• Canoeists paddle by tree lined shores

    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

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    The St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers are running high, fast and cold due to snowmelt and recent rain. Ice flows and other floating debris may be present making conditions additionally hazardous. Osceola Landing has been closed. Other landings may be flooded More »

Go for a Hike

The National Park Service maintains seven hiking trails along the Riverway. A variety of trails exist in nearby state parks and forests. The western terminus of the Ice Age trail www.nps.gov/iatr is within Wisconsin Interstate Park. Many of the trails can be used in all seasons for hiking, snow shoeing or X-country skiing. As you hike the trails look all around to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. A hiking brochure can be printed that contains maps and information on specific trails. Hiking pdf In addition there is also a hiking guide for Sandrock Cliffs north of Highway 70.

Safety:
· Poison ivy may be growing along the trail. Learn how to identify the plant by its three saw-toothed leaves.
· Ticks are found in the grasses and brush. Check yourself after your hike for any hitchhikers. The Deer ticks found here may carry Lyme Disease.
· Biting insects vary by season but may be plentiful, consider wearing repellant.
· Trail surfaces are uneven and may be steep. Watch your step.
· Hunting is allowed along some of the trails, look for postings.

Regulations:
· Bicycles, ATVs and motorized vehicles are not allowed on park trails.
· Berry and mushroom picking for personal use is allowed.
· Flowers and other plants are protected.
· Cultural/historic items are not to be disturbed.

Did You Know?

What looks like a striped fish with several tails is actually the opening of the mussel shell which is hard to see.

Mussels rely on fish to carry their young around until they are old enough to drop to the river bottom. To attract the fish and attach their young, mussels put on displays that make fish think they are fish or other food. The mussel shell, which is all we normally see, is now barely visible.