Caution - High River Levels and Changing Conditions
Areas of the Namekagon and St. Croix Rivers are experiencing late season high water levels due to recent rainfall. River users should prepare for swifter than normal currents, cool water temperatures, and floating or submerged debris in the rivers. More »
Namekagon Visitor Center Hours
Contact: Branda Thwaits, 715-635-8346, ext 25
Effective Saturday, May 2, 2009, the Namekagon River Visitor Center of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekends only. The visitor center will open seven days a week, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., beginning on Saturday, May 23.
The Namekagon River Visitor Center is located on Highway 63, a half mile east of Highway 53, in Trego, Wisconsin. It features exhibits on the river’s natural environment, the 18-minute 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.
The Namekagon River is part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a unit of the National Park System that 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 and Namekagon rivers flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.
Did You Know?
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.