Current Conditions

River Levels

Safety first

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 - a topic of conversation, not a cause of harm.

How do we determine conditions?

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. Without consistent rainfall rivers can become shallow and paddling conditions poor higher in the watershed, even early in the season.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 at Namekagon Dam on the Namekagon River
  • Information obtained from other sources, such as the National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service
Classification

Using this information, the following classifications are used to determine paddling conditions in a given stretch of river during the summer:

  • Floatable - sufficient water for paddling canoes and kayaks
  • Minimally floatable - low water; dragging of canoes and kayaks may be needed in areas
  • Challenging - very low water; dragging of canoes and kayaks is required in areas
  • 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.

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.

 

NAMEKAGON RIVER CONDITIONS

Updated Friday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m.

Namekagon Dam to Hayward

Namekagon Dam gauge: 1.58
Water temperature at Leonards Bridge: 45o F
Streamflow at Leonards Bridge: 128 cfs
Namekagon Dam to Highway M: Unfloatable
Highway M to Hayward: Challenging to minimally floatable

Hayward to Trego

Hayward to Earl: Floatable
Earl to Trego: Floatable

County K Landing to Riverside Landing

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

ST. CROIX RIVER CONDITIONS

Updated Friday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m.

Gordon Dam to Riverside Landing

Gauge at County Highway T: 1.5
Gordon Dam to CCC Bridge: Challenging to minimally floatable
C
CC Bridge to Riverside Landing: Floatable

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: 56o F
Streamflow at Danbury, Wisconsin:
1400 cfs
Riverside Landing to Thayers Landing: Floatable

Thayers Landing to Sand Creek Landing: Floatable

Sand Creek Landing to Highway 70

USACE gauge at Norway Point Landing: http://www.mvp-wc.usace.army.mil/dcp/GTBW3.html
Gauge height: 4.88 ft.
Sand Creek Landing to Nelsons Landing: Floatable
N
elsons Landing to Highway 70: Floatable

Highway 70 to U.S. Highway 8

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

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: 59o F
Streamflow at St. Croix Falls: 4620 cfs
MN/WI Interstate Parks to Osceola Landing: Floatable

Osceola Landing to Soo Line High Bridge

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

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: 59o F
Gauge height at Stillwater, MN: 675.31 feet above sea level
High Bridge to Stillwater: Floatable

 
 

 

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