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 […]
(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. […]
Attention boaters–the locks at Little Chute and Combined Locks will be closed approximately September 19-22 because the Village of Little Chute will be doing maintenance on the swimming pool at Doyle Park. This is regularly scheduled maintenance, but it will affect the navigation canal on the Fox River. If you have any questions, please contact […]
Just announced, the Fox River Navigational System Authority (FRNSA) is seeking qualified applicants for the newly created position of Operations Director. This integral position will have wide-ranging responsibilities and be central to the operations and expansion of the lock system. The attached job description explains the position and applications are being accepted through Sept. 10, […]
Just in time for Labor Day, the City of Appleton completed repairs on the Lawe St. Bridge and any sized boat is now able to navigate the channel. Our lock tenders will be on duty at Appleton Lock 3 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. For a full schedule of operation, please visit this link.
We’ve had a few inquiries about water in locks that are closed for the summer, specifically in Kaukauna. Due to the lack of water flow in the shuttered locks, there’s a build-up of debris and algae in the lock channel. To mitigate that, we will be flushing the closed locks a few times a month […]
Before planning your outings on the Fox River this holiday, please be advised of some access issues on the system. At Lock 3 in Appleton, the Lawe Street bridge is not fully operational. Depending on the water level, most fishing and ski boats have clearance under the bride as do pontoon boats with removeable canopies. […]
06/15/2018: Unfortunately the Lawe St Bridge is down for repairs in Appleton. The Appleton Locks will still be operational but taller boats will not be able to Navigate under the Lawe St Bridge. Stay tuned for further updates.
5.28.18: Please be advised the Village of Little Chute is continuing to have issues with the bridge over the Little Chute Lock and it is currently inoperable. However, most boats can pass under the bridge safely, depending on the height of the water. We will continue to staff this lock for those boats that are […]
(KAUKAUNA, WIS.) May 14, 2018 – The 2018 navigation season on the Fox River opens on Friday, May 18 opening just over 25 miles of the river to boaters. Locks begin operations starting at 10 a.m. in DePere, 10 a.m. at the Little Kaukauna lock, and 11 a.m. in Appleton, Little Chute, Cedars, and Combined […]