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St Croix National Scenic Riverway

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St Croix National Scenic Riverway

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Jilly070 wrote a review Aug 2020
Hudson, Wisconsin9,727 contributions324 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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marmil59 wrote a review Sep 2019
Council Bluffs, Iowa60 contributions18 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Donbloomjohn wrote a review Apr 2019
Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin29 contributions3 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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stevesSNBMN wrote a review Nov 2018
North Branch, Minnesota97 contributions25 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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jfadds wrote a review Aug 2018
chicago4,454 contributions620 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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