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Fishing With A Friend

July 11, 2012 Posted by: Park Guide Russell Petersen

A historic photo of two friends displaying the days catch from the St. Croix. (Photo courtesy the Riegel Collection)

Fishing the St. Croix River feels a lot like meeting up with a good friend. It doesn't matter the circumstances under which you meet or how long your company is kept. Be it a quick walk in the woods or a week long camping adventure. The time together is always memorable.  And often as it is when meeting up with a close acquaintance the most jubilant part of your time together is the initial meeting. That moment of rekindling joy that is felt upon seeing one another again. This is the same feeling I get when I walk onto the banks of the St. Croix River.

Like friends and fishing, stories are swapped and troubles are revealed while catching up. Their size and length vary just as much as the fish that swim beneath the water. Maybe even a secret or two are exchanged. Hearing good news can conjure the same sensations as discovering a new favorite fishing spot or first success with a new lure. And as to be expected in any facet of this life, surprises are welcome and can often create the greatest memories. This procession of thoughts and fellowship can continue for hours or maybe just a quick cast after work. Either way, as the time draws near to leave neither party wants to say goodbye. The thought of "just one more cast" feels a lot like that awkward hug as you say goodbye to someone you will see next week.

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Did You Know?

two men with a circular ice saw.  In the background blocks of ice are moving up a ramp into an ice house

Before the invention of refrigerators, people harvested ice from rivers and lakes in the winter and stored the ice, covered in sawdust, in buildings. An ice house, storing ice from the river, once stood near the site of the park headquarters for St. Croix NSR, in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.