Wisconsin officials are requesting public input as they prepare to open up 167 acres of land on the bluffs of the St. Croix River north of Hudson. The property was acquired with mitigation funds from the new Stillwater bridge.
The property, dubbed Eckert Blufflands, is located on the border between North Hudson and St. Joseph’s Township, across the river from Bayport, Minn.
The county purchased two properties in 2015 and 2018 to make the park. It includes about a half-mile of shoreline on the river.
“(It is) just a gorgeous site. It’s stunning,” Community Development Director Ellen Denzer Denzer told the St. Croix County board in 2015. “For those of us who have been out there and walked it, it’s pretty amazing.”
The county recently kicked off the first phase of a park planning process, and is requesting comments and suggestions at this time. Comments so far include requests for wheelchair-accessible trails and cabins, and a disc golf course.
The county says the park could include scenic overlooks, shoreline access, fishing, picnicking, cabin camping, hiking, snowshoeing, bird watching, hunting and trapping, boat-in access, and other outdoor recreation activities.
Eckert Blufflands will also protect beautiful scenery for boaters and others out on the river.
“Not only is it scenic views from the property out to the river but it’s also got very beautiful views for people who are boating on the river and would enjoy this bluffline,” Denzer said in 2015.
The county also plans to work with the Department of Natural Resources and others to repair gullies that are eroding the bluff and washing excess sediment into the St. Croix River.
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