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Fishing Pier Moved to St Croix Falls

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Date: April 18, 2008
Contact: Woody Wimberley, 715-483-2250

Fishing Pier To Be Relocated To St. Croix Falls

The National Park Service (NPS) will be moving the floating fishing pier on the St. Croix River from Osceola Landing to St. Croix Falls during the week of April 21, 2008.  Maintenance staff will disassemble the 20’ x 40’ pier and move it by truck.

In St. Croix Falls, the pier’s size will be reduced to 20’x 20’ and it will be positioned just outside of the St. Croix River Visitor Center, located at 401 North Hamilton Street. Parking for the pier will be available in the visitor center lot.

Over the past several years, chronic low water levels below the St. Croix Falls dam have required NPS staff to continually move the heavy wooden structure to maintain its use as a fishing platform. To solve this problem, the park will move the pier to a location where stable water levels provide a more sustainable activity.  In its new location above the dam and adjacent to the visitor center, the pier will again be made available to a wide range of park visitors seeking angling activities and access to the river.

NPS staff is currently working on options for replacing the pier at Osceola Landing that could offer accessible fishing access on a sustainable basis. The NPS is interested in considering constructive thoughts and ideas from interested persons and those can be sent to Riverway Facility Manager Woody Wimberley at 401 North Hamilton Street, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024.

At St. Croix Falls, anglers may fish with a license from either Minnesota or Wisconsin. The “Angler’s Guide 2008” for the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is available at  http://www.nps.gov/sacn/planyourvisit/upload/anglerguide%202008.pdf. For acomplete listing of fishing regulations for Wisconsin or Minnesota, visit the Department of Natural Resources website for either state: Minnesota:www.dnr.state.mn.us Wisconsin: www.dnr.state.wi.us

Did You Know?

Black and White photo of the St. Croix river clogged with logs

Between 1850 and 1889 log jams occurred at angle rock on the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin, where the river bends within a rocky gorge. In 1886 over 150 million board feet of logs jammed creating a tourist attraction. Today St. Croix NSR attracts tourists for its scenic beauty.