A boat makes it way through the locks in Kaukauna. Photo courtesy Fox Locks on Facebook.

KAUKAUNA — The Fox River locks system opens Saturday for the 2023 summer season.

The locks are open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 4. The locks also are open Memorial Day and Labor Day, but closed the Fourth of July. 


Recreational day passes are $10 and must be purchased ahead of time online. Other pass options are available.


The Fox River Navigational System Authority manages the 17 locks on the Fox River from Menasha to De Pere.

Of the 17 locks, 16 have been restored to full working order and are a recreational, historic and economic asset to northeast Wisconsin.  

The lock at Rapide Croche near Wrightstown will remain closed as a barrier to invasive aquatic species.

People can watch boaters go through the locks while walking the new Kaukauna Locks Trail that links the five Kaukauna locks with the network of trails in Kaukauna and the Fox Cities. The 1.3 mile trail runs adjacent to all five locks and gives pedestrians and cyclists a chance to see the locks in action during the summer months.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.