May 14, 2009
Contact: Julie Galonska
Get outdoors this Memorial Day weekend to experience the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The following programs will be offered by National Park Service staff during the weekend.
Saturday, May 23, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Admirals of Adaptation
Join National Park Ranger Katie Worrell to learn about beavers, muskrats, and otters along the St. Croix River. Learn about their life history, habitat preferences, and the adaptations that enable them to thrive on the river. Free. Location: Governor Knowles State Forest, St. Croix Campground, approximately 5 miles west of Grantsburg, Wisconsin, off Highway 70 at the St. Croix River. Follow the signs. For information, call (320) 629-2148.
Sunday, May 24, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
It’s a whole other world down there! Find out what a wonderful home the St. Croix River provides for aquatic animals. Join a park ranger to wade in the shallows and try your hand at catching some river residents. If you want to get wet, wear foot protection and shorts. Sunscreen, a towel, and a hat are always a good bet. We’ll provide the nets and buckets. This program will be canceled during thunderstorms. Free. Location: St. Croix National Scenic Riverway’s Riverside Landing, approximately 7 miles north of Danbury, Wisconsin, on Highway 35. For information, call (320) 629-2148.
Sunday, May 24, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Soundscapes of the St. Croix
Slow to the pace of the St. Croix as National Park Ranger Bob Downs shares the tempo of natural sounds that arise next to the river. Our world is filled with sounds, yet we pay little attention to the importance of the soundscapes in our everyday lives. Location: Amphitheater, Wild River State Park. There is no charge for the program, but an annual Minnesota state park vehicle sticker or daily pass is required to enter Wild River State Park. To reach the park, from Taylors Falls, Minnesota, drive north on State Highway 95 to Almelund, Minnesota. Turn right (east) on County Road 12 and drive 3 miles to park entrance. For information, call Dale Cox at (715) 483-2272.
Visitors are also encouraged to stop by the Riverway’s visitor centers. Both visitor centers feature exhibits, showings of the park film, The St. Croix: A Northwoods Journey, and bookstores. They are also great places to plan a paddle along the river, providing visitors with maps and guides of the National Scenic Riverway.
- St. Croix River Visitor Center, 401 North Hamilton Street, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. (715) 483-2274. Open 7 days per week, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Namekagon River Visitor Center, located on Highway 63, a half mile east of Highway 53, in Trego, Wisconsin. (715) 635-8346. Beginning on Saturday, May 23, open 7 days per week, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For additional information on the Riverway, please call (715) 483-2274.