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.
NAMEKAGON RIVER CONDITIONS
Updates have been discontinued until Spring 2014
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: No recent report
County K Landing to Riverside Landing
County K to Namekagon Trail: No recent report
ST. CROIX RIVER CONDITIONS
Updates have been discontinued until SPring 2014
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: No recent report
U.S. Highway 8 to Osceola Landing
USGS gauge near St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/wi/nwis/uv?site_no=0534050
Osceola Landing to Soo Line High Bridge
Osceola Landing to Log House Landing: No recent report
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?
Between 1850 and 1889 log jams occurred at angle rock on the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin, where the river bends within a rocky gorge. In 1886 over 150 million board feet of logs jammed creating a tourist attraction. Today St. Croix NSR attracts tourists for its scenic beauty.