Friday, May 6 is opening day for the 2016 season! We hope to see you going through the locks this weekend and to help you, please visit our most updated schedule on our new website. Ten of the 17 locks on the Fox River lock system begin 2016 operation on at 8 a.m. The DePere lock begins operation bright and early at 8 a.m., locks in Appleton, Little Chute and Little Kaukauna begin operations starting at 10 a.m. and noon.
For an update, please view the story from WBAY TV2 at this link: http://wbay.com/2016/05/05/fox-locks-open-for-the-season/
For the first time in 30 years, boaters will be able to navigate the 13-mile stretch of the river from Menasha and Little Lake Butte des Morts, through Little Lake Butte Des Morts, the four Appleton locks, Cedars Lock and the Little Chute Locks to Kaukauna Lock #1. “All of the locks on this stretch are fully operational so boaters can enjoy the natural resource of the Fox River,” said Bob Stark, CEO of the Fox River Navigational System Authority (FRNSA). Additionally, pedestrians have access to all the locks and can watch the locktenders open and close the locks.
The lock system on the Fox River is one of the only fully restored, hand-operated lock systems in the nation. Just as they did when the locks were built in the 1850s, locktenders open and close the giant gates and valves by hand.
Have a great time on the river (and a safe time)! Please share your photos with us on our new Facebook page!