What's New With the Locks?

Approved Board Meeting Minutes
August 26, 2014

Meeting Notice & Agenda
Sept 23, 2014

Favorite Links

Time lapse videos of the De Pere lock
with a Burl Ives soundtrack.

Locktender history via the Fox-Wisconsin
Heritage Parkway Project


foxloxlogo_small Fox River Navigational System Authority

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.


Fall At the Fox Locks
October 11 & 12, 2014
12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.

Come out and enjoy the Fall colors while touring two of the Fox River Locks by boat. Even though the scheduled Fox Locks season ends on October 5th, the Locks at De Pere and Little Kaukauna will “re-open” for this weekend and will offer free passage for boaters. The two facilities will be open also for visitors that prefer a walking tour. Stop in and get a close-up view of lock operation.

Locktenders at each lock can be contacted if there are any questions:

De Pere Lock (920) 227-7024
Little Kaukauna Lock (920) 227-7043

September 10, 2014
Monthly Progress Report on Kaukauna Locks Restoration
A nice summary with photos of the monthly progress from Boldt Construction.
Monthly Report

August 22, 2014
The Menasha Lock Repairs Are Complete, the Lock is Operational

The replacement parts have been fitted to the Menasha Lock lower right gate and the lock is fully operational. Boaters may notice water spraying along the gate quoin. (masonry wall corner blocks) This is normal during the final adjustment process that will continue for the next week. Boaters may also notice a change in operations as alternate sides of the lock gates will now be used for lockages.

Lock schedule:
Monday August 25 – October 5, 2014 regular schedule.

Because repairs disrupted the normal season schedule, officials will keep some of the system opened later into the fall, Normally, the locks would close Oct. 5, but boaters can go through the De Pere and Little Rapids locks free of charge on Oct. 11 and 12. These two locks will be open for free passage from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm. each of the days.

Some photos of the Menasha Lock Repair project with captions below.



  • Final welds being made on new hinge-pin mounting.
  • View of new hinge-pin (gudgeon) after installation in new Hinge-pin mounting bracket retainer (gudgeon hood) showing gate positioning arms, hinge-pin bearing, and spacer.
  • View of newly designed hinge-pin lower retainer and newly designed gudgeon hood before assembly Barge exiting lock.
  • Leakage at gate quoin during adjustment process.
  • Newly manufactured and re-designed hinge-pin.
  • Barge and tug entering lock following initial gate adjustments.

Wisconsin DNR Environmental Analysis
Rapide Croche Transfer Station

The WDNR must approve the proposed Rapide Croche boat transfer plans prior to construction. The DNR has prepared an environmental analysis to evaluate this proposal. Public comments on the environmental analysis will be accepted until September 15, 2014. There will also be a public meeting and hearing held at Liberty Hall, 800 Eisenhower Dr., Kimberly, WI 54136 from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M on August 27, 2014. The environmental analysis and news release are available at the links below.

WDNR Environmental Analysis
August 15, 2014 News Release


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

calendar_icon_small  A Full Season of Boating Events!

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!

Recent Media Coverage

100K Grant Awarded to Build Fox River Tourism Center
"Open for Season"

Locks System Restoration Leads to Staffing Changes
The Authority is in the final stage of the locks restoration which began in 2006.  The Kaukauna locks are scheduled to be finished by May of 2015 and the system, with the exception of the Rapide Croche Boat Transfer, will then begin full operation.  The organization is now in transition to accommodate the increased staffing and administration involved in an operating system.  Read more ...

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