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    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

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  • Flowage Level Drawdown North Of Taylors Falls/St. Croix Falls

    Beginning October 2, Xcel Energy will be lowering the level of the flowage upstream from Taylors Falls/St. Croix Falls by up to 6 feet. This is to allow for repair to flashboards on the dam that were damaged by high water in September.

Dinosaurs of the Riverway

January 17, 2013 Posted by: Park Ranger Branda Thwaits

This one year old sturgeon being held in the hand of a biologist is less than a foot long. NPS photo.

Sometimes startling paddlers with its size and prehistoric look, sturgeon are gentle giants that inhabit both the Namekagon and St. Croix Rivers. A species that can live more than 100 years, measure more than 7 feet in length, and weigh more than 200 pounds, this fish is so important that the word Namekagon is derived from the Ojibwe "Name" or "Nah-muy", which means sturgeon.  

Join us this Saturday to learn more about this ancient fish as Jeff Kampa, Wisconsin DNR Fisheries Scientist, presents the results of years of research. Learn about the current status of the sturgeon population in the Namekagon and upper St. Croix Rivers.  In addition, explore the movement and distribution of sturgeon in the Riverway and the success of current and past stocking efforts in the Namekagon River.

This presentation will be the kick off for our 2013 Speaker Series.  The presentation is free and open to the public.  It will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 19th at the St. Croix River Visitor Center, 401 North Hamilton Street, in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.  Reservations are encouraged.  To reserve a seat, call (715) 483-2274.

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Did You Know?

Black and White photo of the St. Croix river clogged with logs

Between 1850 and 1889 log jams occurred at angle rock on the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin, where the river bends within a rocky gorge. In 1886 over 150 million board feet of logs jammed creating a tourist attraction. Today St. Croix NSR attracts tourists for its scenic beauty.