New Camping Regulations for Lower St Croix River
Contact: Bob Whaley, 715-483-2260
Contact: Dale Cox, 715-483-2272
The National Park Service announces that new camping regulations will be in effect for the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway between St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin - Taylors Falls, Minnesota, and Log House Landing. Campers are now required to obtain an annual camp pass (free of charge). Camping is allowed only in designated campsites with group size and stay limits and the use of portable camp toilets is required.
Beginning on April 1, the camp pass will be available free of charge at the St. Croix River Visitor Center. The visitor center is located at 401 North Hamilton Street in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, and can be reached at (715) 483-2274. The visitor center is currently open 8:00 to 4:30, Monday through Friday. It will be open seven days a week beginning on April 19.
The complete list of regulations for this portion of the Riverway follows.
· Campers are required to have a camp pass.
· Campers must camp in designated campsites.
· In addition to the existing campground of 7 sites at Eagle’s Nest Campground, 10 primitive and 2 primitive group campsites have been established. Up to 8 people will be allowed at individual campsites. Group sites will accommodate 9 to 16 people. Larger groups will need to split up or make arrangements to camp in one of the state parks.
· There is a 3-night limit of stay. There is a 30-night limit for the season.
· Campsites must be occupied on the first night of stay.
· The camp pass must be attached to the tent so it is clearly visible. The pass must be displayed every time you camp in 2008.
· Alcohol is prohibited at Eagle’s Nest Campground (river mile 48.5) located downriver from Franconia Landing.
· Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
· Campfires are permitted only in steel fire rings or grills.
· The cutting of live vegetation is strictly prohibited. Dead and down wood may be collected from shoreline areas, however, it cannot be collected from islands.
· Possession of firewood that originates more than 50 miles from the Riverway is prohibited.
· Campfires must be out and cold before you leave the area.
· Campers are required to bring in their own portable camp toilets or use on-board facilities on self-contained boats.
· Glass containers are prohibited on land and waters within the Riverway.
· All trash must be carried out of the Riverway at the end of your stay.
The new regulations between St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin - Taylors Falls, Minnesota, and Log House Landing are the first phase of the implementation of the National Park Service’s Camping Management Plan for the Lower St. Croix River. The plan was finalized in June 2007 after an extensive public planning effort. The plan addresses concerns about human waste, shoreline and island erosion, and the effects of minimally regulated camping on Riverway visitors and residents.
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Did You Know?
In the Dakota language The St. Croix River is O-Ki-Zu-Wa-Kpa: To meet or to unite, as the waters of a river gather into a lake or two rivers meet or an area where we planted. Dakota and Ojibwe Indians still live near St. Croix NSR.