Laws & Policies
National Park Service areas are created by the United States Congress for the American people, so that all may experience our cultural and natural heritage. With that comes an obligation on park management to provide for safe recreational and educational opportunities while protecting the resources they are based on. For that reason rules and regulations have been established to protect St. Croix National Scenic Riverway's resources and you the visitor.
General National Park Service regulations (36CFR Parts 1-7) can be found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionCfr.action?collectionCode=CFR.
Specific St. Croix National Scenic Riverway regulations are found in the "Compendium " which are set by park staff to protect the Riverway and park visitors. This is updated annually and comments can be sent to the park at any time. The 2012 Compendium has now replaced the 2010 Compendium.
Firearms: As of February 22, 2010 a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws to legally possess firearms in this park.
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local and federal firearms laws before entering this park. The St. Croix NSR is located in two states, each with different firearms laws.
Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.
For specific National Park Service regulations you may read Section 2.4 of Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations, or call or e-mail this park, for more...
Wild & Scenic Rivers Act is the legislation under which the Riverway was created by Congress in 1968 along with seven other rivers. The Act has since been amended and additional rivers,including the St. Croix River below St. Croix Falls have been added. This legislation is the base for all Park Management. To see the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act.
If you have questions regarding any of these regulations please contact the park at 715-483-2274 or e-mail.
Did You Know?
Mussels rely on fish to carry their young around until they are old enough to drop to the river bottom. To attract the fish and attach their young, mussels put on displays that make fish think they are fish or other food. The mussel shell, which is all we normally see, is now barely visible.