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Busy Fox River lock closed for holiday, cutting into boating

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MENASHA, Wis. (AP) -- One of the busiest locks on the Fox River in northeastern Wisconsin is closed for the holiday weekend, cutting into business and boating.

Fishermen found the invasive round goby below the Neenah dam this week, prompting officials to close the lock until they can determine how widespread the problem is.

Bob Stark of the Fox River Navigational System Authority tells Post-Crescent Media the economic impact on businesses that cater to boaters probably will be significant.

But Friends of the Fox President Dave Peck says the damage the round goby could inflict on native fish and the food chain is much more significant.

The closure keeps boaters from traveling from Little Lake Butte des Morts to Lake Winnebago and back through the lock system. The northern locks will operate normally.

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