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:
Using these gauges the following classifications are used to detemine paddling conditions in a given stretch of river during the summer:
NAMEKAGON RIVER CONDITIONS
Updated at 4:00 PM on Friday, September 26
Namekagon Dam to Hayward
USGS gauge at Leonards Bridge: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/wi/nwis/uv?site_no=05331833
Hayward to Trego
Hayward to Earl: Foatable by canoe and kayak.
County K Landing to Riverside Landing
County K to Namekagon Trail: Floatable by kayak and canoe.
ST. CROIX RIVER CONDITIONS
Updated at 3:45 PM on Friday, September 26
Gordon Dam to Riverside Landing
Gauge at County Highway T: No recent report.
Riverside Landing to Sand Creek Landing
USGS gauge near Danbury, Wisconsin: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=05333500
Sand Creek Landing to Highway 70
USACE gauge at Norway Point Landing: http://www.mvp-wc.usace.army.mil/dcp/GTBW3.html
Highway 70 to U.S. Highway 8
Highway 70 to Sunrise Ferry Landing: 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
Osceola Landing to Soo Line High Bridge
Osceola Landing to Log House Landing: 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
Did You Know?
The Old Man of the Dalles is one of the many features visitors can see looking at the rocks in the Dalles, or rocky gorge, of the St. Croix River. A great way to view these rocky features, as well as St. Croix NSR, is from the water in a boat or a canoe.