For a great getaway that is just an hour from the Twin Cities, head to Taylors Falls for a scenic trip down the St. Croix River. Whether you navigate with a paddle in hand or sit back on an excursion boat, you’ll enjoy the beautiful views from the winding lower St. Croix valley of heavily wooded banks and tall sandstone and limestone bluffs.
Take a two to seven-hour journey by canoe or kayak, beginning at Interstate State Park and ending at Osceola Landing or William O’Brien State Park near Marine on St. Croix. With a permit, camping is available at these state parks. Outfitters will supply everything you and your group need for a river trip, including canoes, kayaks, life jackets, and shuttles to your vehicle at the end of the journey.
Another option is to tour the river on a traditional paddlewheel boat. Choose from daily excursions and specialty cruises that feature food, history, or entertainment. The season for St. Croix River outfitters and boat tours runs from early May to late October.