The Locks / De Pere

depere_signageThis is the northern-most lock on the Fox River System and the gateway to charming Downtown East DePere—a city bisected east and west by the river. Public docks are available just prior to entering the lock and adjacent to the lock. There is also a kayak/canoe portage.

Upon approaching the lock, visitors can see the grounds of Saint Norbert College. Located at the lock visitors will find the historic lock tender house which was built in 1912. The house is operated by the Fox River Navigational System Authority. From here, pedestrians can access the Fox River State Trail which runs along the river through Voyager Park, through DePere, and into Green Bay. The park is host to many events and festivals; the waters near the lock are home to some of the best walleye fishing in the state!

Downtown East Depere is a short walk from the lock and Riverwalk with restaurants, shops, taverns and much more. In just a few blocks, visitors can sample Italian, Greek, Asian and American Cuisine. One of the region’s most famous choclatiers, Seroogy’s Chocolates, is a short walk from the lock and interesting shops dot the main street. Visit for details on events and attractions.

Street Address: 195 James St., De Pere, WI  54115

General Information

Latitude: 44.4502
Longitude: -88.06353
Opened Date: 1850
Rebuilt Date: 1931-1939, 2014 (River Walk)
Construction: Concrete with steel gates

Lock Dimensions

144 feet x 35 feet
Sill Depth - 6 feet
Lift - 9.9 feet

Hours of Operation

The DePere lock is usually open daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Please check this page and our Facebook page for updates on the 2023 navigation season.