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Managing the Locks more than a decade! 2004-2016

We have preserved the heritage of one of the nation’s most unique transportation systems—the Fox River lock system. Of the 17 locks, 16 have been restored to full working order and are a recreational, historic, and economic asset to northeast Wisconsin. Today’s visitors can see living history in action and use the lock system to access the beautiful Fox River. This website will keep you updated on locks operations hours and information you need to enjoy the only fully restored, hand-operated lock system in the United States! To download information on the lock system, save these documents:
Fox Locks brochure
Lock System map

ATTENTION KAYAKERS: The navigation channel between locks 1 and 3 in Appleton is closed for repairs. Although the lock system is closed for the season, the warm weather may entice you to hit the river. Please just be aware that there is no access at this time.

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Latest News

CEO Bob Stark announces retirement
A sad day for all at the Fox River Navigational System Authority--CEO Bob Stark has announced his plans to retire effective October 2, 2017. Stark has been a leader ...Read more >>
Safety reminders for river navigation
Navigating the Fox River is not a simple as it looks. The current is swift in places and can be dangerous near the dams and spillways. Always remember ...Read more >>
Make plans for Berlin Boat Club Corn Roast!
It's that time of year again--time for sweet corn, music, fun, and boating on the Wolf. Join our partners at the Berlin Boat Club for this annual event ...Read more >>
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The 17-lock System on the Upper Fox River