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    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

Opening Osceola Loop Road

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Date: January 17, 2012
Contact: Julie Galonska, 715-483-2270

 Osceola Landing Loop Road Now Open

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wisconsin: Effective immediately, the National Park Service (NPS) will open the loop road at Osceola Landing, part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The road, normally closed during the winter months, is being opened to provide vehicular access to the entire landing area. It may close temporarily in snowy conditions.

The NPS is opening the loop road on a trial basis. A decision on vehicular access to the entire landing during future winters will be made after impacts to the landing are evaluated in the spring.

"We hope that the public will serve as strong stewards of the St. Croix River at Osceola Landing, paying particular attention to picking up trash and cleaning up after pets," remarked Superintendent Chris Stein.

The public is encouraged to use the landing area for appropriate activities.Traditional winter activities, including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing, are allowed. When ice conditions are favorable, snowmobile use on the St. Croix River south of the Highway 243 bridge is permitted.

Littering is not allowed and all trash should be carried out.Glass containers are not permitted at the landing.Pets must have a collar with an identification tag, be vaccinated, have valid vaccination tags, and be on a leash no longer than six feet in length.Pet excrement must be gathered up and removed from park property.

Possession or consumption of alcohol is prohibited at Osceola Landing.

Dangerous ice conditions and open water remain on the St. Croix River.Please visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' website for information on ice safety.http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/index.html

Osceola Landing is located on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix River, off of Highway 243, a quarter mile west of Osceola, Wisconsin.

Did You Know?

What looks like a striped fish with several tails is actually the opening of the mussel shell which is hard to see.

Mussels rely on fish to carry their young around until they are old enough to drop to the river bottom. To attract the fish and attach their young, mussels put on displays that make fish think they are fish or other food. The mussel shell, which is all we normally see, is now barely visible.