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Contact: Dale Cox, 715-483-2272
A Day of Family Adventure on the St. Croix
ST. CROIX FALLS, Wisconsin: Spend a day paddling the St. Croix River and celebrate its history during the 3rd Annual St. Croix Sojourn, a day of on-river activities and presentations scheduled for Saturday, July 12.
The self-guided, 6-mile route on the scenic St. Croix River passes through calm water and is perfect for first-time paddlers, families with children, youth groups, or anyone looking for a great day on the water! This year the Sojourn is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the closing of the St. Croix Boom, which sorted millions of logs for sawmills in Stillwater during the logging era. State park naturalists, park rangers, and volunteers will be sharing stories of lumber jacks, river rats, and the river that served as a highway for decades. Pick up a log "cookie" passport at your first stop and collect a logging stamp at each stop along the way!
Sojourn participants can start their trip between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at either Wisconsin Interstate State Park (St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin) or Minnesota Interstate State Park (Taylors Falls, Minnesota). Access to the state parks requires a valid annual or daily vehicle pass.
All stations are free and open to the public. Presentations and educational stops include:
River Drives and Log Jams
"Steamboats A Comin!"
"Daylight In The Swamp!"
Activities at Osceola Landing, 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
·From Log To Lumber: Try sawing logs with a two-person hand saw and see othertools used to cut white pines in the 1800s.
·St. Croix Junior Rangers: Kids can learn about the history of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and become a National Park Junior Ranger at the same time!
·The Riverway Today: The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway encompasses 255 river miles and includes the Namekagon and St. Croix.Get tips on exploring, paddling, fishing, and camping these pristine rivers.
·Scavenger Hunts: Explore the river area today through the lens of a camera while you try to find all the items on our photo scavenger hunt list. Digital cameras provided for your use!
·Water Homes and Habitat: See some of the incredible critters that call the St. Croix home and learn why they tell us this is a great place.
Canoes, kayaks, and other equipment are not provided. For more information on this event or a listing of canoe and kayak outfitters and shuttle services, visit the National Park Service website at http://www.nps.gov/sacn. Additional information can be requested via email at email@example.com; or by calling 715-483-2274.
The St. Croix Sojourn is hosted by the National Park Service, Minnesota State Parks, Wisconsin State Parks, and the St. Croix River Association.
Did You Know?
In 1872 3,500 men, 1,600 horses and 250 oxen logged off 35,000 acres cutting some 200 million board feet of logs. "Taylors Falls Reporter". In 1883 the Boom in Stillwater, Minnesota, which collected logs coming down the St. Croix River, reported 1,397,417 logs for 217,045,647 board feet.