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How does a lock work?

Posted on Sep 3, 2019 by

It’s one thing to explain it in writing, and another thing to watch the locks in operation. Take a look at this short video as Fox Locks CEO Jeremy Cords explains how a lock works.

Who is the FRNSA?

Posted on Aug 29, 2019 by

Many people have asked us for more information on the Fox River Navigational System Authority, so here’s  more information on the organization and what we do. What is the Fox River Navigational Authority’s responsiblity? The Fox River Navigational System Authority manages the 17 locks on the Fox River. Of the 17 locks, 16 have been […]

We’re open for business Labor Day Weekend!

Posted on Aug 29, 2019 by

All operational locks in the system are open for the Labor Day weekend according to the published schedule at this link. About 25 miles of the lower Fox River are navigable: from the bay of Green Bay through DePere to just south of Wrightstown, then from the Menasha lock through Appleton, Cedars, and Little Chute […]

LITTLE CHUTE LOCK CLOSED

Posted on Aug 25, 2019 by

ATTENTION BOATERS: The Little Chute lock is closed, today, Sun., Aug. 25. There is a jam in the workings of the lock and we have to drain the lock chamber to fix it. We anticipate this will be fixed before the Labor Day holiday. Thanks for your patience.  

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 […]

UPDATE: Lock closures

Posted on Jun 17, 2019 by

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Little Chute locks will close the weekend of June 22 & 23 for maintenance. This is the lock at Mill Street in Little Chute. The City of Appleton notified us that the motor that opens the Olde Oneida Street Bridge does not work. This bridge is between Appleton Lock 1 and Appleton […]

FAQs about an electric barrier at Menasha Lock

Posted on Apr 30, 2019 by

SITUATION/BACKGROUND In September of 2015, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) asked the Menasha lock be closed to prevent the spread of an invasive fish, the round goby, which was discovered in Little Lake Butte des Morts. The goby is one of 192 invasive species found in Lake Michigan. The invasive species barrier at 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. […]