A trip to St. Croix National Scenic Riverway should be a safe and enjoyable one. Below are some reminders that will help ensure the success of your visit.
Most boating fatalities involve capsizing or falls overboard. Most fatalities were passengers on vessels less than 16 feet long.
- Personal floatation devices (PFDs or lifejackets) are mandatory -and absolutely critical, especially on small boats and canoes.
- Children under 13 years of age must wear a PFD or lifejacket while aboard a moving vessel including a boat or canoe or inner tube.
- Don't drink alcohol when operating a boat! Approximately half of all boating and swimming deaths involve alcohol.
- Learn how to read a river. Water riffles mean that rocks lie dangerously close to the surface. Follow the smooth water shaped like a "V" pointing down stream.
- Keep the bow of a canoe headed down stream with the current; if the canoe is sideways it will tip if it strikes a wave or rock. In areas of high motorboat traffic canoe near the shore and head into the wakes to avoid capsizing.
- There are drop-offs and strong currents in the St. Croix River - check for hazards and water depths before swimming. Do not swim alone and consider wearing a lifejacket.
- Young children can drown in relatively shallow water. Do not leave children unattended.
- Lightening may occur so keep an eye on the weather. Because water attracts lightning, be sure to get to shore and away from the water quickly.
- Stay clear of overhanging and downed trees, they can overturn or trap canoes.
- Be prepared to prevent sunburn, even on cloudy days.
Trego Dam Warning Sirens
Xcel Energy has installed three warning sirens along the Namekagon River below the Trego Dam. If there is an emergency at the Trego Dam, the sirens will emit a unique "whoop" tone followed by instructions on what actions you should take. The sirens are tested annually each April and October. For additional information: