Open Houses at Marshland and Namekagon
Contact: Julie Galonska, 715-483-2270
Riverway Hosts Open Houses
The National Park Service announces that open houses will be held on Tuesday, April 29 at the Namekagon River Visitor Center in Trego, Wisconsin, and on Wednesday, April 30 at the Marshland Center in Pine City, Minnesota. The open houses are free and open to the public and will provide an update on what is planned for the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway’s 2008 season.
Each open house will begin at 6:30 p.m. with brief presentations to be followed at 7:30 p.m. with a showing of the new park film, The St. Croix: A Northwoods Journey. An opportunity for meeting with and asking questions of park staff will follow and continue until 8:30. Light refreshments will be served.
The brief presentations by park staff will highlight new happenings and new faces. Topics will include: new camping regulations on the lower St. Croix River (between Highway 8 and Log House Landing), activities celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act and the creation of the Riverway, and the park’s Junior Ranger program. The new chief ranger, Bob Whaley, and the new chief of interpretation, education and cultural resource management, Julie Galonska, will be present.
Park staff will also be available after the formal presentations to issue the 2008 camp passes that will be required for those camping on federal land between Highway 8 and Log House Landing.
The Namekagon River Visitor Center is located on Highway 63, a half mile east of Highway 53, in Trego, Wisconsin, and can be reached at (715) 635-8346. The visitor center will be open on weekends only beginning on May 3, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will be open 7 days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The Marshland Center is located at on the Minnesota side of Highway 70 at the St. Croix River, and can be reached at (320) 629-2148. It is normally only open by appointment.
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.