the height of the water. We will continue to staff this lock for those boats that are […]

2018 Lock schedule announced

Posted on May 14, 2018 by

(KAUKAUNA, WIS.) May 14, 2018 – The 2018 navigation season on the Fox River opens on Friday, May 18 opening just over 25 miles of the river to boaters. Locks begin operations starting at 10 a.m. in DePere, 10 a.m. at the Little Kaukauna lock, and 11 a.m. in Appleton, Little Chute, Cedars, and Combined […]