St. Croix and Namekagon River levels higher than normal for mid-September
Water levels are higher than normal for this time of year due to recent rainfall. Along with below average water temperatures, river users should be alert to the possibility of faster than normal currents. More »
Downed Trees on Private Property
In response to the recent storm damage to trees on private land within the Riverway, the following guidelines have been established for landowners with National Park Sevice Easements on their land within the Riverway.
GUIDELINES FOR REMOVING STORM-DAMAGED TIMBER FROM SCENIC EASEMENT PROPERTY WITHIN THE ST. CROIX NATIONAL SCENIC RIVERWAY
II. All other storm-damaged or downed timber within the 100-foot wide Riparian Management Zone portion of the Scenic Easement property shall be left in place as is (see the Wisconsin DNR's Best Management Practices manual in reference to Riparian Management Zones).
III. It is the responsibility of the Landowner whose property is encumbered with a National Park Service scenic easement to contact the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway's Lands Specialist Laura Hojem (715-483-2261) with any site-specific questions in regard to these Guidelines, prior to commencement of site clean-up activity; a site visit by a National Park Service Official is necessary, to make a determination and give approval.
IV. It is the responsibility of the Landowner to secure any and all necessary permits from local and state units of government prior to beginning any salvage operation once approval from NPS has been granted.
Additional Information and guidelines can be found at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website:
Did You Know?
In 1872 3,500 men, 1,600 horses and 250 oxen logged off 35,000 acres cutting some 200 million board feet of logs. "Taylors Falls Reporter". In 1883 the Boom in Stillwater, Minnesota, which collected logs coming down the St. Croix River, reported 1,397,417 logs for 217,045,647 board feet.