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    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

July Events on the Lower River

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Date: June 25, 2009
Contact: Dale Cox, 715-483-2272

July Events Along the Lower St. Croix RiverSt. Croix Falls/Taylors Falls to Marine on St. Croix

Kayak programs and a twilight paddle are highlights of the July 2009 programs offered by the National Park Service along the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The public is invited to attend the following programs, all located between St. Croix Falls/Taylors Falls and Marine on St. Croix during the month of July.

Sunday, July 5, 11:00 a.m. to noon
A Different Pace: The St. Croix by Kayak
Lake O’ the Dalles, Wisconsin Interstate State Park
Since 1968 the St. Croix River has been protected as a National Scenic Riverway. Discover a different way to experience the river’s pace, sloughs, and backwaters as National Park Ranger Caroline Stedman shares the basics of kayaking, a mode of transportation that has over 4,000 years of history. Hear why the St. Croix is such a special place to explore as you learn about the different types of kayaks, modern gear, and basic paddle strokes. Those interested will have an opportunity to try their hand at paddling a kayak around the lake’s beach area. There is no charge for this program, but an annual Wisconsin state park vehicle sticker or daily pass is required to enter Wisconsin Interstate State Park. For information, contact the St. Croix River Visitor Center at (715) 483-2274.

Tuesday, July 7, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Twilight Paddle: The Full Thunder Moon    St. Croix River, Wisconsin and Minnesota Interstate State Parks to Osceola Landing
The full moon of July is often called the Full Thunder Moon, thunderstorms being now most frequent, or the Full Buck Moon, when the new antlers of buck deer push out from their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. Meet National Park Ranger Dale Cox at the Wisconsin Interstate St. Croix River landing at 5:30 p.m. or the main river landing at Minnesota Interstate State Park at 5:45 p.m., then embark on a 6 ½ mile paddle to observe the river at twilight in summer and learn about the special nature of this protected area. Participants must provide their own canoe/ kayak and other gear, including a personal floatation device which must be worn at all times while on river. Shuttle service is not provided as part of this program: canoe and kayak rentals and shuttle services are available through area outfitters licensed by the National Park Service. This program will be cancelled in event of inclement weather. There is no charge for the program, but an annual Wisconsin or Minnesota state park vehicle sticker or daily pass is required to enter Wisconsin or Minnesota Interstate State Parks. For information about this program or a list of available outfitters, contact the St. Croix River Visitor Center at (715) 483-2274.   

Tuesday, July 7, 8:45 to 9:30 p.m.
Spirit of the St. Croix
Osceola Landing
A river is a reflection of its watershed, the landscape from which it flows, as well as its present and past peoples and cultures. Join National Park Ranger Dale Cox as he shares The St. Croix: A Northwoods Journey, an 18-minute NationalPark Service film that merges moving currents, wildlife, and history with the voices of those who are inspired by the beauty and solitude of the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers.

Extending for over 250 miles, these waters and stories create a special place that many call "my river:" the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. For information contact the St. Croix River Visitor Center at 715-483-2274. Free

Friday July 10, 8:15 to 9:00 p.m.
Going Native
St. Croix River Visitor Center
If you have been by the St. Croix River Visitor Center in St. Croix Falls, you may have wondered about the appearance of the area around it. While it may seem to be a “yard of weeds,” it is in fact a location devoted to native plant species of the area,bringing benefits to land and water resources, wildlife and people. Join National Park Ranger Caroline Stedman to learn more about these benefits and what is currently growing in this landscape and how it can create a healthier river. This program follows St. Croix Falls’ “Music on the Overlook” performance. For information, contact the St. Croix River Visitor Center at (715) 483-2274. Free.

Saturday, July 11, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Reflections from a River
Osceola Landing
Even as you look at a moving river it has changed. Reflected by its currents are both its history and future. As people used the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers in the past, the nature of these waters changed to meet the needs of changing cultures. Join National Park Ranger Christine Loher as she shares the story of these rivers and the fragile balance of this unique environment. For information, contact the St. Croix River Visitor Center at (715) 483-2274. Free.

Saturday, July 18, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Junior Ranger Day
St. Croix Falls Lions Park and Taylors Falls Lions Park
Are you the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway’s next Junior Ranger? As part of Wannigan Days, kids ages 8 to 12 can pick up a Junior Ranger Activity Booklet from a park ranger at one of the Lions Parks and complete 10 activities to receive a certificate and Junior Ranger Badge! Do a dragonfly dance. Learn an Ojibwe story. Break a code. Create your own logging brand! New Junior Rangers can receive their badges that day or join others in a group swearing-in on Sunday, July 19! For information, call (715) 483-2274. Free. 

Sunday, July 19, 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Junior Rangers!
St. Croix Falls Overlook Deck
Kids who pick up Junior Ranger Activity Booklets on July 18 and complete at least 10 activities will each receive a certificate, a Junior Ranger Badge, and be sworn in as a group! See information for Junior Ranger Day on July 18. For information, contact the St. Croix River Visitor Center at (715) 483-2274. Free.

Friday July 24, 8:15 to 9:00 p.m.
Reflections from a River
St. Croix River Visitor Center
Even as you look at a moving river it has changed. Reflected by its currents are both its history and future. As people used the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers in the past, the nature of these waters changed to meet the needs ofchanging cultures. Join National Park Ranger Christine Loher as she shares the story of these rivers, and the fragile balance of this unique environment.This program follows St. Croix Falls’ “Music on the Overlook” performance. Forinformation, contact the St. Croix River Visitor Center at (715) 483-2274. Free.

Saturday, July 25, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
A Different Pace: The St. Croix by Kayak
Lake Alice, William O’Brien State Park
Since 1968 the St. Croix River has been protected as a National Scenic Riverway. Discover a different way to experience the river’s pace, sloughs, and backwaters asNational Park Ranger Caroline Stedman shares the basics of a kayak, a mode of transportation that has over 4,000 years of history. Hear why the St. Croix is such a special place to explore as you learn about the different types of kayaks, modern gear, and basic paddle strokes. Those interested can try their hand at paddling a kayak around the lake’s beach area. There is no charge for the program, but an annual Minnesota state park vehicle sticker or daily pass is required to enter William O’Brien State Park. For information, contact the St. Croix River Visitor Center at (715) 483-2274.

Visitors are also encouraged to stop by the St. Croix River Visitor Center at 401 North Hamilton Street in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. The visitor center features exhibits, showings of the park film, The St. Croix: A Northwoods Journey, and a bookstore. It is also a great place to plan a paddle along the river, providing visitors with maps and guides of the National Scenic Riverway. Through Labor Day, the visitor center is open 7 days per week, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For information, call (715) 483-2274.

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 252 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.

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