Category: Events

Fox River Locks usage increases in June 2020

Posted on Jul 28, 2020 by

Boat traffic through the lock system on the lower Fox River is up over past years, an indication that regional residents are choosing recreational activities closer to home during this time of pandemic. In June of 2020, a total of 1,250 motorized and non-motorized crafts passed through the lock system carrying 5,055 passengers. This is […]

Attention Kayakers: Rapide Croche lock remains closed

Posted on May 24, 2020 by

Many of the locks feature portages for kayaks or canoes and it is a great way to visit the locks and the Fox River. However, in recent years, people have been trespassing on the land and accessing the river at the closed Rapide Croche lock. According to Wisconsin state statute, this lock must remain closed […]

Historic Photo Gallery

Posted on Nov 15, 2019 by

Enjoy some of the historic photos from our archives. If you can identify the location or the date for any of these photos, please send us an email on our contact page.  Enjoy the walk back in time!  

Get the facts: The Menasha barrier part 2

Posted on Oct 14, 2019 by

Many of our customers and concerned citizens have asked specific questions about the proposed electric barrier for the Menasha Lock. We’re answering some of those questions here in order to give you the facts about the propsed project. Where will the barrier be located? The barrier will be constructed immediately downstream of the Menasha lock […]

How does a lock work?

Posted on Sep 3, 2019 by

It’s one thing to explain it in writing, and another thing to watch the locks in operation. Take a look at this short video as Fox Locks CEO Jeremy Cords explains how a lock works.

Who is the FRNSA?

Posted on Aug 29, 2019 by

Many people have asked us for more information on the Fox River Navigational System Authority, so here’s  more information on the organization and what we do. What is the Fox River Navigational Authority’s responsiblity? The Fox River Navigational System Authority manages the 17 locks on the Fox River. Of the 17 locks, 16 have been […]

We’re open for business Labor Day Weekend!

Posted on Aug 29, 2019 by

All operational locks in the system are open for the Labor Day weekend according to the published schedule at this link. About 25 miles of the lower Fox River are navigable: from the bay of Green Bay through DePere to just south of Wrightstown, then from the Menasha lock through Appleton, Cedars, and Little Chute […]

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 […]