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Date: February 27, 2013
Contact: Julie Galonska, 715-483-2270

A ranger and a female adult look on as a child stamps a piece of paper.  A historic photo and map are in the background
A park ranger helps visitors learn about historic logging on the river


St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Tourism Creates $8,803,000
in Local Economic Benefit

Part of $30 billion impact that supports 252,000 jobs nationwide

ST. CROIX FALLS, WI - A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that the 273,729 visitors to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway spent $8,803,000 in communities surrounding the park. This spending supported 137 jobs in the local area.

"The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is a wonderful place to learn about America's story," said park superintendent Chris Stein. "We attract visitors from across the U.S. and around the world who come here to experience the park and then spend time and money enjoying the services provided by our neighboring communities and getting to know this amazing part of the country. The National Park Service is proud to have been entrusted with the care of America's most treasured places and delighted that the visitors we welcome generate significant contributions to the local, state, and national economy."

The information on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverwayis part of a peer-reviewed spending analysis of national park visitors across the country conducted by Michigan State University for the National Park Service.For 2011, that report shows $13 billion of direct spending by 279 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. That visitor spending had a $30 billion impact on the entire U.S. economy and supported 252,000 jobs nationwide.

Most visitor spending supports jobs in lodging, food, and beverage service (63 percent) followed by recreation and entertainment (17 percent), other retail (11percent), transportation and fuel (7 percent) and wholesale and manufacturing (2 percent.)

To download the report visit and click on Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation, 2011.

The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

To learn more about national parks in Minnesota and Wisconsinand how the National Park Service works withcommunities to preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide local recreation opportunities, go to


Last updated: April 10, 2015

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