Registration Open for 2016 "Paddle with a Ranger" Programs

People in kayaks paddle through a wooded landscape.
Paddle with a park ranger to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial.


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News Release Date: April 4, 2016

Contact: Julie Galonska, 715-483-2270

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wisconsin: Find Your Park along the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers in 2016 by joining a "Paddle with a Ranger" program. Registration for these unique experiences is open now!

These programs are offered by the National Park Service (NPS) and the St. Croix River Association (SCRA) to help people explore the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway by kayak. Composed of the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers, the Riverway is a national park and one of America's first wild and scenic rivers.

This year's paddles are also a great opportunity to celebrate the centennial of the NPS and participate in the Centennial Paddle Challenge sponsored by the SCRA. Can you paddle 200 Riverway miles--two for every year of the NPS--in 2016?
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Eight "Paddle with a Ranger" programs will be offered in 2016, with topics ranging from Ojibwe connections to the St. Croix to the summer solstice. Paddles begin on June 5 and are scheduled throughout the summer.

Kayaks and other equipment, including a life jacket, are provided. A 30-minute paddling instruction and safety session will occur prior to departure and must be attended by all participants. Participants must be 18 or older. The cost is $45 per person and space is limited to eight people. Due to limited space and number of programs, participants will only be allowed to register for one "Paddle with a Ranger" program.

For more information and to register, visit or call (715) 483-3300.

About the St. Croix Riverway
The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a unit of the National Park System, was established by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968. It is one of a group of eight rivers in the country which first received this recognition. For more than 200 miles, the St. Croix and its tributary, the Namekagon, flow through some of most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest. Learn more at 

About the St. Croix River Association
The St. Croix River Association is a nonprofit organization that protects, restores and celebrates the St. Croix River and its watershed. It partners with the National Park Service as the Riverway's Friends Group and others so that the St. Croix is a place where
  • Waters run free and clean
  • Habitat remains plentiful to sustain our unique and diverse flora and fauna
  • People have access to our National Park and the park flourishes
  • Towns throughout the basin thrive and people celebrate the river
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Last updated: April 7, 2016

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401 North Hamilton Street
St. Croix Falls, WI 54024


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