National Scenic Riverway
1968: National Scenic Riverway
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About the SiteGreen trees shade the calm waters of the St. Croix River in northern Wisconsin. 252 miles of the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers are protected in this Park, offering visitors unparalleled canoeing and recreational opportunities. The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968 created this narrow band of protection for these wonderful rivers, some of the least spoiled rivers of the upper midwest. This haven provides protection for wildlife, and a chance for visitors to relax and catch a breath. As you canoe your way downstream, look for hints of the river's past -- Dakota, Ojibwe, voyageurs, loggers and settlers have all known this river.
What You're Going to SeeWolves, deer, otter and porcupine can all be seen if you have a keen eye. Woods on bluffs, historic towns, all are visible from the water. The river is home to native species of mussels, dragonflies, and fish. Overhead you'll see osprey, kingfishers, warblers and eagles rule the sky. You may also see otter, bears, and fox peeking through blooming flowers and verdant foilage.
Personal ObservationsSomeday ...
Getting ThereTo the St. Croix visitor center: From St. Paul, take I-35 north about 20 miles to Forest Lake. Go east on US 8 across the river into St. Croix Falls. The visitor center is on the river, one block west of Highway 87, just north of the business district. As of 2005, this center is closed due to mold. They're building a new one.
Nearby AttractionsSome 40 or so miles to the north is Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Across the river in Minnesota is the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area.