Video: Tribute to the Totogatic River

Spring beauty and birdsong on a wild and wonderful part of the St. Croix River watershed.




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“With its watershed nestled between the Namekagon and St. Croix Rivers, Totogatic is just as scenic and even more wild.”
– Herbert Wagner

“A wild gem … provides rich habitat for diverse aquatic and terrestrial species, has excellent water quality, beautiful scenery, and great fishing and paddling opportunities.”
– Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

One of only five rivers designated by the state of Wisconsin as “Wild.”

The biggest stream that flows into the clean, beloved, nationally-designated Wild & Scenic Namekagon River.

It runs for 80 miles through rock and sand and peat, flowing into the Namekagon four miles above the Namekagon’s confluence with the St. Croix near Danbury, WI.

Crossing under the Totogatic about five miles northeast of Minong, WI, is Enbridge Energy’s Line 61 oil pipeline.

By next year, the company plans to pump 50 million gallons of mostly tar sands crude through the pipeline to refineries in Illinois.

That is about 2 million gallons of oil per hour passing under the Totogatic, as well as the St. Croix, Namekagon, and Eau Claire Rivers.

The Totagatic River is home to over 23 species of greatest conservation need and has been identified as a conservation priority in Wisconsin’s Wildlife Action Plan and Land Legacy Report.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE OIL PIPELINE: www.stcroix360/line61


One response to “Video: Tribute to the Totogatic River”

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    Bob Gile

    Great photo work Greg i guess I should check out the fishing on the “Togatick” (local name)


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