Just a few of the celebrations happening during River Awareness Week.

St. Croix Sojourn

Date: July 12

Description: Spend a day paddling the St. Croix River and celebrate its history during the 3rd Annual St. Croix Sojourn, a day of on-river activities and presentations scheduled for Saturday, July 12.

The self-guided, 6-mile route on the scenic St. Croix River passes through calm water and is perfect for first-time paddlers, families with children, youth groups, or anyone looking for a great day on the water! This year the Sojourn is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the closing of the St. Croix Boom, which sorted millions of logs for sawmills in Stillwater during the logging era. State park naturalists, park rangers, and volunteers will be sharing stories of lumber jacks, river rats, and the river that served as a highway for decades. Pick up a log “cookie” passport at your first stop and collect a logging stamp at each stop along the way!

Sojourn participants can start their trip between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at either Wisconsin Interstate State Park (St. Croix Falls, WI) or Minnesota Interstate State Park (Taylors Falls, MN). Access to the state parks requires a valid annual or daily vehicle pass.

All stations are free and open to the public. Presentations and educational stops include:

  • “River Drives and Log Jams” — Main Landing, Minnesota Interstate State Park (river mile 51.5) or Wisconsin Interstate State Park (river mile 52.1)
  • “Steamboats A Comin!” — Rock Island (river mile 50)
  • “Daylight In The Swamp!” — Eagles Nest Campsites (river mile 48.5)
  • “Changing Times” — No Name Island (river mile 45.8)
  • Activities at Osceola Landing, 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — As you leave the river, have your passport cookie stamped a few more times! Activities at this location will be available to the public, including people who do not go on the river, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Osceola Landing is located on Highway 243, across the river from Osceola, Wisconsin.

Canoes, kayaks, and other equipment are not provided. For more information on this event or a listing of canoe and kayak outfitters and shuttle services, visit the National Park Service website at http://www.nps.gov/sacn. Additional information can be requested via email at sacn_interpretation@nps.gov; or by calling 715-483-2274.

The St. Croix Sojourn is hosted by the National Park Service, Minnesota State Parks, Wisconsin State Parks, and the St. Croix River Association.


Ranger Led Paddles: Reading the River

2014-Paddle-Series-logoDate: July 13, 9am-1:30pm

Location: St. Croix River: Nelson Landing to Soderbeck Landing

Description: Rivers are dynamic, complex, and ever changing. Sometimes friendly and serene, other times wild and tumultuous. Join a park ranger to learn how to read river currents and to be a safer paddler.


Fly Fishing for Beginners

July 14

Time: 4:00-8:00pm – drop in anytime!

Cost: FREE!

Location: Osceola Landing Picnic Area, Hwy 243 across the river from Osceola

bickford-fly-fishingDescription: Join Bob Bickford and other local fly fishing experts from around the area in a free clinic to introduce you to fly fishing! Try casting, check out some cool flies, and get out in a McKenzie drift boat!

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced angler, this is a unique, no cost, opportunity to learn about fly fishing on the St.Croix River. Participants will become familiar with equipment used in warm water fly fishing, observe tying demonstrations, and actually get to fish – all for free!

Adults and children 14 years of age or older accompanied by an adult are welcome! You’ll need a fishing license and a life jacket if you’ll be heading out in the boat.


Saint Croix Fat Cat Triathlon

St-Croix-Fat-Cat-logoDate: Saturday, July 12, 2014

Location: Scandia, MN

Description: Participants in the inaugural Saint Croix Fat Cat will paddle, run and pedal their way along one of the finest routes we could dream up! Racers will paddle 3.8 miles on the Saint Croix National Riverway downstream from Scandia’s Log House Landing, around Greenburg Island into William O’Brien State Park. They exit there and run a 5.2 mile majestic route through the park, ending at Scandia-Marine Lions Park. From there, they bicycle 11 miles along the shores of Big Marine Lake and through some of Scandia’s idyllic back roads finishing back at the Lions Park where they can enjoy a catfish snack & beverage. All participants will also receive a race-day T-Shirt with special awards for the top finishers in each division. Please join us for a day of exercise, food, music, and FUN!

All proceeds go back to our communities, education, and Lions causes.


RiverFest, Hudson

RiverFest logo 2014 - webDate: July 12-17, 2014

Location: Hudson, WI

Description: This multi-day, family-friendly community event celebrates the river while recognizing the need to preserve water quality and scenic beauty for our lifestyles and our tourism businesses.

Join us in Hudson on July 12-17 as we “Party with a Purpose,” enjoy the river and maybe do a little clean up at the same time.