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Appleton Locks Paddle - Sept. 28


Lutz Park to Sunset Park

Experience the Fox Locks in a big way on a trip that picks up where the Park-to-Park normally ends. We pass through all four Appleton locks on a trip from Appleton's Lutz Park to Sunset Park in Kimberly. The Fox River lock and dam system is still a marvel of 19th century technology. The Lower Fox drops in elevation from Lake Winnebago to Green Bay a distance about equal to Niagara Falls.


If the flow rate as measured by the USGS gauge in Appleton is registering higher than 6,000 cubic feet per second the morning of the paddle, we will switch to the alternate route -- launching from Sunset Park at 9:30 a.m., paddling upriver to Telulah Park and back to Sunset Park

USGS Water-data graph for site 06025500


Go to USGS site


Joining Us?

  1. Please let us know! Use the link above to let us know we still should count you in. It helps us plan but doesn't commit you to the trip. You will register and pay your $10 per person at the launch (under 16 free with an adult).
  2. Make registration go faster. Fill out this online fillable form for the ACA Adult Waiver or ACA Minor Waiver in advance and bring it to the landing. This is a good time to become a member of NEWP for $10 per year plus $25 for ACA (American Canoe Association) membership.

 Sunset Park


At a Glance

Miles: 5

Arrive: Join us beginning at 8 a.m. at Lutz Park in Kimberly. Unload your boats and passengers. Drivers only take your vehicles to Sunset Park in Kimberly, where a shuttle bus is available to take you back to the launch.

Launch: 9:30 a.m., Lutz Park, Appleton. Restrooms available.

Land: Sunset Park, Kimberly, where your vehicle is waiting.

Challenges: This paddle is about as easy as they get. Short distance with four stops to lock through. The main concern is staying away from the pull of the dams.


For the safety of all, ACA rules require you must wear your PFD (lifejacket) AT ALL TIMES when on the water and no alcohol during paddles, Bring water, sunscreen and select a paddle buddy.

What if there's weather?

We will paddle in rain, but will immediately get off the water if there is lightning. Check here at our webpage or on our Facebook page if the weather threatens to cancel the event. If you have pre-registered, check your email for updates.


The closest campground is High Cliff State Park.

NEED A Boat?

NEWP members may arrange to borrow club boats.