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2020 One of our Busiest Years!

Posted on Oct 16, 2020 by

THANK YOU to all who traveled through the Fox Locks System this past season! More than 20,000 people explored the Fox River in trips through the locks, making this one of our busiest seasons in recent years! This season, nine locks were operational—next summer we’ll add the Kaukauna locks to that list for a total […]

Fox Locks open for FREE fall colors weekend

Posted on Sep 22, 2020 by

Boaters can take advantage of free lockage on the weekend of October 10 and 11 from 10 am- 6 pm to view the fall colors from the Fox River. Locks will be open from Wrightstown through DePere to the Bay of Green Bay, and on the south leg of the system from Kaukauna through the […]

Barge travels through Appleton locks

Posted on Sep 16, 2020 by

It’s not every day you see a giant barge slip through the locks, but September 15 was that day. Occasionally, Radtke Contractors asks for a special lockage to transport their equipment via barge. The locks are just large enough to accommodate this barge and you can see the tight fit in this video:

Visitor Center plans cancelled; round goby research continues

Posted on Aug 27, 2020 by

This is an update on action taken at the board of directors’ recent meeting. The board of directors of the Fox River Navigational System Authority (FRNSA) voted to stop the development of a visitor center slated for construction at lock three located near Appleton’s Lawe Street. Plans had called for developing an interpretive center chronicling […]

Construction starts on pedestrian trail near Little Chute lock

Posted on Aug 20, 2020 by

We welcome an exciting new project to the Little Chute neighborhood! The Village of Little Chute and City of Kaukauna broke ground and celebrated a new project to build a walking trail/bridge connecting the two communities this week. The trail is anchored right next to the lock at Heesaker Park in Little Chute.  The trail is […]

Clarification of Appleton hours

Posted on Jul 1, 2020 by

Did you know that it takes about an hour to regenerate the water in the Appleton navigation canals after the locks are opened? That’s why we have what might seem to be an unusual operational schedule for Appleton lock 1 (near the Yacht Club) and Appleton lock 4 (near River Heath). Appleton lock 1 operates […]

Appleton Lock 4 repairs start

Posted on Feb 27, 2020 by

Construction is underway rebuild a section of the canal wall that abuts the Kaukauna Utilities hydroelectric plant on the eastern side of the lock. Over the years, the force of the water in the canal and the effects of winter weather and heavy rains eroded the canal wall structure creating a small sink hole. In […]

Public Meeting Notice

Posted on Nov 14, 2019 by

A meeting of the Board of Directors will be held tomorrow morning via conference call. As this is a public meeting, interested parties will be able to dial into the meeting according to the attached information. The purpose of the call is to review and vote on emergency repairs to Appleton lock 4. PUBLIC MEETING […]

Fox Locks respond to Kaukauna Bridge

Posted on Sep 10, 2019 by

News of the state legislature’s approval of funding for the Kaukauna bridge repairs has officials from the Fox River Navigational System Authority (FRNSA) planning for the future of the system. “We are thrilled lawmakers approved funding for the lift bridge as it will open access to a beautiful section of the Fox River through the […]

LITTLE CHUTE LOCK CLOSED

Posted on Aug 25, 2019 by

ATTENTION BOATERS: The Little Chute lock is closed, today, Sun., Aug. 25. There is a jam in the workings of the lock and we have to drain the lock chamber to fix it. We anticipate this will be fixed before the Labor Day holiday. Thanks for your patience.