Cross Country Skiing
The Trego Lake Ski trail is the only trail groomed and maintained by the Riverway. The Trego Lake Ski Trail provides 3.6 miles of beginning to intermediate skiing in three loops. The trail offers many scenic overlooks of the river and abounds in wildlife. Other hiking trails and the frozen St. Croix river may be appropriate for skiing but are ungroomed. The Sandrock Cliff Trail provides a 5 mile loop of beginning to intermediate skiing. One side of the loop follows the river while the other side is more interior, providing a wide variety of terrain and scenery.
State Parks have groomed ski trails and annually offer an opportunity for candlelight skiing. The annual American Birkebiner near Hayward, Wisconsin crosses Riverway land and brings together top American and International skiers.
A further source for information on conditions and trails in northern Wisconsin is www.norwiski.com a joint venture of tourism and commercial enterprises.
Snowshoes allow the wearer to travel most anywhere snow exists. Ungroomed park trails make the going easier as you needn't worry about vegetation. State parks also allow snowshoes on trails not groomed for skiing. If you would like to build your own snowshoes, call one of the state parks as they have offered classes in the past or they may offer guided hikes where they provide the snowshoes.
No sledding hills or skating rinks exist in the Riverway. Some of the towns offer public areas to enjoy these activities.
Caution: The river's currents, dams and springs provide for uneven freezing. Check the ice depth before venturing out on to the ice and while travelling on it.
Did You Know?
In the Dakota language The St. Croix River is O-Ki-Zu-Wa-Kpa: To meet or to unite, as the waters of a river gather into a lake or two rivers meet or an area where we planted. Dakota and Ojibwe Indians still live near St. Croix NSR.