• Canoeists paddle by tree lined shores

    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

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  • Flowage Level Drawdown North Of Taylors Falls/St. Croix Falls

    Beginning October 2, Xcel Energy will be lowering the level of the flowage upstream from Taylors Falls/St. Croix Falls by up to 6 feet. This is to allow for repair to flashboards on the dam that were damaged by high water in September.

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?

Blackand white old photo of three men standing on logs loaded on a wagon with horses attached

In 1872 3,500 men, 1,600 horses and 250 oxen logged off 35,000 acres cutting some 200 million board feet of logs. "Taylors Falls Reporter". In 1883 the Boom in Stillwater, Minnesota, which collected logs coming down the St. Croix River, reported 1,397,417 logs for 217,045,647 board feet.