The St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers are known for their quiet water canoeing. To help you plan a canoe trip; descriptions of different river stretches are provided for both the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers. Average speed while paddling is 3 miles per hour, so a slow leisurely day trip would average 15 miles per day.
The Namekagon varies from an intimate shallow cold-water trout stream, closed in by a predominately coniferous forest, to a slow moving stream flowing through marsh and swamp land. A narrow, twisting river throughout most of its 98 mile length, it is best navigated by canoe. The Namekagon Paddling Guide provides information about what to expect on stretches of the Namekagon River and distances.
The St. Croix River changes from narrow to broad and shallow to deep, providing many recreational experiences on its over 150 mile length. Canoes dominate the upstream section, canoes and small fishing boats use the middle, and motorized boats dominate the downstream section. Backwater areas and sloughs can help canoeists avoid boats.
To assist you in planning, descriptions and distances for the St. Croix River have been divided into two paddling guides. The Upper St. Croix Paddling Guide covers the St. Croix River from Gordon Dam to Highway 70. The Lower St. Croix Paddling Guide covers the St. Croix between Highway 70 and Stillwater, Minnesota. Canoesists do not commonly make use of the River below Stillwater.
If you would like to read some personal accounts of canoe trips read on...
PROTECT THE RIVER
A brochure is available on canoe safety.
Did You Know?
St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is home to 40 species of native mussels. Throughout the United States their populations are considered highly threatened. The Higgins Eye Pearly mussel is on the endangered species list.