St. Croix National Scenic Riverway

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Must Sees

  1. Take in the St. Croix Dalles Gorge: This deep gorge of basaltic rock has been the site of many historic events from steamboat building to giant log jams of the lumber era. Best viewed via a relaxing Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tour or from Interstate State Park. Keep a look out for The Old Man of the Dalles rock formation.
  2. Paddle the Riverway: There’s simply no better way experience this National Scenic Riverway than with a paddle in-hand. Paddling from Nelsons Landing to experience Class I & II whitewater rapids is an exciting paddle, while paddling Gorgeous Gorges from Interstate Park to Osceola Landing is a lengthy, but less challenging, option.
  3. Set up camp near Nelsons Landing, where you can take in solitude and scenic views from an island campsite near the Minnesota shoreline.
  4. Head off the rapids in St. Croix State Park: Two wild and scenic rivers meet as the Kettle River and the St. Croix River come together in the St. Croix State Park area of the National Scenic Riverway.
  5. Stillwater Islands area: Located between the Soo Line High Bridge and Stillwater, this area of the Scenic Riverway is quite popular in the spring/summer for houseboats, cabin cruisers, pontoons and fishing boats.
  6. Old Man of the Dalles rock formation: This geological oddity is one of the many interesting rock formations and rocky crags along the Dalles of the St. Croix River. The Old Man is best visible from the tall cliffs near Taylors Falls on the east side of the river. Look north, toward the rocks just before the highway bridge.
  7. Hike: The Scenic Riverway is a vast area with seven maintained hiking trails through an amazing diversity of landscapes. Many can be used in the winter for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
  8. River Trail, William O’Brien State Park: This trail offers one of the most pristine views of the St. Croix in the entire National Scenic Riverway.

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