Permits & Reservations


No reservations are required for primitive shoreline campsites along the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. An annual permit is required to camp between Highway 8 and the Soo Line High Bridge on the St. Croix River. This Lower River Camping Permit is free. Fill out the required form and send it in or pick up the permit in person at the St. Croix River Visitor Center.

You can reserve the Osceola Picnic Shelters located in the day use area at Osceola Landing. Call the St. Croix River Visitor Center, 715-483-2274, to make the reservation. There is no fee.


The following activities require a special use permit from the National Park Service:

  • commercial filming and photography
  • conducting religious services
  • other First Amendment activities
  • weddings
  • special events or large group gatherings such as adventure races, fishing contests, or similar activities
  • scattering of ashes
Permits must be obtained in advance and fees may be charged. Permit fees are non-refundable and are based on an annual cost recovery analysis. These fees include the cost of permit processing and monitoring of the activities. Additional fees may be charged if resources are damaged or trash is left behind.

Learn about the different types of special park uses to determine if your event or activity requires a permit. You can download application forms in advance. Contact a permit specialist by calling 715-483-2261.

Scientific research is often conducted in national parks by professionals and schools independent of the National Park Service. The St. Croix and Namekagon rivers can provide scientists high quality river environments for study. Apply through the National Park Service Research Permit and Reporting System.

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