The woods and waters that make up the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway host a rich variety of wildlife. Hunting is a long-standing tradition along the riverway. Unlike many other national park units, the enabling legislation that designated the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers as part of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System allows for hunting within the Riverway. Hunting opportunities are diverse and abundant along the Riverway. Many waterfowlers enjoy luring ducks and geese toward decoy spreads at the various cattail and wild rice flowages of the Namekagon or backwaters of the St. Croix River, while others choose to drift the river for jump shooting opportunities. Deer and bear are pursued throughout the Riverway with archery equipment, black powder rifles, and modern firearms. Upland bird hunters find plenty of action in grouse and woodcock coverts. Most recently, wild turkey populations have soared throughout much of the Riverway, prompting both spring and fall hunts in certain zones.
Do You Know the Rules?
Hunters are responsible for:
Hunters are reminded to put safety first, and to respect the rights of private landowners as well as the rights of other hunters and non-hunters using public lands.
Hunting and Trapping on National Park Service Land
Hunting and Trapping is allowed on most National Park Service land. National Park Service (NPS) Rangers patrol Riverway land during hunting season, as do state conservation officers, to enforce regulations and detect violations. To clarify questions of park boundary locations or other issues, hunters can contact the park by email at e-mail us or phone 715-483-2274.
Activities Prohibited on National Park Service Land
In some instances, National Park Service regulations may be more stringent than state laws. Regardless of whether you hunt in Wisconsin or Minnesota, the following activities are prohibited on NPS lands:
Areas Where Hunting is Restricted on National Park Service Land
Some National Park Service land has been restricted or closed to hunting for safety reasons. Exact regulations can be found in the Superintendent's Compendium. National Park Service land areas with hunting restrictions are posted.
Minnesota or Wisconsin
No matter what the quarry or season, all hunting must be in accordance with state regulations from which a license is issued. Contact the Minnesota or Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for details on seasons, bag limits, licensing requirements, and general hunting regulations.
Private property exists within the Riverway and can only be hunted with permission of the landowner.
Last updated: March 16, 2021