Caution - High River Levels and Changing Conditions
Areas of the Namekagon and St. Croix Rivers are experiencing late season high water levels due to recent rainfall. River users should prepare for swifter than normal currents, cool water temperatures, and floating or submerged debris in the rivers. More »
The Lower St. Croix
Below Highway 70, the St. Croix becomes much broader than its upper stretches, making for a much more forgiving paddle for newcomers. Along the way there are many islands, back channels and sloughs to explore when the water is high. With such a large viewshed, the abundant wildlife can be seen on land or in the sky. As the river gets closer to its mouth at the Mississippi, the banks rise into bluffs and there are gradually more signs of development. This lowest section of river is just a quick hour drive from the Twin Cities and can make for a wonderful day trip with relatively little planning.
See Pictures of the Lower St. Croix River.
Ranger Recommended Paddles on the Lower St. Croix:
Interactive Maps of the Lower St. Croix:
Paddling Guides - detailing water features by rivermile:
Did You Know?
Winged maple leaf mussels were thought to be extinct until some were rediscovered in the St. Croix River in 1987. Today scientists are helping to raise young mussels and re-introducing them into their former range including St. Croix National Scenic Riverway to help prevent future extinction.