NPS Clarifies Rules on the St Croix
Contact: Bob Whaley, 715-483-2260
There are new camping regulations on the section of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway from Highway 8 to Log House Landing. If you haven’t heard about them yet, check out the National Park Service (NPS) website at http://www.nps.gov/sacn/planyourvisit/new-camping-regulations.htm.
Something that has not changed is the regulations on the stretch of the St. Croix River between the Soo Line High Bridge and Boomsite Landing. This is a very popular stretch of river for houseboats, cabin cruisers, pontoons, runabouts, and fishing boats. Here are the regulations that apply to use on this section of river.
1. Trash and Human Waste
· Carry out your trash.
· Glass containers are prohibited.
· Vault toilets are available on Mile Long Island. Using onboard toilets or portable toilets is encouraged. If no toilet is available, human body waste must be buried at least 6 inches deep, 100 feet or more from the water.
· Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
· Fireworks are prohibited.
· Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet and under control.
· Open camping on islands only. Areas suitable for camping are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
· Camping stay limit is seven (7) consecutive nights and 30 nights for the season.
· Slow no wake within 100 feet of all shorelines, including islands.
· Slow no wake within 100 feet of all swimmers.
· Slow no wake at High Bridge Bend (River Mile 28.6) and West Channel Narrows (River Mile 27 near MN shore). Buoys will be in place to mark these locations when the spring high water recedes.
· Slow no wake whenever the Stillwater gauge reaches 683.
· Water skiing is prohibited after 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays.
· No upstream travel past the Soo Line High Bridge
· Approved life jackets for each person are required on your vessel.
· Children under 13 are required to wear a life jacket.
· Firewood may not be gathered from any island.
· Firewood that originates from more than 50 miles away is prohibited.
· No cutting of live trees or dead standing trees.
Please enjoy this stretch of river responsibly. If you have any questions about the regulations on this stretch of river, please call the Riverway at 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.
Did You Know?
Winged maple leaf mussels were thought to be extinct until some were rediscovered in the St. Croix River in 1987. Today scientists are helping to raise young mussels and re-introducing them into their former range including St. Croix National Scenic Riverway to help prevent future extinction.