St. Croix River

By Jim Umhoefer
Trails Reporter

In addition to being a state canoe and boating route (the Minnesota segment), the St. Croix River is one of the eight original streams included in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, including the Namekagon River of northwestern Wisconsin, flows through some of the most scenic and undeveloped country in the upper Midwest. The good news is that even beginning canoeists can handle most of the river and it's all within easy reach of the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Many St. Croix River trips start on the Namekagon River at the County K landing (below the Trego dam) in northwestern Wisconsin. Outfitters in Minnesota and Wisconsin will shuttle canoeists and gear to this access or farther upriver. Canoeists get a backcountry experience on the Namekagon because there is little development visible from the river. The Namekagon flows for about 100 miles before meeting the St. Croix River 6.5 miles upstream from the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. Read more:

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