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    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

National Park Paddle

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Date: May 24, 2012
Contact: Dale Cox, 715-483-2272

National Park Paddle on June 10

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wisconsin: Join a National Park Ranger for coffee and conversation! Learn the conservation history of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and enjoy the early morning quiet as you paddle its placid waters. This paddle will take place on the St. Croix River from Osceola Landing to William O'Brien State Park on Sunday, June 10, from 7:15 a.m. to noon.

Kayaks and related equipment, including a personal flotation device, will be provided. A 30-minute paddling instruction and safety session will occur prior to departure and must be attended by all participants. Participants should have previous paddling experience and must be 18 years of age or older. Paddling time for the 9-mile trip is approximately 4 hours. Shuttle is included. A daily or annual vehicle permit is required for parking at William O'Brien State Park.

This program is co-sponsored by the St. Croix River Association. The cost is $25.00 per person. Space is limited to 8 participants. To register, contact the River Association at (715) 483-3300 or www.stcroixriverassociation.org.Registration deadline is June 3.

This is the second paddle in the 2012 Watershed Moments Paddle Series which will explore the unique nature, history, and stories of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway by kayak.

Did You Know?

two men with a circular ice saw.  In the background blocks of ice are moving up a ramp into an ice house

Before the invention of refrigerators, people harvested ice from rivers and lakes in the winter and stored the ice, covered in sawdust, in buildings. An ice house, storing ice from the river, once stood near the site of the park headquarters for St. Croix NSR, in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.