St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
Sections of the river between Riverside Landing and St. Croix Falls include the following:
1) Riverside to Thayers Landing (13.4 miles, class I)
Most of this section is scenic flatwater with a couple of campsites.
Ginger Island signals the start of State Line Rapids, an easy rapid down the right channel around the island. From this point until the mouth of the river, the St. Croix River forms the Minnesota/Wisconsin border.
Paddlers are advised to stay to the river left side of the channel at the ledge just upstream of the MN-48/WI-77 bridge just above Thayers Landing.
2) Thayers Landing to Norway Point (14.3 miles, class I)
This section of river is flatwater that passes through the St. Croix State Park and Governor Knowles State Forest with a few river campsites as well as opportunities to camp in a developed campground.
3) Norway Point to Soderbeck Landing (10.4 miles, class I/II)
Numerous minor rapids (class I-II) populate this reach. Many large islands split the flow, effectively making this two separate trips.
Some river descriptions suggest 'swapping streams', starting in the left channel for 2.5 miles, then (just past "Fox Landing") dragging a half mile up a 'cut-through' channel to swap over to the right channel for the better rapids in its lower reaches.
There are a few campsites along this section.
4) Soderbeck Landing to Nevers Dam Landing (29.8 miles, class I)
This flatwater section of the river is noticeably wider and than the sections upstream of the Kettle River confluence. The dramatic Sandrock Cliffs are found near river mile 91 on river left.
The Nevers Dam, which was originally constructed in 1890 to manage log transport was removed in the mid 1950s.
There are a few river-based campsites and some of the river access points provide camping.
5) Nevers Dam Landing to St. Croix Falls Dam (9.3 miles, class (I)
This section of the river is classified as recreational, in constrast to the scenic-classified sections upstream. There are several campsites along this section of river.
While this reach is now characterized by flatwaters that was not always the case. The Falls of the St. Croix River was a series of cascades dropping 55 feet in less than six miles that was impounded by the St. Croix Falls Dam in 1907. While the dam produces hydropower, restoring this stretch of river would add dramatically change the character of this section of the river.
River runners can continue downstream on the St. Croix River by portaging the hydropower dam on river right.
Main rapids are down the right side of Ginger Island and are class I riffles.
Canoe access on river right at the end of Old Ferry Road.
Stay to river left to avoid the ledge.
Access with ramp and toilet on downstream river left side of the MI-48/WI-77 bridge.
Access in St. Croix State Park on river right with camping, picnic area, water, toilets, and canoe access.
Fee site in St. Croix State Park on river right with developed campground, picnic area, toilet, water, visitor information, and canoe access.
Canoe access on river right with toilets, picnic area, and drinking water.
Boat ramp on river left with toilet, camping, and picnic area.
Boat ramp on river left with picnic area, camping, and toilet.
A short easy class I rapid before the river splits into two channels.
Canoe access on river right at the head of Kettle River Slough with camping, toilets, and drinking water.
An easy rapid on the river left channel.
Rapid on the Kettle River Slough Channel.
Unpaved boat ramp on river left.
Easy rapid that begins upstream of where the Kettle River Slough and St. Croix main channel join and continues on downstream of where they come together.
Boat ramp on river right with picnic area, camping, and toilet.
Boat ramp on river left with toilet and picnic area.
Access to the Sandrock Cliffs trail on river left with camping, toilet, and picnic area.
Boat ramp on the river left upstream side of the bridge with toilet and access to Sandrock Cliffs Trail on the upstream river left side of the bridge. DNR St. Croix Campground provides a developed campground on the downstream river left side of the bridge.
Boat ramp on river left.
Boat ramp on river right with toilet.
Unpaved ramp on river right with camping.
Boat ramp on river right.
Boat ramp on river right with toilet and drinking water.
River left canoe access with toilet and Sunrise Landing Campground immediately upstream of the access point.
Boat ramp on river left with toilet and picnic area. This is the boundary of the Scenic and Recreational sections of the river.
Boat ramp on river right with picnic area, water, visitor information, campground, and toilet at Wild River State Park.
River right boat ramp with picnic area, water, and toilet.
Boat ramp on river left with toilet, water, and picnic area. St. Croix River Visitor Center on river left less than a mile downstream.
Here are the NPS's waypoints versus river miles.
Gage referenced for this reach is at the start of this section. Note: Many maps may show a gaging station at Norway Point. This gage has been inactive since 1970.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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