Registration Is Now Open for Popular Ranger-Guided Kayak Trips on the St. Croix River

Eight outings will provide new perspectives on the river this summer.




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Via the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway:

Kayaking St. Croix River backwaters
Paddling by a great blue heron rookery on a bird-focused foray with National Park Service rangers in 2012 (Photo by Greg Seitz, St. Croix 360)

Find Your Park along the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers in 2016 by joining a “Paddle with a Ranger” program. Registration for these unique experiences is open now!

These programs are offered by the National Park Service (NPS) and the St. Croix River Association (SCRA) to help people explore the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway by kayak. Composed of the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers, the Riverway is a national park and one of America’s first wild and scenic rivers.

This year’s paddles are also a great opportunity to celebrate the centennial of the NPS and participate in the Centennial Paddle Challenge sponsored by the SCRA. Can you paddle 200 Riverway miles – two for every year of the NPS – in 2016? Go here to learn more.

Eight “Paddle with a Ranger” programs will be offered in 2016, with topics ranging from Ojibwe connections to the St. Croix to the summer solstice. Paddles begin on June 5 and are scheduled throughout the summer.

Kayaks and other equipment, including a life jacket, are provided. A 30-minute paddling instruction and safety session will occur prior to departure and must be attended by all participants. Participants must be 18 or older. The cost is $45 per person and space is limited to eight people. Due to limited space and number of programs, participants will only be allowed to register for one “Paddle with a Ranger” program.

For more information and to register, visit this page or call (715) 483-3300.