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June 24, 2014

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July 22, 2014

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In 2004, the Fox River Navigational System Authority (FRNSA) was created to oversee the management of the Fox River Locks. As specified in Chapter 237, Wisconsin Statutes, the Authority's primary mission is to repair, rehabilitate, operate and maintain the locks system. Additional information regarding FRNSA can be found behind the "Who We Are" link above.

Menasha Lock Repair Underway

July 16, 2014

The Fox River Navigational System Authority consulted with the Army Corps of Engineers, Lunda Construction, and engineering experts from OMNNI to assist with analyzing the cause of and repairs necessary for the broken Menasha Lock after it ceased operating due to a broken hinge on the July 4th Holiday weekend. The team of experts will modify the hinge design and the on-going maintenance routine protocols to protect against future breakdowns, and estimates four to six weeks of work will be required to restore the lock to full operation.

Robert Stark, COO for the Authority stated, “The Authority understands the inconvenience caused to boaters and kayakers by the unfortunate unexpected failure of the gate hinge and appreciates the public’s patience. The goal remains to have the lock safely return to service as soon as possible. Currently the site and valves are secure and the lock’s status as a dam is stable and we are underway with plans to get the lock functioning properly again very quickly.”

The Authority, who took over operations of the lock system from the Army Corps of Engineers in 2004, is encouraging continued use of the parts of the lock system that remain open, despite the Menasha lock repair status.

There are some great trails the public can access via our docks in DePere and Little Chute, not to mention the Trestle trail in Menasha,” Stark said. “These are beautiful areas open to the public that will continue to operate during the repairs.”

While the lock breakdown was untimely for Holiday boaters on July 4th, it is something that could never have been picked up through the weekly inspections and current on-going maintenance routines, said Stark.

It’s just one of those unfortunate things that happens at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Stark said. “We never could have predicted this. All we can do is respond as quickly as possible, and hope that boaters and kayakers will return in good faith as soon as the situation is fixed.”

The Menasha Marina manager reports there are 16 recreational boats stranded upstream and currently at their docks. The Authority covered expenses at the Marina through Friday, July 11. The Marina is now offering a special rate for stranded boats for the duration of the lock closure.  In addition, the Authority has contacted a transport company that can re-locate stranded recreational boats from upstream of the lock to downstream of the lock using boat ramps at Manitowoc Street and 9th Street in Menasha.

With the re-opening of the Menasha Lock, boaters will once again have access from Lake Winnebago via the Menasha Lock to the four locks in Appleton, and the Cedars Lock in Kimberly and be able to use the Authority’s Docks in Appleton and at Little Chute as destinations. Boaters can also use the De Pere lock and the Little Kaukauna Lock for access to the Bay of Green Bay from Wrightstown.

Over 20,000 passengers and an increasing number of kayakers enjoy boating on the Fox River each season. For more information, schedules, and navigation charts, please visit FoxLocks.org or contact Robert Stark, COO, at the FRNSA office in Kaukauna at 920-759-9833 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


2014 Season Locks Operation Schedule
Schedule and other documents are available behind the "Operating Schedule" link above.

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2014 Lake Winnebago and Connecting Waterways Events Calendar
Dianne, from the Menasha Marina, puts together a very thorough calendar of events that focus on boating-related activities in the area. Thanks for sharing this Dianne!

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Fox River Navigation System Authority-1008 Augustine Street
Kaukauna, WI 54130-1608 - Phone(920)759-9833