Rivers to Explore

The St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers offer 255 miles of clean water gliding or rushing past a lush green landscape, with glimpses of human presence.  Choose to canoe and camp amid the Northwoods, or boat and fish surrounded by wooded bluffs and historic towns.  This river corridor provides bountiful scenic views and a haven for wildlife near a major metropolitan area.  Plan a visit!

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Features

Two boys in a loaded canoe wearing lifejackets

Travel with the River: Paddle or Float

Traveling with the river you should be aware of river levels to select which stretch of river and to know if you will be scraping or floating high

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Riffles on the water bordered by grass and trees

Find Yourself on the Riverway

In this case physically. Maps can help you know where to camp or where landings are located along the river. Updated yearly, so check them out.

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mussel partially buried in the gravel is open with flesh sticking out

Look in the River:

Fish, mussels and bugs of all sorts, live in the river and attest to our clean water. Watch videos of some of our mussels showing off.

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Learn More about the River

Programs are scheduled on and off the River to help people, of various ages, learn a little more or have fun enjoying the river. Take a look!

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Threats to the River

Threats to the rivers come in many sizes from land, water and air. A recent threat is the introduction of Asian Carp

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