Primitive shoreline campsites scattered along the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers offer the opportunity to move from campsite to campsite for multi-day trips. These campsites are often only accessible from the water and are relatively isolated. Campsites are on a first-come, first-serve basis and are easier to secure mid-week and during non-holiday weekends. There are no fees or reservations required. However, a camping permit is required on the St. Croix River below Highway 8.
The Riverway is divided into camping zones where management policies differ. Learn about the three zones:
From Stillwater to the confluence with the Mississippi River, campsites are limited to county and state parks. The National Park Service does not manage this stretch of river.
Other Camping Options Near the River
State and private campgrounds provide tent and car camping near the Riverway. Many camping areas include such amenities as showers, dump stations, electricity, and modern restrooms. Fees are charged and reservations are required for state parks and most private campgrounds. State forest campgrounds are first come, first served.
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Last updated: January 30, 2023