• Canoeists paddle by tree lined shores

    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

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  • High Water Levels On The St. Croix And Namekagon Rivers

    The St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers are running high, fast and cold due to snowmelt and recent rain. Ice flows and other floating debris may be present making conditions additionally hazardous. Osceola Landing has been closed. Other landings may be flooded More »

Nature & Science

painted turtle with its yellow striped neck stretched out rests on a log admidst green water.
A sunny spot to bask

Nature is everywhere here on the St. Croix Riverway. Look over there, was that an eagle? Swoosh, what was that, a dragonfly? What is that black form at the river's edge, a bear? Research is conducted in all seasons here and the information collected becomes a tool to help manage the area. Be on the lookout as you explore this diverse habitat that is the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

Discover more about the environmental factors affecting the park and the animals that reside along the Riverway. We also provide an opportunity to hear some of the sounds of the Riverway. Learn more about blue-green algae which can affect the river in late summer.

Some of the research that occurs at the Riverway is done in cooperation with the Great Lakes Inventory and Monitoring Network. Learn more...

While you are out on the river take time to look at the night sky. Does it look different from where you live? Learn more

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.