• Canoeists paddle by tree lined shores

    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

Plan Your Visit

Two people in a canoe paddle along the shore of a calm river.
Get yourself out on a beautiful river for a back-to-nature experience.
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Do you need a day or more on the river?
We want to help you plan a trip!

Get ready for eagles and smallmouth bass, rapids and riffles, quiet backwaters and big-river experiences. Your encounter with the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers can stretch over 250 miles!

Where to begin? This "Plan Your Visit" section has the basic information you need to find out about things to do, directions so you can get there, safety considerations, and updates about the current conditions.

You can download detailed maps and brochures about the Riverway or view an interactive map. Need equipment or a shuttle? See the listing of goods and services. Find out if there are programs or events by viewing a calendar and get information about nearby attractions. Everything's here for you to get started.

 
Riffled Water in front of a green shore

River Descriptions: From an intimate trout stream to wide-open panoramas, the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers are ever-changing along their courses. We have brochures that describe the basic character of the rivers to help you decide which areas you want to explore. River mile charts help you to figure out distances between landings to help with trip planning.

Namekagon River Descriptions (pdf)
The St. Croix from Gordon Dam to Highway 70 (pdf)
The St. Croix from Highway 70 to Boom Site (pdf)

 

Ranger Recommended Paddles: Need some advice? The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is a big place so park rangers have put together some Ranger Recommended day trips. Each recommendation includes a description of the river's character (and relative paddling difficulty), surrounding ecology and notable wildlife to watch for. Logistical information will help get you on your way. Contact an outfitter if you need equipment or shuttle service.

 

Interactive Maps: Plan your visit using Interactive Maps that will show you photographs of campsite and landings plus location specific directions. Pullouts include tidbits of history and river ecology. Get a birds-eye view of the national park!

 

Stay on the River: There is nothing like waking up to a morning on the river. Primitive shoreline campsites are scattered along the rivers so you can paddle from site to site. Stay for one night and move on or enjoy the spot for a couple of nights. There are picnic tables, fire rings, and outdoor toilets at most sites, but you will need to bring your own toilet on some stretches. Find out camping details and other overnight opportunities in state parks before you come.

 
Ranger in Hat

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. Stop by a visitor center for trip planning assistance. Basic information will get you started.

 

Other Activities: The Riverway is a natural marvel that can be enjoyed in many ways beyond camping and paddling. There are so many things to do on the Riverway including: fishing, hiking, tubing, snowmobiling, and hunting. The Junior Ranger program can help the kids learn about the rivers along the way. Find the activity that fits you best!

 

There are some activities that require special use permits. For example, you will need a free permit to camp on the lower St. Croix River between Highway 8 and the High Bridge.

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