De Pere Lock and Dam Historic District

Fox R. at James St., De Pere, Wisconsin

Original lock built 1836; Modern lock built 1936


View Northwest, De Pere Dam

The deck truss and bascule bridge, shown here, has been replaced. The bridge is listed at our sister site, Historic Bridges of the United States.

Photo taken by Joseph Paskus, July 1995 for HAER



The De Pere Lock and Dam allows passage from Green Bay in Lake Michigan around rapids and into the Lower Fox River. The complex is the first link in a series of locks and dams that allows passage from De Pere to Menasha on the Lower Fox River Waterway System. From the documentation of the lock and dam, presented by the Historic American Engineering Record, 1995.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 7, 1993
Reference number
Areas of significance
Transportation; Engineering
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Water-related; Single dwelling
Current function
Period of significance
Significant years
1936; 1930
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2
Contributing structures: 3
Non-contributing buildings: 2

Update Log 

  • October 28, 2018: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • September 15, 2010: New photos from J.R. Manning