Support The Locks

Lock to lock paddle, Little Chute

Fox Locks Preservation Fund

If you love the locks, you can help preserve this unique system for generations to come!


We are creating the Fox Locks Preservation Fund to sustain the only restored, hand operated lock system in the nation operated by the Fox River Navigational System Authority (FRNSA). The fund will be used for the ongoing preservation and operation of the historic lock system.

Operational objectives:

Our goal is to provide funding for sustainable operational support to include staffing, administration, annual maintenance, repairs, and property rehabilitation. General donations will be used to maintain levees, spillways, maintain/repair lock chambers and lock mechanisms and fund staffing levels.

Your generous donation could help fund these projects:

Recreational access:  We will seek to fund enhancements to the existing Kaukauna Locks Trail as well as develop additional pedestrian access to the locks. We will work with municipalities and donors to fund boat launches, piers, urban fishing access, kayak/canoe portages and more. All projects will have to goal of increasing the use of the waterway and lock system.


Cultural preservation: The development of the lock system is linked to the stories of native peoples and immigrants to Northeast Wisconsin. FRNSA owns considerable historic properties along the Fox River and funding will be needed to restore some of these buildings and public access ways. Eventually selected lock tender homes will be slated for historic renovation to capture the unique stories of the families who lived there for generations.


Education for students and adults: Future goals are to expand our outreach to K-12 schools, regional museums, historical societies and more to better integrate the story of the locks.


If you would like to be remembered with a significant honorarium, please contact Phil Ramlet at 920.759.9833.