High Water

Visitor Information During High Water Events

  • The water is high, fast, cold, and deep.
  • Watch out for debris. The current may be pushing debris down the river and the current
  • may push you into debris.
  • The campsites may be dangerous to access due to the higher water. The normal access may be underwater. The current may make it difficult for you to pull up to shore and exit/enter your vessel.
  • Bring extra dry clothes either in a dry bag or in at least a trash bag. Hypothermia is a REAL risk!
  • Watch out for low bridges. Portage around them.
  • Let someone know your float plan. Notify that person when you get on and off the river.
  • Be aware that landings and the roads leading to them may be flooded. Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.

Under Flood Conditions

The NPS does not recommend accessing the St. Croix or Namekagon while the rivers are in flood condition. Please avoid boating, paddling, tubing, swimming, and other recreational activities until safe conditions have returned.

Last updated: May 24, 2019

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401 North Hamilton Street
St. Croix Falls, WI 54024


715 483-2274

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