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Upper Fox River Public Access
Berlin Lock and Dam

COVID-19 Update

On Friday, May 1 and at the direction of Gov. Evers, the department reopened state parks, forests and sites within the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway with special conditions. Four State Natural Areas remain closed: Parfrey's Glen, Pewits Nest, Gibraltar Rock and Dells of the Wisconsin River. All Wildlife Areas and Fisheries Areas are open. For more information, please visit the DNR's COVID-19 information webpage for the full list of conditions, including hours of operation, admission fees and more.

Berlin Lock and Dam is one of several DNR properties included in the Upper Fox River Public Access group of properties along the Upper Fox River.

The department owns and maintains several facilities including two no-fee boat launches with parking (one above and one below the dam), an ADA accessible fishing pier, a restroom facility, picnic tables/benches and the former lock remnants. We contract with the City of Berlin to maintain the area grounds and restroom facilities.


The Berlin Lock and Dam lies within the City of Berlin along the Upper Fox River. The DNR parking lot and boat landing can be found by following Morris Street south in the city of Berlin. Morris Street becomes a dead end at the DNR parking area.


Angling opportunities

boat launches and pier fishing.

Recreational Opportunities

  • Fishing
  • Hiking (no designated trails)
  • Cross-country skiing (no designated trails)
  • Canoeing
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Bird watching
  • Berry picking

Note: On Upper Fox River Public Access properties there is walk-in access only; no motorized vehicles, no open fires (campfires), and no camping. These rules are intended to preserve the historic and scenic qualities of the river and area.


The Upper Fox River Public Access properties are managed to protect and enhance the natural resources associated with the Fox River, while providing river access, boat access and fishing opportunities.


For questions and comments contact:

Property Manager
Department of Natural Resources
427 E. Tower Drive, Suite 100
Wautoma, WI 54982

Fisheries Biologist
Department of Natural Resources
427 E. Tower Drive, Suite 100
Wautoma, WI 54982

City of Berlin
Parks and Recreation Department
108 N Capron St.

Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020