Event in Hayward invites public to ‘think big’ for the Namekagon River

National Park Service and Wild Rivers Conservancy hosting free discussion about Wild and Scenic river’s future.




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Namekagon River (Courtesy Wild Rivers Conservancy)

Be part of something big! You are invited to share your thoughts on promoting and stewarding the Namekagon River on Wednesday, February 1, 2023. Spend time over food and drink with National Park superintendent, Craig Hansen, and Wild Rivers Conservancy’s Executive Director, Deb Ryun. 

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is the nation’s first wild and scenic river national park. Including the St. Croix and Namekagon in the original Wild and Scenic Rivers Act took the efforts of visionary national leaders like Gaylord Nelson and Walter Mondale, corporations like Northern States Power (Xcel Energy), and communities and people along the rivers. It was a big idea. While the Namekagon is protected by Congress, staying wild and scenic takes work, and we all play a part.

Join us at 6 p.m. for appetizers and drinks from Los Portales followed by an opportunity to meet Riverway leadership and hear more about the National Park Service’s priority for the Riverway. Discuss your reflections on the Namekagon River with National Park staff and leadership from its nonprofit partner, Wild Rivers Conservancy of the St. Croix & Namekagon. We hope to open a dialogue on what we could do to enrich people’s lives and enhance the region by inspiring use, preservation, and support of the Namekagon River. We also want to hear your concerns for the Riverway.   

Please visit  https://namekagon.eventbrite.com/ to register for Wednesday, February 1, from 6-8 PM at Los Portales, 15546 County Road B, Hayward, WI 54843. This event is free, but registration is highly encouraged. This event is hosted by  Wild Rivers Conservancy, the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, and Hayward Fly Fishing Company.

To learn more about Wild Rivers Conservancy, visit https://wildriversconservancy.org.


2 responses to “Event in Hayward invites public to ‘think big’ for the Namekagon River”

  1. Gary Solomonson Avatar
    Gary Solomonson

    A great story Greg. I appreciate you sharing the historical contributions of Nelson and Mondale. Psychologist Eric Erickson often talked about the importance of ‘generativity,’ the gift of caring about the good of those yet to come. Many children and families have benefited from their work years ago. Now is our opportunity for ‘generativity.’

    1. St. Croix 360 Avatar
      St. Croix 360

      Please note this was written by Wild Rivers Conservancy!


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Event in Hayward invites public to ‘think big’ for the Namekagon River