Little Chute lock to close temporarily

Posted on Jul 15, 2019 by

The Little Chute lock will be closed from Tuesday July 16 to Tuesday July 23. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but the repairs are needed to stabilize and repair the giant gates. Since there’s really no hardware store for lock gates originally designed in the early 1900s, the work is highly customized and takes a […]

4th of July lock status: open late on the 3rd

Posted on Jul 2, 2019 by

IMPORTANT UPDATES: If you’re planning to watch the Appleton fireworks from the water, you can have a great view of the displays at Memorial Park ON JULY 3. Because the fireworks are on the 3rd (and not the 4th) all Appleton locks will be open from 6pm until Midnight. Special extended hours to watch the […]

UPDATE: Lock closures

Posted on Jun 17, 2019 by

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Little Chute locks will close the weekend of June 22 & 23 for maintenance. This is the lock at Mill Street in Little Chute. The City of Appleton notified us that the motor that opens the Olde Oneida Street Bridge does not work. This bridge is between Appleton Lock 1 and Appleton […]

FAQs about an electric barrier at Menasha Lock

Posted on Apr 30, 2019 by

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 […]

Plans for Electric Barrier at Menasha released

Posted on Apr 30, 2019 by

(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. […]

Locks to close

Posted on Sep 11, 2018 by

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 […]

Fox Locks job opportunity

Posted on Aug 30, 2018 by

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, […]

Appleton’s Lawe St. Bridge is open for boaters!

Posted on Aug 9, 2018 by

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.   

Late summer water quality

Posted on Aug 7, 2018 by

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 […]

Lock system updates for the 4th of July weekends

Posted on Jun 28, 2018 by

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. […]