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Arcola Pontoon Programs

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Date: October 11, 2011
Contact: Bob Downs, (715) 491-6839

National Park Service Offers Pontoon Programs at Arcola Mills

Join a National Park Ranger on a pontoon boat for a one hour program about the St. Croix River. Enjoy the fall scenery and learn about the history of logging on the river.

Programs are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, and at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday,  October 16.

The programs are free of charge. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call the St. Croix River Visitor Center at (715) 483-2274 to make a reservation. Callers can reserve up to four seats on the pontoon. Children attending the program must be ten years or older. Life jackets will be provided and must be worn at all times.

From September 30 through October 30, 2011, Arcola Mills will be open to the public daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., as a visitor information center for the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. It will be staffed by National Park Rangers and volunteers in an experiment that hopes to draw people to this spectacular setting on the St. Croix River.

Located six miles north of Stillwater, Minnesota, Arcola Mills was the site of a small and prosperous village founded at the start of the lumbering era in the 1840s. Today, the site features the Mower House, a restored Greek Revival mansion built in 1847, and one of the largest undeveloped parcels of land on the shoreline of the nationally designated wild and scenic St. Croix River.

Arcola Mills is located at 12905 Arcola Trail North in Stillwater. For additional information, visit http://arcolamills.org

Did You Know?

Blackand white old photo of three men standing on logs loaded on a wagon with horses attached

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.