ST. CROIX FALLS, Wisc. – Grab your paddle and your longing for scenic beauty and head to this week’s National Park Getaway. The St. Croix and Namekagon rivers offer 255 miles of clean water that glides and rushes through a lush green landscape, offering only hints of human presence.
The St. Croix is one of the last undisturbed, large floodplain rivers in the upper Mississippi River System, and the unequivocal best ways to enjoy it are canoeing, boating and fishing its waters and camping on its banks.
Hiking and historic towns also beckon, if you can bear to leave the cool water.
Superintendent Chris Stein invited everyone to plan a visit noting, “The St. Croix and Namekagon are remarkable rivers where people can find adventure and inspiration.”
Located in state or private areas, these campgrounds provide tent and car camping. Many of these large camping areas include such amenities as showers, dump stations, electricity, modern restrooms and more. Fees are charged at developed campgrounds and reservations are required for state parks and most private campgrounds. State forest campgrounds are first come, first served.
DNR Information Center
651-296-6157 or www.dnr.state.mn.us
Office of Tourism
651-296-5029 or www.exploreminnesota.com
State Park Camping
888-947-2757 or www.dnr.state.wi.us
Department of Tourism
800-432-8747 or www.travelwisconsin.com
State Campgrounds near the Riverway
Minnesota: Afton State Park, Chengwatana State Forest, Minnesota Interstate State Park, St. Croix State Forest, St. Croix State Park, Wild River State Park, William O’Brien State Park
Wisconsin: Governor Knowles State Forest, Willow River State Park, Wisconsin Interstate State Park
Start your river odyssey with this week’s National Park Getaway at www.nps.gov/getaways.