St Croix National Scenic Riverway

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St Croix National Scenic Riverway

St Croix National Scenic Riverway
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Nicole B
Dubai, United Arab Emirates946 contributions
Scenic Riverway
Jul. 2021
Small but interesting Visitors Center with a good 18 minute video explaining the area. Nice story of preservation. Easy walking trails and primitive camping around the river. We didn't do it, but there are lots of opportunities for water recreation.
Written July 13, 2021
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Nostalgiyeah
Bellevue, WA1,625 contributions
Small and beautiful Visitor Center
May 2021
If you are visiting the St Croix National Scenic Riverway, I'd highly recommend starting off at the Visitor Center. It is an excellent resource and has a wealth of information from the flora and fauna that is abundant along the St Croix River to the range of activities that are popular along the river. There are detailed maps and guides that pretty much would cover a wide spectrum of interests. The Visitor Center is located on the banks of the St Croix river. There are some junior ranger programs available at the visitor center and some displays that will be interesting for little kids as well. A couple of blocks from the Visitor Center is a scenic overlook that has wonderful views of the river as well.

The St Croix River forms the line of demarcation between the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota. We took a boat trip down the river and came across a number of people canoeing and kayaking along the river. Either banks of the river have a number of campsites and there were lots of campers that we could spot as well. Clearly, there are abundant options for water activities along the river. It is a scenic and serene waterway, definitely worth spending a few hours enjoying the St Croix river.
Written May 7, 2021
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Jilly070
Hudson, WI10,419 contributions
Fun spot for a picnic!
Aug. 2020
My husband and I took a road trip and discovered this area on our drive! It was a lovely bridge that led to the Osceola Landing, which was a beautiful spot for picnicking because it has a park, picnic tables, large clean restrooms and a boat landing. The view of the shoreline back over to Wisconsin was so pretty. There were two people from the DNR at the landing and checking a couple’s boat before they put it in the water, as they are preventing mussels from entering the river.
Written August 28, 2020
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marmil59
Council Bluffs, IA60 contributions
Saint Croix falls trip
Sep. 2019 • Friends
Wonderful afternoon on the Saint Croix falls river. The guide was very informative. Saw the beautiful rocks trees and rock climbers. If you can't walk down to the boat they will pick up up on a golf cart.
Written September 30, 2019
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Donbloomjohn
Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin29 contributions
Something for everyone
Nov. 2018 • Family
The Saint Croix River, north of Stillwater, Minnesota is the natural boundary separating the States of Wisconsin and Minnesota. There's the lower half and the upper half: The upper half, accessible (boat landing) at Lions Park, just off Wisconsin Highway 87 (Saint Croix Fall's Main Street), just north of the downtown area, about a half mile. The upper half is also accessible on the Minnesota side from Taylor's Falls Lions Park, about a mile north of their downtown, following the signs toward Wild Mountain Ski Area. This is the more pristine half, used more by locals than tourists for canoeing, boating and fishing. It's very scenic but be careful, the currents run strong!

The more popular lower half is more shallow and is where the tourists love to spend warm summer days canoeing, kayaking, fishing, boating and swimming off of sand bars. But this portion of the river also has some strong currents. Every summer there are people who drown because they stepped off a sand bar a bit too far. Life jackets are critical! You may rent a canoe or kayak (and life jackets) at Taylor's Falls Canoe Rental, about a half mile west of Taylor's Falls, just off US Highway 8. There is also rock-climbing (not for amateurs - several try and die each year), primarily on the Minnesota side of the river, near Taylor's Falls (BTW there is no longer a "falls" separating the two towns of Taylor's Falls on the Minnesota side and Saint Croix Falls on the Wisconsin side).

If you're into shopping, make sure you check out Stillwater, Osceola and Taylor's Falls, in that order (most of Saint Croix Falls shopping is along US Highway 8, east of downtown, on top of the hill. Go there if you need something for camping or boating). Oh yes - there is camping on both sides of the river.

Both Wisconsin and Minnesota have state parks at Taylor's Falls and Saint Croix Falls (Interstate State Park) and Minnesota also has two other State Parks a few miles upstream (Wild River State Park) and downstream (William O'Brien State Park). Both are worth exploring! Both parks have camping facilities and hiking. And while Wild River has better river access, O'Brien has bike trails worth exploring. Both locations have picnic facilities.
Written April 14, 2019
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stevesSNBMN
North Branch, MN98 contributions
Close to the Twin Cites, but far away from the noise and people
Aug. 2018
Quick and easy place to get away from all the business of work, family, life and enjoy the peace and quiet of the "wilderness" of the St. Croix River. If you can get away on a week day and go north of Stillwater you can find solitude and watch the deer and bald eagles as you paddle or float along the river.
Depending on where you go you might not see another person for several hours, I would recommend north of William O'Brien State park or north of the Wild River State Park. If you want even more solitude put in your canoe by Hwy 70 and float on down to any of the next several landings.
Written November 7, 2018
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jfadds
chicago4,681 contributions
Do stop at visitor center
Aug. 2018 • Couples
As usual,visitors centers are a wealth of information
There is a great movie that explains the history of the region- make sure to watch.
There are nice exhibits that amplify the points touched upon in the movie.
Written August 15, 2018
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jeff n sally c
Wadena, MN554 contributions
Park near St Croix Falls- Gaylord Nelson Park
Aug. 2018 • Couples
We stopped while out and about sightseeing there is a Gaylord Nelson Park-Kinda right along the highway has a scenic overlook with a seating area-Terrace by it. Has some cool scenery I would recommend to stop you can take in some cool photos
Written August 12, 2018
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DiAlJo
Hockessin, DE828 contributions
National Park Service - Visitor Center - Experience Area
Jul. 2018 • Family
We started at the National Park Service Visitor Center to learn about the Riverway and the Junior Ranger Program. They have a nice little experience center, movie and nature walk to the river. As part of the Junior Ranger program they have a Life Jacket use demonstration. The wild & scenic is celebrating 50 years and provides several very nice viewing areas along the river as part of their trail system.
Written August 12, 2018
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jimquad2018
Sunnyvale, CA6 contributions
Great staff and visitor center!
Jul. 2018
The ranger was very friendly and answered all of my questions about the river and kayaking routes. The visitor center appeared to be new had some nice displays.
Written July 21, 2018
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