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Canoes on the Namekagon River

Non-NPS: Boyscout Troop

St. Croix National Scenic Riverway offers a rich visual experience. From scenic vistas to encounters with wildlife, it is well worth a look.

namekagon river

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Where every bend has wonders to reveal.

Wading deer


Perhaps a deer will be getting a drink of water

mergansers on a gravel bar

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or mergansers will be resting on a gravel bar.

adult dragonfly emerges from shell of aquatic insect it once was

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Not everything is obvious. Check the shoreline, you might observe a dragonfly emerging from it's exuviae.

Sandrock cliffs

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Areas like Sandrock cliffs can be great places to take a break from paddling and stretch your legs.

two female canoeists paddle on the river

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Continuing down river, the Namekagon joins the St. Croix and the river widens and eventually deepens.

three fishermen in small boat

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Fishing boats will begin to be seen where the water is deep enough. The Riverway is known for its fishery.

pontoon travelling in front of cliff with rocks and trees

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Pontoons and larger boats are seen on the flowages or lakes behind dams and on the lower stretches below St. Croix Falls.

wide river with white clouds in blue sky reflected in water

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On weekends the river can be a busy place, but during the week one can still find solitude. St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is a great place to take some time and enjoy yourself.

Last updated: April 30, 2019

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