The rivers are running high and fast and the water is cold. Be prepared and cautious if venturing out on the rivers! Watch for debris and low clearance under bridges.
Beginning in 2013, water will no longer be available at McDowell Bridge Landing, Riverside Landing, and the Marshland District Office on Highway 70. Please plan accordingly and bring an adequate supply of water.
The woods and waters that make up the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway play host to a rich variety of wildlife. Native peoples have hunted this area for centuries, and modern-day hunters continue this tradition. The enabling legislation that designated the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers as part of the Wild & Scenic Rivers System provided for the continued, traditional practice of hunting within the Riverway.
Hunting opportunities are diverse and abundant along the Riverway. Many waterfowlers enjoy luring ducks and geese toward decoy spreads at the various cattail and wild rice flowages of the Namekagon or backwaters of the St. Croix River, while others choose to drift the river for jump shooting opportunities. Deer and bear are pursued throughout the Riverway with archery equipment, black powder rifles, and modern firearms. Upland bird hunters find plenty of action in grouse and woodcock coverts. Most recently, wild turkey populations have soared throughout much of the Riverway, prompting both spring and fall hunts in certain zones.
No matter what the quarry or season, all hunting must be in accordance with state regulations. Contact the Minnesota or Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for details on seasons, bag limits, licensing requirements, and general hunting regulations.
Hunters are encouraged to visit their closest Riverway Visitor Center or Ranger Station to clarify questions of park boundary locations or other issues. Private property exists within the Riverway and can only be hunted with permission of the landowner. National Park Service (NPS) Rangers patrol Riverway land during hunting season, as do state conservation officers, to detect violations and enforce regulations.
In some instances, National Park Service regulations may be more stringent than state laws. Regardless of whether you hunt in Wisconsin or Minnesota, the following activities are prohibited on NPS lands.
Areas where hunting is restricted: Some federal land has been restricted or closed to hunting for safety reasons. Exact locations can be found under laws and policies. In general these areas are: Fairy Falls in Washington County is closed to all but archery deer season, Arcola Bluffs Day Use Area is open to archery and firearms deer hunting only and some areas along Highway 95 in Stillwater and, adjacent to Camp Sunrise in Chisago County, adjacent to Wild River State Park, and adjacent to Wild Mountain Recreation Area are closed to hunting. Federal land areas with hunting restrictions are posted.
Hunters are reminded to put safety first, and to respect the rights of private landowners as well as the rights of non-hunters using public lands.
National Park Service lands within the Riverway are closed to wolf hunting during the 2012-2013 season. Trapping for any animal, as always, is prohibited. Over the coming months, the NPS will work with the States of Minnesota and Wisconsin to evaluate the legal requirements and impact of wolf hunting on the park. If you have questions about which lands along the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers are affected by this temporary closure, please call (715) 483-2274.
The following is a summary of some of the upcoming hunting seasons for Minnesota and Wisconsin near the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Refer to the Minnesota and Wisconsin hunting regulations booklet for specific zone descriptions, permits, bag limits, and regulations.
Crow (2nd Season) : 7/15 - 10/15
Virginia Rail &Common Snipe: 9/1 - 11/5
Bear: 9/1 - 10/14
Mourning Dove: 9/1 - 11/9
Early Canada Goose: 9/1 - 9/21
Small game - Rabbits, Squirrels, Fox: 9/15 - 2/28/13
Ruffed Grouse/ Gray Partridge: 9/15 - 1/1/13
Sharp-tailed Grouse: 9/15 - 11/ 30
Woodcock: Statewide 9/22- 11/5
Pheasant: Statewide 10/13 - 1/1/13
Badger, Opossum and Raccoon: 10/20 - 3/15/13
Fox - Gray and Red Fox: 10/20 - 3/15/13
Prairie Chicken: 10/20 - 10/24
Fall Turkey: 10/1- 10/30
Refer to the MN waterfowl hunting booklet.
* For further hunting information and regulations consult the MN Hunting Regulations or the MN DNR website: www.dnr.state.mn.us.
Mourning Dove: 9/1 - 11/9
Early Canada Goose: 9/1 - 9/15
Waterfowl Opener: 9/24 Northern Zone (9am)
Ruffed Grouse: Zone A: 9/15 - 1/31/13
Wild Turkey: Fall season 9/15 - 11/15
Crow: Statewide 9/15 - 11/15
Cottontail Rabbit: Northern Zone: 9/15 - 2/28/13
Squirrels: Statewide 9/15 - 1/31/13
Woodcock: Statewide 9/22 - 11/5
Wolf: National Park Service lands within the Riverway are closed to wolf hunting during the 2012-2013 season. Trapping for any animal, as always, is prohibited. Over the coming months, the NPS will work with the States of Minnesota and Wisconsin to evaluate the legal requirements and impact of wolf hunting on the park. If you have questions about which lands along the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers are affected by this temporary closure, please call (715) 483-2274.
Bobwhite Quail: Statewide 10/20 (noon) - 12/12
Sharp-tailed Grouse: 10/20 - 11/11
Pheasant: Statewide 10/20 (noon) - 12/31
Raccoon, Fox & Coyote: Resident Hunt/Trap: 10/20 - 2/15/13
Hungarian Partridge: 10/20 (noon) - 12/31
Beaver, Muskrat, Mink, Otter, Fisher, & Bobcat: See Trapping Booklet
* For further hunting information and regulations consult the WI Hunting Regulations or the WI DNR website: www.dnr.state.wi.us.
the St. Croix NSR in accordance with state and federal regulations.
The following acts are prohibited on National Park Service property: Shooting across designated trails, OHV & ATV use, hunting from a permanent tree stand, Target Practice.
Did You Know?
Water boatmen have no gills but rather trap air with the hairs on their legs and the air bubble encircles their bodies, making them appear shiny. Their front legs are short, their middle legs are long and slender and their back legs are shaped like paddles fringed with hair.