A recent update from the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway:
The National Park Service (NPS) at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway announces that the annual permit required for camping on the Lower St. Croix River is now available. The permit is required for anyone camping along the St. Croix River between St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin – Taylors Falls, Minnesota, and the Soo Line High Bridge (river mile 29.5). Camping in this area is limited to designated campsites accessible only by watercraft.
The camping permit is available free of charge at the St. Croix River Visitor Center.The visitor center is located at 401 North Hamilton Street in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, and can be reached at (715) 483-2274.It is currently open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Beginning Saturday, April 14, the visitor center will be open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
The application for a permit is also available online at www.nps.gov/sacn for people to print, read, sign, and mail to the visitor center.After reviewing the application, NPS staff will mail the permit.
When obtaining a permit, campers agree to the following regulations:
·Campers must camp in designated campsites, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
·Campers are required to bring in and use their own portable camp toilets or use onboard facilities on self-contained boats.
·A total of 20 primitive and 2 primitive group campsites have been established.Up to 8 people and 3 tents will be allowed at individual campsites.Group sites will accommodate 9 to 16 people and up to 6 tents. Larger groups need to split up or make arrangements to camp in one of the state parks along this section of river.
·There is a limit of stay of 3 consecutive nights at any campsite.There is a 30-night limit for the season.
·Campsites must be occupied on the first night of stay.
·The camping permit must be attached to the tent so it is clearly visible.The permit must be displayed every time you camp in 2012.
·Alcohol is prohibited at the six individual Eagle’s Nest campsites (river mile 48.5).
·Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
·Campfires are permitted only in steel fire rings or grills.
·The cutting of live vegetation is strictly prohibited.Dead and down wood may be collected from shoreline areas, however, it cannot be collected from islands.
·Possession of firewood that originates more than 25 miles from the Riverway is prohibited.
·Campfires must be out and cold before you leave the area.
·Do not bring glass containers to the Riverway.
·All trash must be carried out of the Riverway at the end of your stay.
·Possession or use of fireworks is prohibited.
The regulations between St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin – Taylors Falls, Minnesota, and the Soo Line High Bridge were implemented as part of the National Park Service’s Camping Management Plan for the Lower St. Croix River, finalized in June 2007.The plan addresses concerns about human waste, shoreline and island erosion, and the effects of minimally regulated camping on Riverway visitors and residents.
“We appreciate the cooperation of visitors in obtaining the camping permit and complying with the regulations.The goals of the National Park Service are to keep the water clean and to provide people with the opportunity for enjoyable river experiences.We believe the Lower River Camping Management Plan helps us to achieve these goals,” stated Riverway Superintendent Christopher Stein.