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2011 Camping Permits
Contact: Dale Cox, 715-483-2272
2011 Camping Permits Now Available for
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. 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 (river mile 29.5). Camping in this area is limited to designated campsites accessible only by watercraft.
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. daily. Beginning Saturday, April 16, the visitor center will be open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
The application for a permit is also available online at www.nps.gov/sacn 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
The regulations between St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin - Taylors Falls, Minnesota, and the Soo Line High Bridge were implemented as part of the National Park Service's Camping Management Plan for the Lower St. Croix River, finalized in June 2007. The plan addresses concerns about human waste, shoreline and island erosion, and the effects of minimally regulated camping on Riverway visitors and residents.
"We appreciate the cooperation of visitors in obtaining the camping permit and complying with the regulations. The goals of the National Park Service are to keep the water clean and to provide people with the opportunity for enjoyable river experiences. We believe the Lower River Camping Management Plan helps us to achieve these goals," stated Riverway Superintendent Christopher Stein.
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.