National Park Service presents pair of options for future of Fairy Falls

Agency requests feedback on management plan for day use area near Stillwater, open house March 7.




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Fairy Falls (Greg Seitz/St. Croix 360)

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is seeking public input about future management of the Fairy Falls Day Use Area, located near Stillwater, Minnesota.  

Fairy Falls Day Use Area is a 54-acre natural area located in Stillwater Township. Deep ravines and steep bluffs surround Silver Creek as it passes through a marsh on its way to the St. Croix River. The area has a long history of human use, and its ecological diversity provides habitat for a variety of plants and animals.  

“The National Park Service is excited to share and receive feedback on two concepts being explored for management and visitor opportunities at Fairy Falls Day Use Area. Public input on these two options will help guide next steps in the planning process,” said Craig Hansen, St. Croix National Scenic Riverway superintendent.  

Public comments are accepted February 13 through March 15, 2023. All interested individuals are invited to share their thoughts at:, or by sending comments to Lisa Yager, St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, 401 N. Hamilton Street, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. 

For those interested in learning more about Fairy Falls Day Use Area and the planning process, the National Park Service will host an in-person open house in Stillwater, Minnesota on Tuesday, March 7 [updated date due to weather]. At the open house, the National Park Service will share information about possible management options and solicit public feedback. NPS staff will present a short overview about the project at 5:30 pm.  Information shared at the open house will also be available at  

Open house information: 

Thursday, March 7 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. [updated date due to weather]
with a short presentation at 5:30 p.m. 

Water Street Inn
101 Water St. S
Stillwater, MN, 55082  

Any project updates throughout the process can be found at the “Planning for Fairy Falls” link at or by calling the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Headquarters at 715- 483-2274. 

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a unit of the National Park System, was established by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968. It is one of a group of eight rivers in the country which first received this recognition.  For over 200 miles, the St. Croix and its tributary, the Namekagon, flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.