2009 Camping Permits Available

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Date: April 16, 2009
Contact: Bob Whaley, 715-483-2260
Contact: Dale Cox, 715-483-2272

2009 Camping Permits Now Available for

Lower St. Croix River, Highway 8 to Soo Line High Bridge


The National Park Service (NPS) at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway announces that the annual permit required for camping on the Lower St. Croix River is now available. In 2009, the permit is required for anyone camping along the St. Croix River between St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin - Taylors Falls, Minnesota, and the Soo Line High Bridge. 


The camping permit is available free of charge at the St. Croix River Visitor Center.  The visitor center is located at 401 North Hamilton Street in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, and can be reached at (715) 483-2274.  It is currently open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Beginning Saturday, April 18, the visitor center will be open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., seven days per week.


The application for a permit is also available online for people to print, read, sign, and mail to the visitor center.  After reviewing the application, NPS staff will mail the permit. 


When obtaining a permit, campers agree to the following regulations:

·        Campers must camp in designated campsites, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

·        In addition to the 7 sites at Eagle’s Nest Campground, a total of 13 primitive and 2 primitive group campsites have been established.  Up to 8 people and 3 tents will be allowed at individual campsites.  Group sites will accommodate 9 to 16 people and up to 6 tents. Larger groups will need to split up or make arrangements to camp in one of the state parks.

·        There is a 3-night limit of stay.  There is a 30-night limit for the season.

·        Campsites must be occupied on the first night of stay.

·        Campers are required to bring in and use their own portable camp toilets or use on-board facilities on self-contained boats.

·        The camping permit must be attached to the tent so it is clearly visible.  The permit must be displayed every time you camp in 2009.

·        Alcohol is prohibited at Eagle’s Nest Campground (river mile 48.5) located downriver from Franconia Landing.

·        Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

·        Campfires are permitted only in steel fire rings or grills.

·        The cutting of live vegetation is strictly prohibited.  Dead and down wood may be collected from shoreline areas, however, it cannot be collected from islands.

·        Possession of firewood that originates more than 50 miles from the Riverway is prohibited.

·        Campfires must be out and cold before you leave the area.

·        Glass containers are prohibited on land and waters within the Riverway.

·        All trash must be carried out of the Riverway at the end of your stay.

·        Possession or use of fireworks is prohibited.



The regulations between St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin - Taylors Falls, Minnesota, and the Soo Line High Bridge continue the implementation of the National Park Service’s Camping Management Plan for the Lower St. Croix River.  The plan was finalized in June 2007 after an extensive public planning effort.  The plan addresses concerns about human waste, shoreline and island erosion, and the effects of minimally regulated camping on Riverway visitors and residents.


The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a unit of the National Park System, was established by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968.  It is one of a group of eight rivers in the country that first received this recognition.  For 252 miles, the St. Croix River and its tributary, the Namekagon, flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.

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