More than 1 million people enjoy the St. Croix River each year.
Length: Approximately 164 miles. Including the 96-mile Namekagon River, the National Scenic Riverway covers 255 miles of river.
Headwaters: Lake St. Croix (near Solon Springs, WI)
Major Tributaries: Sunrise, Snake, Kettle, Apple, Yellow, Namekagon
Watershed area: 7,760 square miles
Mouth: Mississippi River at Prescott, WI
Location: Forms border between Minnesota and Wisconsin for approximately 130 miles
Conservation: One of inaugural eight rivers protected in the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, a major piece of national conservation legislation which sought to “preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations.”
Management: The National Park Service manages the river above St. Croix Falls, while below the Falls the Wisconsin and Minnesota Departments of Natural Resources manage the river in partnership with the Park Service.
The entire river and the Namekagon River are designated as the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Regulations have ensured the banks of the upper river are almost entirely free of structures or other signs of civilization.
Uses today: Canoeing, boating, fishing (walleye, smallmouth bass, sturgeon, catfish, northern pike, muskellunge), camping, picnicking, hunting (ducks, whitetail deer, turkey, etc.).