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The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway consists of the Namekagon and St. Croix Rivers providing 252 miles of recreational opportunities. The Riverway is one of the intial rivers designated under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. The Lower St. Croix was added in 1972. The Riverway is a unique area with a diversity of habitat, which provides many opportunities for viewing wildlife. A variety of recreational activities can be enjoyed in this picturesque setting. The upper stretches are ideal for canoeists, the rivers are shallow and narrow with some rapids. The lower stretches broaden and widen and can be used by boats.



Email - SACN_Interpretation@nps.gov

Fax- 715-483-3288

Write to
401 Hamilton Street
P O Box 708
Saint Croix Falls, WI 54024

Headquarters Recorded Message - 715-483-3284
St. Croix Visitor Center Recorded Message - 715-483-3284 x638


Operating Hours, Seasons
Landings and campsites are open year round.

Headquarters Visitor Center is open daily May through September and is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., October through April. The other visitor centers are open during the summer with limited hours off-season.

Getting There
PLANE - Minneapolis/St. Paul or Duluth are the nearest airports.

CAR - Minnesota Hwy 95 and Wisconsin Hwy 35 parallel the lower stretches. Wisconsin Hwy 63 the upper stretches. Crossings at I-94, Hwy 8, Hwy 70,and Hwy 77/48.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - Taxi or bus to Stillwater, MN from Minneapolis/St. Paul MN.

Weather & Climate
Summer are hot and humid with temperatures in the high 80's. Thunderstorms are common in the summer.

Winters are severe, with heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures.

All visitor centers are accessible. The Indianhead hiking trail in St. Croix Falls, WI is accessible. Some picnic area and campsites are accessible, please contact visitor centers for details.

Getting Around
Personal vehicle, canoe, kayak, powerboat, or tour boats.


Entrance Fee
There are no entrance or use fees at St. Croix NSR. A Special Use Permit may be required for certain activities.


Primitive Sites
Open All Year
Primitive campsites are available. There is a one night limit at all campsites above Nevers Dam and you must camp at designated sites. There is a seven day limit at all sites below Nevers Dam to Stillwater,MN. Most campsites are only accessible by water-craft. Some sites are appropriate for groups. Sites are available on a first-come first-serve basis. No fees or permits are required.


Visitor Centers
Open All Year
Summer Hours: 5/25/01 To 9/3/01 8:30-5:00 M-Th; 8:30-6:00 Fri-Sun
Phone - 715-483-3284 x638
Location - On the river, one block west of Hwy. 87 just north of the business district in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.
Special Programs - Available on request: 12 minute movie, 5 minute slide show and videos.
Exhibits - Birds of prey, logging, early settlement, geology and winter exhibits. Touch table, has things from nature to see up close.
Available Facilities - Auditorium where movies/slides and videos are available. Eastern National book sales area. Restrooms and drinking fountain. Picnic tables and brook trout pond outside.

Summer Hours: 5/25/01 To 9/3/01 1:00-7:00 Fri ; 10:00-6:30 Sat; 1:00-5:00 Sun
Phone - 320-629-2148
Location - Junction of Highway 70 and St. Croix River west of Grantsburg, WI on MN side.
Exhibits - Song birds, mussels, and insects. Changing exhibit highlighting student artwork based on Riverway wildlife.
Available Facilities - Restrooms Auditorium Eastern National book sales area.

Summer Hours: 5/25/01- 9/3/01 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Phone - 715-635-8346
Location - Highway 63 just north of juncture with highway 53 in the town of Trego.
Exhibits - During summer months there is an aquarium with native fish to observe. Logging, fur trade and a tracks exhibits plus a mounted bear. A touch table gives a close up view at things from nature.
Available Facilities - Restrooms and drinking fountain. Eastern National book sales area.

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Campgrounds Nearby
List of Nearby Campgrounds

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Saint Croix National Scenic River.
 Campgrounds Near Saint Croix National Scenic River:
Interstate State Park - North Camp Ground, Taylors Falls, 1 miles away
Camp Waub-O-Jeeg, Taylors Falls, 2 miles away
Interstate State Park - North Camp Ground, Taylors Falls, 2 miles away
Interstate State Park, Taylors Falls, 3 miles away
Wildwood Park Campgrounds, Taylors Falls, 5 miles away
Schillberg's Campgrounds, Osceola, 6 miles away
Wild River State Park - Horse Camp, Shafer, 10 miles away
 Marinas Near Saint Croix National Scenic River:
Milltown Dock & Marine Service Center, Milltown , 11 miles away
Marine Landing, Marine On Saint Croix , 14 miles away
Mort's Marina, Amery , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Saint Croix National Scenic River:
Holiday Inn Express ST. CROIX VALLEY, Saint Croix Falls , 2 miles away
Luck Country Inn, Luck , 13 miles away
AmericInn New Richmond, New Richmond , 16 miles away
Rodeway Inn Chisago City, Chisago City , 17 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Hudson , 20 miles away
Water Street Inn, Stillwater , 21 miles away
Water Street Inn, Stillwater , 21 miles away
 Trails Near Saint Croix National Scenic River:
Sunrise Ferry Hiking Trail, Polk County , 19 miles away
 Ski Areas Near Saint Croix National Scenic River:
Wild Mountain, Minnesota , 2 miles away, 300 foot drop, 8 lifts, 25 runs
Trollhaugen, Wisconsin , 3 miles away, 260 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Afton Alps, Minnesota , 29 miles away, 350 foot drop, 18 lifts, 41 runs
Welch Village, Minnesota , 42 miles away, 360 foot drop, 10 lifts, 60 runs
Buck Hill, Minnesota , 56 miles away, 309 foot drop, 11 lifts, 13 runs
Hyland, Minnesota , 58 miles away, 175 foot drop, 6 lifts, 14 runs
Spirit Mountain, Minnesota , 70 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 86 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
 Whitewater Near Saint Croix National Scenic River:
St. Croix River, Chisago County , 0 miles away, Class II-III - 1 miles long (Taylor's Falls)
St. Croix River, Polk County , 1 miles away, Class II-III - 0.2 miles long (Taylors Falls)
Apple River, St.Croix County , 14 miles away, Class I-II - 2 miles long (Somerset)
Apple River, Polk County , 16 miles away, Class II - 4 miles long (Little Falls)
St. Croix River, Burnett County , 24 miles away, Class I-II - 8 miles long (Nelson's Landing to Snake River Confluence)
 Public Lands Near Saint Croix National Scenic River:
Mississippi National River & Recreation Area, St. Paul - MN , 38 miles away
Interstate State Park, Minnesota , 2 miles away
William O'Brien State Park, Minnesota , 13 miles away
Wild River State Park, Minnesota , 18 miles away
Willow River State Park, Wisconsin , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Saint Croix National Scenic River:
St Croix Valley Golf Course, Saint Croix Falls , 1 miles away
Krooked Kreek Golf Course, Osceola , 5 miles away
Countryside Golf Course, Shafer , 8 miles away
Five Flags Country Club Estate, Balsam Lake , 12 miles away
Bristol Ridge Golf Course, Somerset , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Saint Croix National Scenic River
Cedar Lake, St. Croix County , 10 miles away
Little Butternut Lake, Polk County , 12 miles away
Balsam Lake, Polk County , 14 miles away
South Lindstrom Lake, Chisago County , 16 miles away
Bass Lake, St. Croix County , 17 miles away

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