Current Conditions

River Levels

Safety First
You are responsible for your own safety. Know your paddling abilities and the abilities of your group. The safety page includes information about water safety and rules.

River level reports are based on:

  • Volume of river flow in cubic feet per second (cfs) at five monitored stations
  • River level height as observed by park personnel and volunteers at two locations
River levels are described in the following ways:

  • Very High: see emergency alert at the top of the page.
  • High: high and fast water, paddlers should use caution and plan accordingly.
  • Good: sufficient water for paddling canoes and kayaks.
  • Low: dragging of canoes and kayaks may be needed in areas.
  • Very low: dragging of canoes and kayaks will be required in areas.
  • Unfloatable: water flow is so minimal that paddling a canoe or kayak for an extended period would be difficult.

At A Glance

Conditions for these river stretches have been determined and posted on Friday, October 2 2015. Details of these conditions are posted on the Namekagon River Conditions page and the St. Croix River Conditions page.

Namekagon River

Namekagon Dam Landing to County Road M Landing: Unfloatable
County Road M Landing to Hayward: Very Low
Paddlers should consider taking out at Trout Run Landing or Eagle's Landing to avoid extremely shallow conditions at the entrance to Hayward Lake.
Hayward to Trego: Good
County Road K Landing to Riverside Landing: Good


St. Croix River

Gordon Dam Landing to CCC Bridge Landing: Unfloatable
CCC Bridge to Riverside Landing: Very Low
Riverside Landing to Norway Point Landing: Good

Norway Point Landing to Soderbeck/Snake River Landings: Good
Soderbeck/Snake River Landings to County Road O Landing: Good
County Road O Landing to Nevers Dam Landing:
Nevers Dam Landing to St. Croix Falls/Taylors Falls: Xcel Energy has completed an 8-foot drawdown of the river in this area which will continue until November 20. During this time boat landings in St. Croix Falls and Taylors Falls will be inaccessible, river conditions may be hazardous and campsites extremely difficult to reach. Paddlers should consider taking out at either Nevers Dam Landing or the Wild River State Park Main Landing.

No access between St. Croix Falls/Taylors Falls hydroelectric dam and the Interstate State Park landings.

Interstate State Park Landings to Osceola Landing: Good
Osceola Landing to Soo Line High Bridge: Good
Soo Line High Bridge to Stillwater, Minnesota: Good



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