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    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

River Currents

About This Blog

Rivers are flowing, changing, currents of water. We are drawn to rivers to paddle, fish, camp, or to just sit and watch moving water. Follow this blog for updates on recreational opportunities, park programs, current events, and the changing seasons of the St Croix and Namekagon Rivers.

"Riverway Summer"

August 14, 2013 Posted by: Park Ranger Dale Cox

Seasons of the year vary, and summer at the St. Croix is no different.

 

A Watery Connection Between Different Parks

August 07, 2013 Posted by: Park Ranger John Eret

Just as the view from the water can change how one perceives Glacier National Park, the many opportunities to hike can change our view of the St. Croix Riverway.

 

Sandbar Ahead!

July 31, 2013 Posted by: Park Ranger April Ammann

Sandbars seen on the river are a reminder of the park's past as a working river.

 

Journeys

July 24, 2013 Posted by: Park Ranger Kay Vance

People native to the St. Croix region travelled in concert with the seasons.

 

Wildflowers!

July 17, 2013 Posted by: Park Ranger Joan Jacobowski

Wildflowers are more beautiful than the colors we see.

 

Behind The Scenes At A National Park

July 11, 2013 Posted by: Park Ranger Dale Cox

It takes a lot of unseen work to keep a natural area accessible (and clean) for visitors.

 

The Brule Portatge Trail

June 26, 2013 Posted by: Park Guide Isaiah Frater

Portages served as frontage roads to the river highways during the fur trade era.

 

Veterans Day On The River

June 12, 2013 Posted by: Park Rangers Branda Thwaits and Jeff Butler

Our country's natural areas offer solace and potential healing to those in need of time and reflection. Nowhere is this truer than in our rivers...

 

In The Morning!

June 05, 2013 Posted by: Park Ranger April Ammann

Dawn and dusk are great times to see the moods, and wildlife, of the Riverway.

 

Veazie: Ghost Town of the Namekagon

May 29, 2013 Posted by: Park Ranger Joan Jacobowski

Paddling on the Namekagon may bring you closer to history than you think.

 

Be Prepared

May 22, 2013 Posted by: Park Ranger Caroline Stedman

It's always good to double check weather and river conditions before a trip.

 

For The Love Of The River

May 15, 2013 Posted by: Park Ranger John Eret

An easy change in use of lead products for sportfishing can make a big difference.

 

What's In A Name?

May 03, 2013 Posted by: Park Ranger Dale Cox

People who love the St. Croix see it with many different perspectives.

 

A Change In Seasons?

April 26, 2013 Posted by: Park Ranger Dale Cox

“Birding Day in the St. Croix Valley” celebrates International Migratory Bird Day.

 

National Scenic Trails

April 12, 2013 Posted by: Park Ranger Dale Cox

Two National Scenic Trails pass through the Riverway boundary, providing even more opportunities for outdoor adventures.

 

National Parks In A New Light

March 29, 2013 Posted by: Park Ranger Dale Cox

Rivers and other natural areas offer more than beauty: for some, they may be the key to a new life.

 

A Misunderstood Fish

March 12, 2013 Posted by: Park Ranger Branda Thwaits

Redhorse suckers are more than "rough" fish: they can tell us about the health of the rivers.

 

Dakota and Ojibwe People of the St. Croix

February 25, 2013 Posted by: Park Historian Jean Schaeppi-Anderson

Early maps identify rivers in a variety of languages, assisting historians with determining where people lived at the time the map was made.

 

What Will Spring Bring?

February 14, 2013 Posted by: Park Ranger Dale Cox

Looking at river levels over the past year while thinking about the coming season...

 

Dinosaurs of the Riverway

January 17, 2013 Posted by: Park Ranger Branda Thwaits

The public is invited to attend a presentation to learn about the health of lake sturgeon living in the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers.

 

Programs And Events In 2013

January 02, 2013 Posted by: Park Ranger Dale Cox

Visitors will have many options and opportunities to learn about the Riverway this year.

 

Winter Fun Along The Namekagon

December 19, 2012 Posted by: Park Ranger Branda Thwaits

Winter is not a season to slow down in the Namekagon River area.

