Comprehensive River Management Planning

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Whispering Pines Landing, Namekagon River


The National Park Service (NPS) has embarked on a planning process to inform future management of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The comprehensive river management plan, once complete, will guide NPS actions and decisions of the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers for the foreseeable future. Input and engagement from stakeholders, partners, and the public will help the NPS develop and build this plan.

This comprehensive river management plan will establish overall management direction to protect and enhance the values for which the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway was designated as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System and unit of the National Park Service. The rivers contain a free-flowing condition, good water quality, and aquatic, cultural, recreational, riparian, scenic-aesthetic, and geologic values.

This plan identifies river-specific desired conditions, user capacities, monitoring and data needs, land and facility development protocols, communication goals, and other management practices necessary for protecting and enhancing river values. The plan will then provide a framework for NPS management decisions.

Screen shots of how to submit comments in NPS Planning Environment & Public Comment system.
How to comment in Planning, Environment & Public Comment system


Initial Planning, 2023:
To start, the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway will hold five listening sessions in locations throughout the park. At each session, NPS staff will give a short presentation about the river management plan and the planning process. After the presentation, NPS staff will be at designated stations to foster conversation, gather feedback, and answer questions.

The presentation will be the same at each session. Listening session participants' comments will be recorded. However, if you would like to provide comments but are unable to attend a session, the presentation and materials are available for review at by clicking the Open for Comment tab on the left. Public comments will be accepted online from July 7th through August 8th. The presentation will be available beginning July 20th.

See the attached document for an overview of the planning process and timeline, as well as your opportunity to provide information.

Listening sessions will be held:

Thursday, July 20

Minong Town Hall at W7095 Nancy Lake Road, Minong, WI 54859 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, presentation starts at 2:15 pm.

Cable Community Center at 13660 Co Hwy M, Cable, WI 54821 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, presentation starts at 6:45 pm.

Wednesday, July 26

Stillwater Public Library, Margaret Rivers Room B at 224 Third Street N, Stillwater, MN 55082 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, presentation starts at 2:15 pm.

NPS Headquarters at 401 N Hamilton St, St Croix Falls, WI 54024 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, presentation starts at 6:45 pm.

Thursday, July 27

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area at 102 Crex Ave, Grantsburg, WI 54840 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, presentation starts at 3:15 pm.

Last updated: July 19, 2023

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