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    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

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  • High Water Levels On The St. Croix And Namekagon Rivers

    The St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers are running high, fast and cold due to snowmelt and recent rain. Ice flows and other floating debris may be present making conditions additionally hazardous. Osceola Landing has been closed. Other landings may be flooded More »

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.

The St. Croix and Namekagon are running extremely high, fast and cold due to snowmelt and recent rainfall. Floating debris may make conditions additionally hazardous at this time.

 

NAMEKAGON RIVER CONDITIONS

Updated at 11:30 AM on Friday, April 18

Namekagon Dam to Hayward

USGS gauge at Leonards Bridge: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/wi/nwis/uv?site_no=05331833
Namekagon Dam gauge: 1.65 4/15/14
Water temperature at Leonards Bridge: 34o F
Streamflow at Leonards Bridge: 235 cfs

Namekagon Dam to Highway M: The Namekagon is running extremely high, fast and cold at this time. Floating debris may make conditions additionally hazardous
Highway M to Hayward: The Namekagon is running extremely high, fast and cold at this time. Floating debris may make conditions additionally hazardous

Hayward to Trego

Hayward to Earl: The Namekagon is running extremely high, fast and cold at this time. Floating debris make conditions additionally hazardous
Earl to Trego: The Namekagon is running extremely high, fast and cold at this time. Floating debris make conditions additionally hazardous

County K Landing to Riverside Landing

County K to Namekagon Trail: The Namekagon is running extremely high, fast and cold at this time. Ice flows and floating debris make conditions additionally hazardous
Namekagon Trail to Riverside Landing: The Namekagon is running extremely high, fast and cold at this time. Ice flows and floating debris make conditions additionally hazardous

 

ST. CROIX RIVER CONDITIONS

Updated at 11:00 AM on Friday, April 18, 2014

Gordon Dam to Riverside Landing

Gauge at County Highway T: 2.8 4/13/14
Gordon Dam to CCC Bridge:
The St. Croix is running extremely high, fast and cold due to snowmelt and recent rainfall. Class II to Class III rapids may exist at Fish Trap Rapids. Floating debris may make conditions additionally hazardous at this time
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CC Bridge to Riverside Landing: The St. Croix is running extremely high, fast and cold due to snowmelt and recent rainfall. Floating debris may make conditions additionally hazardous at this time

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: 34o F
Streamflow at Danbury, Wisconsin:
4,270 cfs
Riverside Landing to Thayers Landing:
The St. Croix is running extremely high, fast and cold due to snowmelt and recent rainfall. Floating debris may make conditions additionally hazardous at this time
Thayers Landing to Sand Creek Landing: The St. Croix is running extremely high, fast and cold due to snowmelt and recent rainfall. Floating debris may make conditions additionally hazardous at this time

Sand Creek Landing to Highway 70

USACE gauge at Norway Point Landing: http://www.mvp-wc.usace.army.mil/dcp/GTBW3.html
Gauge height: 9.75 feet; 9,240 cfs
Sand Creek Landing to Nelsons Landing: The St. Croix is running extremely high, fast and cold due to snowmelt and recent rainfall. Class II - III rapids exist at the Kettle River confluence. Floating debris may make conditions additionally hazardous at this time.
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elsons Landing to Highway 70: The St. Croix is running extremely high, fast and cold due to snowmelt and recent rainfall. Floating debris may make conditions additionally hazardous at this time.

Highway 70 to U.S. Highway 8

Highway 70 to Sunrise Ferry Landing: The St. Croix is running extremely high, fast and cold due to snowmelt and recent rainfall. Floating debris may make conditions additionally hazardous at this time
Sunrise Ferry Landing to Nevers Dam: The St. Croix is running extremely high, fast and cold due to snowmelt and recent rainfall. Floating debris may make conditions additionally hazardous at this time
Nevers Dam Landing to St. Croix Falls/Taylors Falls:
The St. Croix is running extremely high, fast and cold due to snowmelt and recent rainfall. Floating debris may make conditions additionally hazardous at this time

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: 34o F
Streamflow at St. Croix Falls:
26,700 cfs
MN/WI Interstate Parks to Osceola Landing: Osceola Landing is closed due to water flowing over the access road. Other landings may be closed or have no access as well. The St. Croix is running extremely high, fast and cold due to snowmelt and recent rainfall. Floating debris may make conditions additionally hazardous at this time.

Osceola Landing to Soo Line High Bridge

Osceola Landing to Log House Landing: The St. Croix is running extremely high, fast and cold due to snowmelt and recent rainfall. Floating debris may make conditions additionally hazardous at this time
Log House Landing to High Bridge: The St. Croix is running extremely high, fast and cold due to snowmelt and recent rainfall. Floating debris may make conditions additionally hazardous at this time

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: 34o F
Gauge height at Stillwater, MN: 683.91 feet above sea level

High Bridge to Stillwater: The St. Croix is running extremely high, fast and cold due to snowmelt and recent rainfall. Floating debris make may conditions additionally hazardous at this time

 
 

 

Did You Know?

Three waterboatmens on a rock, they are dark brown and the leags are visible

Water boatmen have no gills but rather trap air with the hairs on their legs and the air bubble encircles their bodies, making them appear shiny. Their front legs are short, their middle legs are long and slender and their back legs are shaped like paddles fringed with hair.