Vets on the River Programs

People in boats prepare to get on a river.
Veterans can participate in fishing trips, paddling trips, and pontoon tours with other veterans.



2017 Vets on the River Programs

Rivers of Recovery Guided Fishing Trips
Spend two days and three nights on a guided fly fishing trip on the Namekagon River for combat veterans.

  • August 28 - 31: Women's Trip
  • September 11 - 14: Couple's Trip
  • September 14 - 17: Men's Trip

Vets & Family Paddles
These are great opportunities for all veterans and their families to experience the St. Croix Riverway.

  • June 17: Women Vets Annual Paddle
  • July 9: UW Stevens Point Vets Club
  • July 28 - 30: UW Stout Vets Club
  • August 4: Pierce and St. Croix Counties Vets
  • August 5: Washburn County Vets
  • August 12: Sawyer County Vets
  • September 6: Full Moon Paddle
  • September 30: Honor the Colors Fall Paddle

Veteran Honor Cruises
Enjoy a free cruise down the beautiful St. Croix River with other veterans in a pontoon boat while learning about the history and significance of the Riverway.

  • July 10: Open to all Vets Tour
  • July 17: MAC-V Homeless Shelter Tour
  • July 31: Open to all Vets Tour
  • August 9: Minneapolis VA Medical Center Wellness Group Tour
  • September 18: Century College Vet Club Tour
  • September 25: Women Vets Honor Cruise


Contact: Jeff Butler, Veterans Program Coordinator at 715-635-8346, ext. 425 or for questions and to register.

Watch a video about a young veteran suffering from PTSD describe how the Vets On The River Program at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway has helped him.

The Mission Continues Veterans Only

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is recruiting a Fellow to work the Vets On The River program to prepare a summary of best practices and lessons learned, as well as planning for the future of this program. Honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces having served a minimum of 24 months (total) after September 11, 2001 are eligible to apply.

The Volunteer Fellow application closes on July 17, 2017. The opportunity timeframe is from October 2017 - April 2018. Apply here.

Last updated: July 11, 2017

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401 North Hamilton Street
St. Croix Falls, WI 54024


(715) 483-2274

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