2020 Lock Fees & Operations

Due to Wisconsin’s safer at home orders, the Fox Locks system will not begin operation until May 30, 2020. Please check the schedule carefully.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Menasha Lock will remain closed in accordance with DNR rule 40. For more information, please visit this link. 

Hours of Operation

Appleton Area Locks

Lock location

Days/Week, Hours/day


Menasha lock will be closed until further notice.

Appleton Lock 1-4






Open May 30, 2020 through Sept. 20, 2020
Friday, Saturday & Sunday (including holidays) 11 am- 9pm. 

Open Until 12am (Midnight) Fourth of July.

Locks are operated on the hour.

  • Appleton Lock 1 -Hours of Operations –  (Even Hours) -12:00, 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00.
  • Appleton Lock 4 -Hours of Operations –  (Odd Hours) – 11:00, 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00.

Heart of the Valley area locks

Lock Location Days/week, Hours/day
Cedars, Little Chute Lock 2, Combined Locks Open May 30, 2020 through Sept 8, 2020
Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend
Saturday & Sunday (including holidays) 11 am- 9pm
Kaukauna Locks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Closed until further notice
Bridge repair is projected to start in 2021

DePere & Little Kaukauna Locks

Lock Location Days/week, Hours/day
Rapide Croche Lock has been closed since 1985 as a barrier to invasive species
Little Kaukauna Lock (aka Little Rapids Lock) Open May 30, 2020 through Sept. 20, 2020
Open daily 10 am- 10 pm
Open until 12 am (midnight) Fourth of July
DePere Lock Open May 30, 2020 through Sept. 20, 2020
Open Monday – Thursday 10 am- 10 pm
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Fourth of July 10 am- midnight

2020 Fox Locks Fee Schedule

Daily and Season Passes may be purchased at all open Locks.  Please check hours of operation listed above.

Day Pass $10 Recreational

Season Pass – $100

“Motorboat” means any boat equipped with propulsion machinery, whether or not the machinery is the principal source of propulsion, a boat propelled usually by an internal combustion engine.. The term includes but is not listed to powerboat, speedboat, fishing boat, or cabin cruiser.  (for further information on  motorboats, please visit this link)

“Non-Motorized Boat” means a boat which is not propelled by machinery but is designed and constructed to be used for transportation of a person or persons on water. This term includes but is not limited to canoe, sailboat, kayak, inflatable boat, row boat or dingy(for further information on non-motorized boats, please visit this link.)

Commercial Vessels $80 per lockage

“Commercial motorboat” means a motorboat while it is being operated to transport property or passengers for hire or while it is being used by its operator or owner to earn a livelihood or to gain a profit or both. This term includes construction barges. For more information, please visit this link.

Tour boat $80 per trip, down and back
“Tour Boat” means a motorboat transporting passengers to gain profit.

Scheduled Paddle Events
$1.00 each with a minimum of 25 participants per lockage
“Scheduled Paddle Events” are publicly advertised at least one month prior to the event in local media outlets and digital platforms.

Special Lockages after hours and off season, pending availability. These events require 48 hour notice by calling our office. To schedule a special lockage, please contact Karen Flesch, Director of Operations at 920-455-9174 or kflesch@foxlocks.org.

Vessel Lockage Procedure