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    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

Ranger Guided Paddle

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Date: April 23, 2014
Contact: Julie Galonska, 715-483-2270

"Birds of a Feather" Ranger-Guided Paddle on May 3

Registration now open for all 2014 river programs

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wisconsin: Join the National Park Service, in partnership with the St. Croix River Association, for a unique opportunity to explore the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers with a park ranger this summer.

The St. Croix and Namekagon compose the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a national park and one of America's first wild and scenic rivers. This year's ranger guided river programs will help you discover the significance of a place protected as part of the National Park System while exploring the river in a kayak.

The first program is scheduled for May 3.

Birds of a Feather
Saturday, May 37:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Minnesota Interstate Park to Osceola Landing

Celebrate the spring migration with a paddle on the St. Croix River!Join us for a guided kayak program to learn about the return of these summer residents and how the Riverway provides them with such a special habitat. 6 miles, 4 hours. Registration deadline is April 30.

Programs continue through August.For a full schedule, visit www.scrapaddle.org

For all programs, 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. The cost is $35 per person and space is limited to 8 participants.

For more information and to register, visit www.scrapaddle.org or call (715) 483-3300.

About the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway

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 255 miles, the St. Croix and its tributary, the Namekagon, flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.

Learn more at www.nps.gov/sacn.

About the St. Croix River Association

The St. Croix River Association is a nonprofit organization that protects, restores and celebrates the St. Croix River and its watershed.It partners with the National Park Service as the Riverway's Friends Group and others so that the St. Croix is a place where

·Waters run free and clean
·Habitat remains plentiful to sustain our unique and diverse flora and fauna
·People have access to our National Park and the park flourishes
·Towns throughout the basin thrive and people celebrate the river

Learn more at:www.stcroixriverassociation.org

Did You Know?

winged dragonfly with a clubbed tail and yellow and black markings

A new species of dragonfly, the St. Croix Snaketail, was discovered within St. Croix NSR in 1989. It has only been found to reproduce in one other river in Wisconsin. It prefers large streams with fast flow and clean water, abundant cobble and gravel with sand bottoms in forested watersheds. More...