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 »
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:
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 to Highway M: 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
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
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
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: 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
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
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?
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.