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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fox Locks: ensuring your safety

Posted on May 28, 2020 by

Many of the business practices we have at the Fox River Navigational System Authority already take into account social distancing simply due to the nature of our work at the locks. However, to comply with CDC guidelines and state recommendations, we are following these procedures to increase personal safety and limit exposure to the coronavirus. […]

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 […]

Round Goby facts

Posted on Oct 28, 2019 by

In September of 2015, FRNSA voluntarily closed the Menasha lock at the request of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) 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 […]

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 […]

Fox Locks Timeline: History at a Glance!

Posted on Sep 16, 2019 by

Another fantastic season for the Fox Locks is in the books! Thank you to all of you who traveled through the locks and every year we hope to make improvements in the experience. Many don’t remember that the locks system has not been in operation since the early 1980s, so an entire generation has grown […]