Plan Your Visit
The St. Croix River is one of the last undisturbed, large floodplain rivers in the upper Mississippi River System. The best way to enjoy the Riverway is paddling out on the waters and camping on the banks. We have provided the following resources to assist you in planning your paddling adventure.
River Description: The park provides a description of the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers throughout the course of the National Park. While not providing as much detail as the Recommended Paddles these descriptions detail the basic character of the river experience to help you plan your Riverway Adventure. Paddling Guides are also provided charting the mile markers of notable water features and obstacles throughout the park.
Ranger Recommended Paddles: When making plans to the park it is difficult to know where to start. The park provides Ranger Recommended day trips on both the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers. Each recommendation includes a description of the river's character (and relative difficulty), surrounding ecology and notable wildlife while also providing logistical information to help get you on your way. Contact an outfitter if you need help getting out onto these stretches of river.
Interactive Maps: Plan your visit or learn about the Riverway using Interactive Maps. Interactive Maps include location specifec information, directions, landing and campsite pictures, as well as interpretation of the history and ecology of the riverway. Static maps, directions and other brochures are also available.
Staying on the River: Find out more information about camping in the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, including tips and insights about camping spaces along the river. Don't forget to stop by a park Visitor Center or attend a ranger program to learn more about the ecology and history of the Riverway.
Know the River: Even though you may know where you want to go, the conditions of the riverway are constantly changing. Check River Levels for up to date information on the water conditions.Our ranger blog River Currents also provides reports on recently paddled stretches of the river as well as additional information about natural and cultural resources along the Riverway. Here are some other things to know before you come (including seasonal road construction).
Other Activities: The Riverway is a natural marvel that can be enjoyed in many ways beyond camping and paddling. Find information about fishing, hiking, tubing, snowmobiling, hunting amongst many other things to do along the St. Croix.
We also provide information about obtaining special use permits.
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.