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    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

Riverway Hosts Open House at Park Headquarters

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Date: March 31, 2008
Contact: Julie Galonska, 715-483-2270

The National Park Service announces that an open house will be held on Thursday, April 10 at the St. Croix River Visitor Center in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. The open house is 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.

The 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.

Additional open houses will be held April 29 at the Namekagon River Visitor Center in Trego, Wisconsin, and April 30 at the Marshland Center in Pine City, Minnesota. Contact the park for details.

The St. Croix River 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.

Did You Know?

two men with a circular ice saw.  In the background blocks of ice are moving up a ramp into an ice house

Before the invention of refrigerators, people harvested ice from rivers and lakes in the winter and stored the ice, covered in sawdust, in buildings. An ice house, storing ice from the river, once stood near the site of the park headquarters for St. Croix NSR, in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.