As of December, 2008, based upon negotiations with AW and FERC, Kaukauna Utilities is providing online gauging for this reach. Unfortunately, this is not a USGS gauge which we can access and report here. However, you can
click this link to go to Kaukauna Utilities
to see their report and table of flows to determine actual reported flow in this reach. Please note that this will be substantially different from the gauge readings reported here. All descriptions on this river-page are based upon the USGS gauge, and are subject to vagaries as noted below.
*The USGS gauge (which is cited on this reach, and used for 'color coding' for runnability) is about 8 miles upstream in Appleton. River flow is highly regulated by a series of locks and dams. The riverbed through this stretch is primarily wide, flat bedrock. A significant part of flow is diverted, both into the locks and into a powerplant channel. Thus, the "gauge flow" does not reflect actual flow in any boatable channel. Further, even the boatable channel for this run is broken up by islands (particularly in the lower portion of this reach, where one encounters braided channels), so it is nearly impossible to quantify (from this gauge) the amount of the flow you are boating in any particular channel.
The gauge serves only as a preliminary indicator of likely runnability. The best gauging is the previously cited Kaukauna Utilities page, or visual inspection, looking at the dam upstream of the put-in. There are eight 'releasable' gates in the dam. One releasing is low boatable, two is good/medium, and three is high.
The detail description of this run includes numerous mentions of 'one-gate', 'two-gates', or 'three-gates' levels. Flows below are based on the Appleton gauge upstream of the diversion (see disclaimer above). Unfortunately, we do not yet have data correlating boatability to flows (reported by Kaukauna Utilities) actually in the bypass.
|4,000 - 6,000||Low||
Beginner to Intermediate
Play is possible in '1000 Islands' (below the diagonal dam). (See Part III in the description.)
The early parts of the reach (Part I & II in the description) will generally be too grungy to bother with.
|6,000 - 10,000||Optimal||
Intermediate to stronger
|Whole reach should be runnable/playable.|
Some features will be great, while other areas may just become too pushy for good play or may 'wash out'.
"Ten Boat Wave" is reported to be great!
(based on USGS data, 1986-2006)
|Drainage area at gauge||5,950 sq.mi.|
|All time minimum daily mean flow||783 cfs|
|90% of time flow exceeds||1,640 cfs|
|10% of time flow exceeds||8,100 cfs|
|All time maximum daily mean flow||18,000 cfs|
10/90 ratio ('flashy-ness')
(under 3 is quite steady, over 10 is quite 'flashy')
|Average runnable days per year||47|
|FOX RIVER AT APPLETON, WI|
|usgs-04084445||5000 - 14000 cfs||II-III(IV)||01h23m||12490 cfs (running)|
|Experienced whitewater boaters. Some features will be great, others may be too pushy for good play or may 'wash out'. "Ten Boat Wave" is reported to be great!|
Cited gauge is 8 miles upstream in Appleton, with locks and dams regulating flow. Always check KU website (link on "Flow Info" tab) for daily flow info.
|Fox [WI]||"Dave the Wave" enjoying a medium level surt - left channel below the dam||n/a||Carla Miner|
|Fox [WI]||Hidden Channel Wave||n/a||Thomas O'Keefe|
|2y131d00h38m||@Fox B) Kaukauna/1000 Islands: Hwy.55/Main Ave. to CTH.ZZ (1.5 miles) [WI]||Fox River site visit||too low to run||Thomas O'Keefe|
|5y262d13h38m||Fox [WI]||Kaukauna Dam||n/a||Thomas O'Keefe|
|6y62d12h38m||Fox [WI]||Fox River||n/a||Thomas O'Keefe|