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Winter Fun Along The Namekagon

December 19, 2012 Posted by: Park Ranger Branda Thwaits

A bench overlooks the partially frozen waters of the Namekagon River in this image. NPS photo.

As cold weather begins to settles in and the rivers begins to freeze, it's time to start thinking about ways to get out and enjoy the area during the winter. While recent snow is packing down a little, there are two great trails along the Namekagon River that offer a wonderful experience.   

Trego Nature Trail

The Trego Nature Trail is located near the Namekagon Visitor Center in Trego. While not groomed for skiing, this 2.8 mile round trip trail is a favorite for those who enjoy snowshoeing or winter hiking.  Strap on your snowshoes and trek through several forest types as you glimpse many beautiful views of the Namekagon River.  Keep your eyes open for animal tracks and otter slides.

Trego Lake Trail

Located along the Trego Flowage, this 3.6 mile trail offers skiers three loops with many scenic overlooks of Trego Lake.  This trail is considered intermediate for skiers, with moderate hills and provided wipe out areas.  The inner loop can be skied after skills have been developed.  Hikers are permitted in the winter, but please remember to stay off the ski tracks.Keep your eyes and ears open: this is also a favorite trail for white tail deer and grouse!.

Before venturing out make sure to call the Namekagon Visitor Center at 715-635-8346 for current trail conditions. For a map of these trails visit http://www.nps.gov/sacn/planyourvisit/brochures.htm and click hiking. 

For those of you, who are not able to visit the Namekagon River this winter, make sure to check our Facebook page for winter pictures and updates on what's happening along the entire Riverway at http://www.facebook.com/StCroixNationalScenicRiverway.

We hope to see you out there this winter!


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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.