There are five locks in Kaukauna because this is the the Fox River’s steepest drop in elevation—and as of summer 2021, all five locks are open to navigation!
The area was discovered in 1634 and called KaKalin Falls by the Native Americans; for the next several decades, the area was known as Grand KaKalin. Now, The Gran KaKalin is a riverfront development of the old Eagle Mill which includes the new public library and commercial space.
Renovation of Lock 1 was done to maintain the historic construction and completed in 2015. Crews took the lock apart stone by stone—each limestone slab weighed about 6,000 pounds.
Street Address: 701 Canal St., Kaukauna WI, 54130
144 feet x 35 feet
Sill Depth – 6 feet
Lift – 10.3 feet
May – October