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DePere Summer Lock Tours

De Pere lock and house, circa 1915. The house was built on an island and was only accessible by crossing the gates of the lock. Families used wheelbarrows or wagons to carry belongings across the top of the lock. Photo courtesy of De Pere Historical Society

Free guided tours of the De Pere lock will allow visitors to watch and learn how the lock is operated by hand, understand the 170 year history of the Fox River lock system and hear the stories of the locktenders and families who lived on Government Island.

DePere Riverwalk Festival Lock Tour
Saturday, June 30, 11am-6pm
Free Admission: Food, Refreshments & musical entertainment for the whole family
Location: Voyageur Park, Downtown-De Pere East Side

Festival lock tours will be held at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4pm

Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Moonlight Paddle Lock Tour
Friday, August 10, 5pm-9:30pm
Tours are free; $10 registration for those who wish to participate in the paddle
Location: Voyageur Park, Downtown-De Pere East Side

Paddle lock tours will be held at noon, 5, 6 and 7 pm

Tours will begin at the entrance to the Riverwalk Bridge, located in the southwest corner of Voyageur Park, Downtown De Pere, East Side.

The tours are sponsored by the De Pere Historical Society, De Pere Historic Preservation CommissionFox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway and the Fox River Navigational System Authority.

For more information, contact info@heritageparkway.org or (920) 707-2965.

Boat traffic jam at De Pere lock. In 1908, 330 boats and ships passed through the locks carrying more than 8000 tons of cargo and 2782 passengers and crew. Photo courtesy of Buck Clark

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