Explore the Scenic St. Croix Valley
The Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway is a federally protected system of riverways located in eastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin and includes both the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers offering 255 miles of clean water gliding and rushing through pristine landscape.
One of the most peaceful ways to experience Minnesota and Wisconsin’s fall color show is paddling a canoe or kayak between the densely wooded banks of the St. Croix or Namekagon Rivers. Much of the 164-mile St. Croix River forms the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin, and it was one of only eight waterways originally designated as a "National Wild and Scenic River" by the federal government, in 1968.
It's common to see eagles, herons and dozens of other bird species, and with a little luck and attentiveness, you might see mink, beaver, whitetail deer, fox, and maybe even black bear.
Q.What is there to do and see here?
These private companies can help you have a successful visit or you can bring your own boat or canoe.
along the river as part of two state parks, Minnesota and Wisconsin Interstate.
Things To Know Before You Come and Nearby Attractions
Q. Where can one eat?
A.Most of the communities along the Riverway and some of the roads connecting them have restaurants from fast food to sit down.
The larger the town, the larger the selection.
snowmobile trails. Brochures are available for many of the trails at visitor centers.
A.Trout are usually found in the upper part of the St. Croix and the Namekagon. The St. Croix is known for its Smallmouth bass fishing.
For more information visit fishing under "Things to Do" on the National Park Service website. A license is required.
Where the St. Croix River is the Minnesota/Wisconsin state boundary, either state license is valid. Anglers may fish from the river or either shoreline.
A.The falls such as they were, came to an end when the hydroelectric dam was completed in 1906.
and provided water power. The town of Osceola, WI still has a waterfall that can be viewed from Main Street. It is called Cascade Falls.
These are primitive campsites that cannot be reserved. There are State Parks, State Forests, County Parks, and Private campgrounds that
provide drive in accessibility and more amenities.
Q: Can I have a campfire?
in barbecues and cooking grills brought from home. All restrictions must be observed during fire bans to protect the area from wildfire.
Q: Can I gather firewood?
Firewood may not be gathered from any island due to concern about erosion.
Q: Can I pick and eat berries?
Q: Can I collect wildflowers, mussel shells and other Riverway souvenirs?
Leave these items in the Riverway for others to enjoy!
Q: What about fireworks?
Q: Can I operate a vehicle or bicycle off road?
Snowmobiles are allowed on the frozen river surface of the St. Croix River from the north city limits of Stillwater to the Highway 243 Bridge
near Osceola, WI and from upstream of the hydroelectric dam at St. Croix Falls, WI north to the Highway 35 Bridge at Riverside, WI.
Q: Can I use my jet ski or other personal watercraft?
upstream to the Gordon Dam and along the entire length of the Namekagon River to the Namekagon Dam.
Personal watercraft are allowed on the St. Croix River south of Stillwater.
Please visit the National Park Service website for more information on the St. Croix National Riverway.