Appleton Locks Paddle

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Lutz Park to Sunset Park - Sept. 29

The Fox River lock and dam system is a marvel of 19th century technology. We will pass through four of the hand-operated locks, part of a system that has allowed navigation on the Lower Fox despite a drop in elevation from Lake Winnebago to Green Bay about equal to Niagara Falls. This paddle offers plenty of conversation and snacking time while the water level is lowered in the locks. Enjoy the fall colors and then have fun at Appleton's Octoberfest afterwards.

Joining Us?


  1. Please let us know! Tap the button above to let us know to 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 Youth Waiver in advance and bring it to the landing. This is a good time to become a member of NEWP for $10 per year.

 Shuttle map


At a Glance

Miles: 6

Arrive: Starting at 7:30 a.m. Drop off gear and passengers at Lutz Park in Appleton and shuttle vehicles to Sunset Park, Kimberly. Ride bus back.

Launch: 9:30 a.m., Lutz Park, Appleton. Restrooms available.
Lunch: Bring a lunch to eat in the locks
Land: Sunset Park, Kimberly. Restrooms available. ETA noon.

Difficulty: Easy. All river paddling and ample rest time in the locks. Rescue boat support.


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

Boat rentals

NEWP members may arrange to borrow club boats. Public rentals are available from these vendors: