• Canoeists paddle by tree lined shores

    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

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  • 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 »

Ranger Recommended Paddles

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway has prepared recommended day trips (that could be incorporated into overnight paddles) to help visitors decide where to go. These recommendations provide basic logistical information about each trip, but also additional information about the difficulty of the river as well as ecological and wildlife information.


Namekagon River:
Big Bend to Namekagon Visitor Center (Near Trego, WI)
County K to Whispering Pines (Near Trego, WI)
Whispering Pines to McDowell Bridge (Between Danbury and Trego, WI)

St. Croix River:
Nelsons to Soderbeck (Near Grantsburg, WI)
Wisconsin or Minnesota Interstate Park to Osceola (Near St. Croix Falls and Taylors Falls)

Did You Know?

winged dragonfly with a clubbed tail and yellow and black markings

A new species of dragonfly, the St. Croix Snaketail, was discovered within St. Croix NSR in 1989. It has only been found to reproduce in one other river in Wisconsin. It prefers large streams with fast flow and clean water, abundant cobble and gravel with sand bottoms in forested watersheds. More...