• Canoeists paddle by tree lined shores

    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

River Levels

A river is the culmination of many smaller streams and brooks, and typically the farther you venture up a river the less water you will encounter. Because of this, upper sections of the rivers can become shallow and paddling conditions poor, even early in the season, without consistent rainfall.

Boaters and paddlers should know their equipment, know their limits, and obtain a current weather forecast before venturing onto the St. Croix or Namekagon Rivers. Respect the ever changing Northwoods environment, as storms and high winds can occur throughout the season. Remember, you are responsible for your own safety. Proper planning and alertness to your surroundings should keep the weather where it belongs-as a topic of conversation, not a cause of harm.

Park staff monitors conditions and updates this information weekly, and at other times if conditions warrant. Condition reports are based on:

  • Volume of river flow in cubic feet per second (cfs) at electronically monitored locations
  • River level height as observed by park personnel and volunteers at gauges located at County Highway T on the St. Croix, and Namekagon Dam on the Namekagon

River conditions are based on levels at the times listed below. As river conditions can vary greatly throughout the year due to precipitation and location, river users should consult the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) websites listed below to check current conditions.

 

NAMEKAGON RIVER CONDITIONS

Updated at 2:30 PM on Thursday, July 31

Namekagon Dam to Hayward

USGS gauge at Leonards Bridge: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/wi/nwis/uv?site_no=05331833
Namekagon Dam gauge: 1.4 feet on 7/29
Water temperature at Leonards Bridge: 65o F
Streamflow at Leonards Bridge: 166 cfs
Namekagon Dam to Highway M: Unfloatable due to low water levels;
Highway M to Hayward: Challenging conditions due to low water levels. Dragging of canoes and kayaks necessay in many areas.

Hayward to Trego

Hayward to Earl: Minimally floatable by canoe and kayak.
Earl to Trego: Floatable by canoe and kayak.

County K Landing to Riverside Landing

County K to Namekagon Trail: Floatable by kayak and canoe.
Namekagon Trail to Riverside Landing: Floatable by kayak and canoe.

 

ST. CROIX RIVER CONDITIONS

Updated at 2:30 PM on Thursday, July 31

Gordon Dam to Riverside Landing

Gauge at County Highway T: .No recent report
Gordon Dam to CCC Bridge:
Unfloatable due to low water levels.
C
CC Bridge to Riverside Landing: Challenging conditions: minimally floatable by kayak and canoe due to low water level. Dragging of canoes and kayaks may be needed in areas.

Riverside Landing to Sand Creek Landing

USGS gauge near Danbury, Wisconsin: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=05333500
Water temperature at Danbury, Wisconsin: 75o F
Streamflow at Danbury, Wisconsin:
1,110 cfs
Riverside Landing to Thayers Landing:
Minimally loatable by kayak and canoe
Thayers Landing to Sand Creek Landing: Floatable by kayak and canoe.

Sand Creek Landing to Highway 70

USACE gauge at Norway Point Landing: http://www.mvp-wc.usace.army.mil/dcp/GTBW3.html
Gauge height: 4.28 feet (1,750 cfs)
Sand Creek Landing to Nelsons Landing: Floatable by kayak and canoe.
N
elsons Landing to Highway 70: Minimally floatable by kayak and canoe - paddlers should avoid the Kettle River Slough.

Highway 70 to U.S. Highway 8

Highway 70 to Sunrise Ferry Landing: Floatable by kayak and canoe.
Sunrise Ferry Landing to Nevers Dam: Floatable by kayak and canoe.
Nevers Dam Landing to St. Croix Falls/Taylors Falls:
Floatable by kayak and canoe.

U.S. Highway 8 to Osceola Landing

USGS gauge near St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=05340500
Water temperature at St. Croix Falls: 74o
Streamflow at St. Croix Falls:
2,790 cfs
MN/WI Interstate Parks to Osceola Landing: Floatable by canoe and kayak.

Osceola Landing to Soo Line High Bridge

Osceola Landing to Log House Landing: Floatable by canoe and kayak.
Log House Landing to High Bridge: Floatable by canoe and kayak.

Soo Line High Bridge to Stillwater, Minnesota

USGS gauge near Stillwater, Minnesota: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/mn/nwis/uv?site_no=05341550
Water temperature at Stillwater, MN: 77o F
Gauge height at Stillwater, MN: 676.5 feet above sea level

High Bridge to Stillwater: Floatable by canoe and kayak.

 
 

 

Did You Know?

Black and White photo of the St. Croix river clogged with logs

Between 1850 and 1889 log jams occurred at angle rock on the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin, where the river bends within a rocky gorge. In 1886 over 150 million board feet of logs jammed creating a tourist attraction. Today St. Croix NSR attracts tourists for its scenic beauty.