Boater Flows

Release Dates

In 2022, we have four scheduled whitewater flow releases between 10:00am and 2:00pm on the following dates:

June 18 – River flow is estimated to be approximately 8500 cfs on Saturday, June 18, 2022.   In accordance with our FERC license, we will shut down one hydroelectric unit to accommodate recreational boating on the Fox River from 10:00am until 2:00pm.  Estimated flows through the main river bypass will be approximately 6190 cfs for the scheduled whitewater boating release.

June 25  – River flow is estimated to be approximately 6700 cfs on Saturday, June 25, 2022.   In accordance with our FERC license, we will shut down one hydroelectric unit and adjust the load on the other unit to accommodate recreational boating on the Fox River from 10:00am until 2:00pm.  Estimated flows through the main river bypass will be approximately 5770 cfs for the scheduled whitewater boating release.

September 24- River flow is estimated to be approximately 7,450 cfs on Saturday, September 24, 2022. In accordance with our FERC license, we will shut down one hydroelectric unit and adjust the load on the other unit to accommodate recreational boating on the Fox River from 10:00am until 2:00pm. Estimated flows through the main river bypass will be approximately 5,630 cfs for the scheduled whitewater boating release.

October 1- River flow is estimated to be approximately 3,400 cfs on Saturday, October 1, 2022. In accordance with our FERC license, we will shut down both hydroelectric units to accommodate recreational boating on the Fox River from 10:00am until 2pm. Estimated flows through the main river bypass will be approximately 3,400 cfs for the scheduled whitewater boating release.

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 feet (Last updated on 11/22/22 5:32 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.

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Please note that 300 cfs is continuously released over the spillway for environmental enhancement.

Flow Release

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.