The St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers are known for their quiet water canoeing. To help you plan a canoe trip; river descriptions and recommended paddles are provided for both the St. Croix and Namekagon. There are also paddling guides for the Namekagon River, the Upper and Lower St. Croix which document the water features by rivermile.
Paddling on the Namekagon and St. Croix is relatively low difficulty. In normal conditions, both rivers are at most Class I (moving water with a few riffles and small waves and few or no obstructions), but this can change in times of heavy rainfall.
The average speed for the St. Croix is one mile per hour. The average speed for the Namekagon is two miles per hour. Specific stretches of the river can be slower or faster. Flowages have little if any current. Experienced canoeists can travel faster by reading the river and using paddling skills, while new canoeists are not as efficient. The wider portions of the river are most effected by wind. A strong upstream wind can mean waves and slower progression.
Outfitters & Shuttles: If you don't have your own canoe or need a shuttle, commercial outfitters can supply them. A list is available, choose an outfitter close to where you plan to canoe.
If you would like to read some personal accounts of canoe trips read on...
Canoe Safety Tips
A brochure is available on canoe safety.
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