Water levels near the DePere Dam to be lowered over the next few days

Published Oct. 25, 2017

DETROIT – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, is planning to drawdown the DePere pool on the Fox River in DePere, Wis.

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, USACE, is planning to drawdown the DePere pool to spillway crest elevation this week as a precautionary step to conduct investigative measures to allow for required maintenance. The duration associated with the drawdown is unknown at this time.  Water levels upstream of the DePere Dam and downstream of Little Rapids Dam will be affected. 

USACE is pursuing coordination with local stakeholders and every effort will be made to maintain the navigational channel depth.  After the drawdown, because of fluctuations caused by natural occurrences, such as wind and flow, it may be challenging to keep the levels at the crest elevation.  There is no immediate danger to the public, but because of the lower pool, boating activities within the pool should be done with caution. Also, this drawdown is expected to have minimal effects on aquatic life.

DePere Dam is one of the federal dams on the Lower Fox River, that connects Lake Winnebago and Green Bay. Nine federal dams and four non-federal dams are located along the Lower Fox River. The nine federal dams are owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District. The locks associated with these dams were turned over to the state of Wisconsin in 2005.

For additional questions, please contact Lynn Rose, public affairs officer, 313-226-4680.


Fox River: http://www.lre.usace.army.mil/Portals/69/docs/GreatLakesInfo/docs/LakeWinnebago/LakeWinnebagoFactsBook.pdf

Lynn Rose
313-300-0662 (cell)

Release no. 17-035