• Canoeists paddle by tree lined shores

    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

Special Park Uses

Special Events
A special use permit is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large. These activities require some degree of management from the NPS if there is the potential for interference with visitor use, congestion of highly visited areas such as the Osceola Landing and Picnic Area, or possible impact on park resources. Fees are charged for these permits, $50 - $300 depending on requested event and degree of management needed. Most applications require a minimum of 4 weeks to fully process. Please do not wait until the last minute to apply for your event. If you wish to reserve one of the shelters at Osceola Landing and Picnic Area, please plan well in advance as dates fill up fast. Application form – there is no charge for submitting this application.

*Please note: If we determine the need to restore the site of your event the cost to the permittee for leaving trash in the park and any NPS post event clean-up is calculated at $39.00 per hour per NPS employee for a minimum of four hours. These charges are billed without notice.

For additional information about Special Use Permits; Contact 715-483-2261 or via email

First Amendment Activities
Freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly are constitutional rights. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect park resources.

There are no fees associated with First Amendment permits.
For more information on First Amendment Activity permits; Contact permit specialist at 715-483-2261 or via email. Application form

Scattering of Ashes
A permit is needed to scatter ashes within the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. There are specific rules and conditions outlined in the permits that are required of all ash scatterings. There is no permit fee for the scattering of ashes. Application form
For more information on scattering of ashes; Contact permit specialist at 715-483-2261 or via email.

Did You Know?

What looks like a striped fish with several tails is actually the opening of the mussel shell which is hard to see.

Mussels rely on fish to carry their young around until they are old enough to drop to the river bottom. To attract the fish and attach their young, mussels put on displays that make fish think they are fish or other food. The mussel shell, which is all we normally see, is now barely visible.