• Canoeists paddle by tree lined shores

    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

High Water

VISITOR INFORMATION DURING HIGH WATER EVENTS

The water is high, cold, fast, and deep: in these conditions hypothermia is a real and serious risk.

Please be aware that landings and the roads leading to them may be, or may become, submerged. Whether driving or walking, any time you encounter water over a road or trail, turn around and do not enter the water.

Watch for debris. Debris may be floating or just under the surface, and swift currents may push you into debris.

Campsites may be dangerous to access due to high water. Normal access may be underwater, and swift currents may make it difficult to pull up to shore and exit or enter your vessel.

If you must go on the water, PLEASE WEAR YOUR LIFEJACKET AT ALL TIMES!

Bring extra dry clothes in a protected plastic bag or container. In these conditions,

Watch for low bridges: be prepared to portage around them.

Let someone know your float plan. Notify that person when you get on and off the river.

Did You Know?

A green dragonfly emerges from its old skin, seen below.

Dragonflies spend most of their life living in the water. Eventually they climb out of the water and grab onto something. Here they will emerge from their old skin like a butterfly emerges from its cocoon and fly away.