2023 release dates:
- Saturday, June 17th
- River flow is estimated to be approximately 2,500 cfs on Saturday, June 17th, 2023 which is below the minimum flow criteria of 3,000 cfs. In accordance with our FERC license, there will be NO scheduled whitewater boating release on this date.
- Saturday, June 24th
- River flow is estimated to be approximately 2,500 cfs on Saturday, June 24th, 2023 which is below the minimum flow criteria of 3,000 cfs. In accordance with our FERC license, there will be NO scheduled whitewater boating release on this date.
- Saturday, September 30th
- Saturday, October 7th
U.S. KAUKAUNA DAM TAINTER GATE SPILLWAY FLOW RELEASE
Kayak Access Gate
For safety and security, the kayak access point located under Highway 55 bridge is secured.
Access key fobs are available to purchase for $25 each (cash or certified checks only) at Kaukauna Utilities (777 Island St.) between the hours of 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday.
Access key fobs are also available at 1000 Islands Conservatory (1000 Beaulieu Ct.) on Saturdays and Sundays between the hours of 10 am to 3 pm.
Please note, at time of purchase, a liability waiver must be signed.
Public Parking for the Kayak access point on the south side of the river under the STH 55 Bridge is accessible on the west side of STH 55 off Maple Street. Pedestrian access via a public sidewalk and stairs exists from the parking area along the west side of STH 55 to the Kayak Access Gate located under the STH 55 Bridge.
Total Feet of Gate Opening
Today’s Total Feet of Gate Opening at the U.S. Kaukauna Dam is:
0 ft (Last updated on 9/12/23 4:50 pm)
This number is reviewed daily and updated promptly after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers makes changes to gate openings. *Please note – while the number is reviewed daily, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does not necessarily change the gate openings daily. When there is a change in gate openings, it will be updated above.
Please note that 300 cfs is continuously released over the spillway for environmental enhancement.
The Chart below shows flow release in cubic feet per second (cfs) based on total feet of gate opening.
Flow release to the Fox River reach bypassed by the Kaukauna Utilities’ Badger Hydroelectric Project is provided through the 8 tainter gates of the U.S. Kaukauna Dam, which are owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Tainter gates are adjusted in one-foot increments. Corps personnel immediately notify Kaukauna Utilities operators of adjustments, who promplty post changes in total gate opening to this web site. Under normal conditions, adjustments are made no more than once per day. Leakage through the gates when closed (0 feet) is approximately 10 cfs.
Flows may quickly change during storm events, spring thaw, and scheduled flow releases.