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New Camping Regulations Highway 8 to Log House Landing
Why are new camping regulations being implemented?
The National Park Service (NPS) is charged with protecting the resources of the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway while providing opportunities for visitors to enjoy the park. Minimally regulated camping along the lower St. Croix River (from St. Croix Falls, WI – Taylors Falls, MN to Stillwater, MN) has raised concerns about human waste, shoreline and island erosion, and its effects on Riverway visitors and residents.
The NPS hopes that by providing designated campsites with occupancy and stay limits, requiring portable camp toilets, and issuing camp passes the following results will be achieved.
What are the regulations?
The following regulations are in effect on the St. Croix River between U.S. Highway 8 at St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin - Taylors Falls, Minnesota (river mile 52.5) and Log House Landing (river mile 39.0) near Copas:
Why aren’t the regulations in effect south of Log House Landing?
Recreational use south of the High Bridge is quite different than that to the north. In addition to camping, there is more day use of the islands and shorelines and there are larger, faster boats. In response to public comments, the NPS will conduct additional planning and public involvement to address issues regarding use on this stretch of river. In addition to camping, the process for the 5-mile stretch from the High Bridge south to Stillwater will address day use, boat speeds, and island and shoreline restoration.
How do I get a camp pass?
A park ranger will review the new regulations with you. Your signature confirms that you understand and will comply with the new regulations.
The camp pass application must be completed in person at the visitor center. Phone and email requests cannot be accommodated. Additional opportunities for getting the pass outside of business hours or at different locations will be announced here and in local news outlets.
What is the cost for a camp pass?
Does every person in my group need a camp pass?
Where do I display the pass at my campsite?
If I lose my pass, how do I get a replacement?
Will a portable camp toilet fit in my canoe or kayak? How much does it cost and where can I purchase one?
Where are the campsites located and how do I find them when I am on the river?
Brown signs with a white campsite symbol and the campsite’s river mile indicate the locations of the new campsites on the river. Metal fire rings are provided. Dead and down wood may be collected for campfires except from islands. Possession of firewood that originates more than 50 miles from the Riverway is prohibited.
Do I need a reservation to camp?
I have a group of more than 16 people. Where can I camp?
Do I need a camp pass if I want to camp on the St. Croix north of St. Croix Falls – Taylors Falls or on the Namekagon?
A one page summary of the new rules. (PDF 192 KB)
If you have questions please call 715-483-2274 or e-mail.
Did You Know?
Before the invention of refrigerators, people harvested ice from rivers and lakes in the winter and stored the ice, covered in sawdust, in buildings. An ice house, storing ice from the river, once stood near the site of the park headquarters for St. Croix NSR, in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.