The character of the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers change as they flow downstream, affecting where different types of boats can travel on these rivers. Small boats with shallow drafts can motor on much of the Riverway while larger boats with deep drafts are limited by water levels to areas mostly south of Highway 8 on the St. Croix.
Minnesota and Wisconsin boating laws apply. The Namekagon River and the upper St. Croix are entirely in Wisconsin, while the St. Croix below Riverside Landing is a border river.
A properly fitting US Coast Guard approved life jacket for each person is required on your vessel. Children under 13 are required to wear a life jacket.
Personal watercraft are prohibited north of Boom Site Landing, near Stillwater, Minnesota on the St. Croix River and on the entire Namekagon River.
See the Superintendent's Compendium for specific rules on the Riverway including fishing and camping.
Special Boating Rules South of Highway 8 on the St. Croix RiverSlow-No Wake:
Protect the RiverBy doing these six things every time you boat or paddle on the Riverway, you can help keep invasive species out of the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers.
Find out more about zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species in this national park.
Last updated: May 2, 2020