• 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 during the season. Condition reports are based on:

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

Using these gauges the following classifications are used to detemine paddling conditions in a given stretch of river during the summer:

  • Unfloatable - water flow is so minimal that paddling a canoe or kayak for any extended distance is impossible; walking and dragging of vessels is required in many areas
  • Challenging - water flow is sufficient that paddling a canoe or kayak is possible, but walking and dragging of vessels will be required in areas
  • Minimally floatable - water flow is sufficient that paddling a canoe or kayak is possible, but walking and dragging of vessels may be needed in areas
  • Floatable - water flow is sufficient to paddle canoes and kayaks; vessels may occionally touch bottom in areas

Note that the reported river conditions are based on water flow on the dates and times listed below. As river conditions can vary greatly 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 or contact one of the park visitor centers to check current conditions as part of trip planning.




Discontinued Until Spring 2015

Namekagon Dam to Hayward

USGS gauge at Leonards Bridge: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/wi/nwis/uv?site_no=05331833 Operation of this river gauge was discontinued by the U.S. Geological Survey on October 6 due to lack of funding.
Namekagon Dam gauge:
Water temperature at Leonards Bridge:
Streamflow at Leonards Bridge:
Namekagon Dam to Highway M:
Highway M to Hayward:

Hayward to Trego

Hayward to Earl:
Earl to Trego:

County K Landing to Riverside Landing

County K to Namekagon Trail:
Namekagon Trail to Riverside Landing:



Discontinued Until Spring 2015

Gordon Dam to Riverside Landing

Gauge at County Highway T:
Gordon Dam to CCC Bridge:

CC Bridge to Riverside Landing:

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:
Streamflow at Danbury, Wisconsin:

Riverside Landing to Thayers Landing:

Thayers Landing to Sand Creek Landing:

Sand Creek Landing to Highway 70

USACE gauge at Norway Point Landing: http://www.mvp-wc.usace.army.mil/dcp/GTBW3.html
Gauge height:
Sand Creek Landing to Nelsons Landing:
elsons Landing to Highway 70:

Highway 70 to U.S. Highway 8

Highway 70 to Sunrise Ferry Landing:
Sunrise Ferry Landing to Nevers Dam:
Nevers Dam Landing to St. Croix Falls/Taylors Falls:

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:
Streamflow at St. Croix Falls:

MN/WI Interstate Parks to Osceola Landing:

Osceola Landing to Soo Line High Bridge

Osceola Landing to Log House Landing:
Log House Landing to High Bridge:

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:
Gauge height at Stillwater, MN:

High Bridge to Stillwater:



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