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    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

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?

An aerial photo of the river splitting and a tributaru joining from the north

In the Dakota language The St. Croix River is O-Ki-Zu-Wa-Kpa: To meet or to unite, as the waters of a river gather into a lake or two rivers meet or an area where we planted. Dakota and Ojibwe Indians still live near St. Croix NSR.