Ban on Campfires and Charcoal Fires
Contact: Bob Whaley, 715-483-2260
Ban on Campfires and Charcoal Fires Along
St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
Effective immediately, campfires and charcoal fires are prohibited on certain federal lands within the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. This ban is due to the very high fire danger.
Gas stoves are still permitted.
The ban affects Riverway land in the following counties which are currently at Very High Fire Danger Levels: Pine County in Minnesota, and Polk, Burnett, Washburn, and Sawyer counties in Wisconsin.
The ban on campfires and charcoal fires will be lifted when fire danger levels meet High or Moderate Fire Danger Levels. Updates can be found at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions.html in Minnesota and at http://dnr.wi.gov/forestry/Fire/Fire_Danger/Wis_Burn/StateCounties.asp in Wisconsin.
The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a unit of the National Park System, was established by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968; it is one of a group of eight rivers in the country which first received this recognition. For 255 miles, the St. Croix River and its tributary, the Namekagon, flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.
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.