Water Levels Above Average From Stillwater, Minnesota To The Mississippi River
Water levels on the St. Croix from near Stillwater, Minnesota down to its confluence with the Mississippi River are above average for this time of year. Water levels elsewhere on the St. Croix and Namekagon are near normal summer conditions.
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?
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.