 

A Special Piece of History Donated to the Park

December 07, 2012 Posted by: Park Ranger Dale Cox

A pen used by President Lyndon B. Johnson to sign the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act into law is donated to the park.

 

Graceful Curves Of Fall

September 28, 2012 Posted by: Park Ranger Dale Cox

Even with low water levels, fall is the perfect time for paddling the rivers.

 

A Day on the River

September 12, 2012 Posted by: Branda Thwaits

Paddling from Cable Wayside to Larsen Landing: beauty and wildlife

 

Keep it Clean

September 06, 2012 Posted by: Caroline Stedman

No matter how hard the little snapping turtle tried, he couldn't swim away from me. His four short legs beat the water frantically. Clear line was holding him to the log stuck in the muck in a foot of water. He had swallowed a hook, and was now tied to the log with a death sentence. I cut the line close to his mouth and watched him swim away to wherever he chose to spend his last days.

 

A Truly Dark Sky

August 09, 2012 Posted by: Park Ranger Elsa Hansen

Natural lightscapes are critical for nighttime scenery, such as viewing a starry sky, but are also critical for maintaining nocturnal habitat.

 

An Overlooked Gem

August 05, 2012 Posted by: Park Guide Isaiah Frater

Areas that are often overlooked can offer surprising scenery and wildlife.

 

Jumping Sturgeon

August 02, 2012 Posted by: Park Ranger John Eret

A day of fly fishing on the river is interrupted by a surprise visitor.

 

Wannigan Days

July 19, 2012 Posted by: Visitor Use Assistant Kevin Iverson

Celebrating community heritage and history... and a river runs through it.

 

Namekagon Memory Day, July 20, 2012

July 18, 2012 Posted by: Park Ranger Joan Jacobowski

Attend a special event to share stories and learn more about the history of the Namekagon River.

 

Take A St. Croix Sojourn

July 11, 2012 Posted by: Park Ranger Dale Cox

Move at the pace of the river and learn about its history, geology and natural wonders: fun for the whole family!

 

Fishing With A Friend

July 11, 2012 Posted by: Park Guide Russell Petersen

Whether casting alone or with a lifelong friend, the river provides an unexpected friendship as well.

 

What's The Matter With The Sand?

July 06, 2012 Posted by: NPS Environmental Coordinator Jill Medland

Fine particles of sediment may seem harmless, but in the world below the surface of the river small changes can have big impacts.

 

A Surprising Discovery

June 29, 2012 Posted by: Park Ranger Linda Krings

Sighting a young freshwater mussel provides delight and wonder.

 

Namekagon River: Thompson Bridge to Eagle's Landing

June 28, 2012 Posted by: Park Ranger Joan Jacobowski

A favorite stretch of the Namekagon River.

 

It's All Connected

June 23, 2012 Posted by: Park Ranger Dale Cox

A watershed is like the basin of a sink, where everything flows downstream. In some cases, it just takes a little longer.

 

St. Croix River Currents

June 16, 2012 Posted by: Park Ranger Dale Cox

Return of the Riverway blog.

 

Special Places - Where Rivers Meet

June 16, 2012 Posted by: Park Ranger Caroline Stedman

Rivers are a reflection of the landscape and people around them.

 

A Place For Poets

March 29, 2012 Posted by: Park Ranger Dale Cox

The nature of rivers calls to the poet in each of us

 

Grace, Beauty, and Fear

March 15, 2012 Posted by: Park Ranger Branda Thwaits

Cougars in Wisconsin maybe even near here!

 

March 1: The Lure of Spring

March 01, 2012 Posted by: Ranger Dale Cox

Watching the calendar and waiting for spring to show up

 

Landscaping For Wildlife

February 16, 2012 Posted by: Ranger Dale Cox

Landscaping for wildlife using native plants

 

A Winter "Snapshot" of the Namekagon

February 02, 2012 Posted by: Park Volunteer Ben Thwaits

Winter photography benefiting youth

 

A Case of the Jumps

January 18, 2012 Posted by: Aquatic Biologist, Byron Karns

A new threat to the river: Asian Carp

 

Open Water In January

January 10, 2012 Posted by: Dale Cox

The river slows, but does not stop in winter.

 

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.