Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway

Overview

Calm or dancing waters surrounded by shades of green, the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway provides 252 miles of recreational opportunities. Canoe amid the northwoods, where wolves, deer, otter and porcupine can be seen or boat surrounded by wooded bluffs and historic towns. The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968 created a thin narrow corridor of protection for the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers. This corridor provides scenic views and a haven for wildlife. The clean, sparkling river water shelters native mussels, dragonflies, and fish. Overhead, eagles, osprey, kingfisher and warblers fly and nest. Closer at hand raccoons, fox, and bear may be glimpsed. Color bursts forth from trilliums and marsh marigolds, followed by asters, cardinal flowers and the changing fall colors. A wealth of wildlife viewing awaits those who seek it. A glimpse of the River's past can also be seen on the landscape. A stone wall, a steel ring, a cabin or a metal bridge recalls earlier times. Dakota, Ojibwe, voyageurs, loggers and settlers have all known this river. Whether solitude or a shared experience is desired, you too can come to know this river. Today, hope is that the river leaves its mark on you, but that you do not leave a mark on the river.

Map

Seasonality / Weather

Landings and campsites are open year round. There are no fees for camping. Outfitters are available who rent watercraft or you can bring your own. Some landings and campsites have water available on a seasonal basis. Wells are normally open late May through September and closed the rest of the year. The St. Croix River Visitor Center in St. Croix Falls, WI, has exhibits, a bookstore and the park movie.

Directions

Driving: 

Minnesota Hwy 95 and Wisconsin Hwy 35 parallel the lower stretches. Wisconsin Hwy 63 the upper stretches. Crossings at I-94, Hwy 8, Hwy 70, and Hwy 77/48.

Flying: 

Minneapolis/St. Paul or Duluth are the nearest airport

Public Transport: 

Public Transportation - Taxi or bus to Stillwater, MN from Minneapolis/St. Paul MN.