Clean up the river during St. Croix River Awareness Week

Events will be held July 13 – 22 up and down the river to pick up litter and learn about the St. Croix and its tributaries.




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River Clean-Up VolunteersVia the St. Croix River Association.

The St. Croix River is a national treasure, and the St. Croix River Association (SCRA) invites you to celebrate it and help clean it up during River Awareness Week, July 13-22. This weeklong event along the St. Croix River, and its tributaries, is a great way for people of all ages to experience the amazing gift we have in our own backyard.

The St. Croix River is one of the cleanest tributaries flowing to the Mississippi River, but it’s not without its challenges. There is too much phosphorus, which leads to algae blooms. Many invasive species are creeping in, replacing native plants and animals. These are some big challenges. For one week, the SCRA coordinates efforts to make us all more “River Aware”, hoping to build a lasting river connection. People take care of what they love, and everyone has a role in taking care of our water.

There are multiple ways for you to participate! River clean-up is a traditional and important part of River Awareness Week. You can find a clean-up in the list below, or if you would like to organize a clean-up, contact SCRA and we can help choose a river segment for your group. Clean ups are just one part of the week. There are other events planned on the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers.

Here is the current listing of events:

July 13 – River Awareness kick-off at Music at the Overlook in St. Croix Falls. 6:30 pm. SCRA raffle drawing 8pm

July 14

Friends of Wild River canoe clean-up. 9am-2pm. Volunteers are welcome!

St. Croix Sojourn Paddle, MN Interstate Park to Osceola Landing, 11-3pm. Please join us!

Junior Ranger Eagle Program with Cable Natural History Museum, 10-11am, free

Park Ranger Campfire Program at Earl Landing, 7:30pm

July 14-15Creativity Workshop for Artists, The Phipps Center for the Arts.

July 15 – Clean-up from Osceola Landing to Wm O’Brien, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Rain date 7/22. Volunteers welcome!

July 16Earth Partnership Water Stewards, NPS

July 17 – River clean-up in Hudson, Youth Action Hudson, 1-4pm

July 18

Stillwater Islands Program, 7pm, reservations required. NPS

Hudson Marina Clean-up, Hudson, WI. 9am. Volunteers welcome!

July 20

Namekagon River Memory Day, Namekagon Visitor Ctr., 2-5pm

Down by the River Film Series, St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Visitor Center, St. Croix Falls, WI. 6pm

July 22 – River Musing, Watershed Moments Paddle Series. Sorry this paddle is full.

July 16-20Just Add Water, kids art workshop, The Phipps Center for the Arts.

July 21Park Ranger Campfire Program at Earl Landing, 7:30pm

Through July 22 – Women and Water Rights: Concerning Water, The Phipps Center for the Arts

Planning on attending a clean-up? Helpful things to bring include: drinking water, lunch or snack, sunscreen, bug spray, work gloves, sturdy shoes, and a pick up stick is helpful.

Questions? 715-483-3300 or


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