50 Things To Do

A kayaker paddles through large waves on a river.
Try something new at the Riverway this year.

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Here is a list of 50 things you can do to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act and the creation of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. How many activities can you check off?
 
A man stands in a river with a fishing pole.
The Upper Namekagon River is a great place to fly fish for trout.

Tom and Jane Gerber

On The Water

  1. Kayak the Namekagon/St. Croix confluence.
  2. Take a paddleboat trip on the St. Croix River.
  3. Float the Big Bend of the Namekagon.
  4. Paddle the Kettle River Slough.
  5. Fish for trout on the upper Namekagon River.
  6. Dip your toes into a riverside spring at County Road O Landing.
  7. Have a canoe race with your friends.
  8. Count the sturgeon you see on the lower Namekagon River.
  9. Watch an eagle nest.
  10. Take pictures of the High Bridge.
 
A family paddles a canoe.
You can find river stretches that are great for beginning paddlers.

Dawn Kish

With the Family

  1. Picnic at Osceola Landing.
  2. Bird the Trego Nature Trail.
  3. Camp at the Sandrock Cliffs.
  4. Teach the kids to kayak at Norway Point Landing.
  5. Visit the Namekagon River Visitor Center.
  6. Visit the St. Croix River Visitor Center.
  7. Snorkel at the Cable Wayside.
  8. Attend a Junior Ranger Program.
  9. Skip stones at the Snake River Landing.
  10. Fish from the pier at the St. Croix River Visitor Center.
 
A Department of Natural Resources biologist talks at a state park.
Visiting state parks along the Riverway is a great way see and learn about the river setting.

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Near the River

  1. Visit a state park along the Riverway.
  2. Ride a horse in Governor Knowles State Forest.
  3. Listen to Cascade Falls in Osceola, Wisconsin.
  4. Bicycle over the St. Croix River on the Gandy Dancer Trail in Danbury, Wisconsin.
  5. Walk the streets of a river town.
  6. Drive the St. Croix Scenic Byway.
  7. Walk on the Gordon Dam.
  8. Go birding at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area.
  9. Paddle a St. Croix or Namekagon tributary.
  10. Visit the overlook in St. Croix Falls.
 
White flowers bloom in abundance near a river.
Spring wildflowers bloom in abundance on riverside trails.

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On the Trails

  1. Count spring wildflowers on the Indian Head Flowage Trail.
  2. Hike on the North Country National Scenic Trail near Gordon, Wisconsin (Its the 50th Anniversary of National Scenic Trails).
  3. See potholes created by glacial meltwater at the Interstate parks.
  4. Snowshoe on the Trego Lake Trail.
  5. Hike all seven National Park Service Trails at the Riverway.
  6. Hike on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail near St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin (Its the 50th Anniversary of National Scenic Trails).
  7. Backpack camp on the St. Croix Trail.
  8. Take your dog for a walk (on leash) on a Riverway trail.
  9. Walk both of the Ridge View Trails.
  10. Enjoy the fall colors.
 
A volunteer hands out litter bags to visitors.
Using litter bags to carry out trash helps keep the rivers clean for the next person.

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Be A Riverway Steward

  1. Use "Leave No Trace" principles when camping.
  2. Carry a bag and pack out your trash.
  3. Pick up your pet's waste.
  4. Use refillable non-glass drinking bottles at the river.
  5. Make sure your campfire is out and cold before you leave.
  6. Learn how you can prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
  7. Take your leftover bait home and recycle the container.
  8. Use lead-free tackle and shot.
  9. Become a Junior Ranger.
  10. Volunteer at a river clean-up.

Last updated: February 6, 2018

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