Special Park Uses

This page contains official forms that you will need to fill out in order to camp in some areas of the Riverway, conduct special events, or apply and report in the Commercial Use Authorization program. You will need to use the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to download these PDF files.

Lower St. Croix River Camping Permit
This free permit allows you to camp on the St. Croix River between U.S. Highway 8 and the Soo Line High Bridge. Additional camping information is available about this river stretch. You can fill out the permit form and mail it to the St. Croix River Visitor Center or pick up a permit in person.

Lower St. Croix River Camping Permit Application (pdf)

Special Events
A special use permit is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than to the public at large. These activities require some degree of management from the National Park Service if there is:
  • the potential to interfere with usual visitor use patterns.
  • congestion of highly visited areas such as the Osceola Landing and Picnic Area.
  • possible impact on park resources.
Fees are charged for these permits, from $50 to $300+, depending on the requested event and degree of management needed. Most applications require a minimum of 4 weeks to fully process. Examples of special uses that the permit covers include adventure races, fishing contests, and weddings.

Special Use Permit Application (pdf)

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. Use the Special Use Permit Application.

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 this permit that are required of all ash scatterings. There is no permit fee for the scattering of ashes. Use the Special Use Permit Application.

Commercial Filming and Still Photography Permit
If you plan to film or take images within the park boundaries that you or your company use for commercial purposes, you will need a permit. There is a processing fee for the permit and as with other permits, an additional charge will be made if you damage resources or leave trash.

Commercial Filming/Still Photography Permit Application (pdf)

For more information about special events, first amendment permits, scattering of ashes, or filming permits, please contact the permit office at 715-483-2261.

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