Saint Croix River

Saint Croix, Minnesota

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The Saint Croix runs smoothly up here on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. Over 10 miles of paddling (or floating along the stream), you’ll see wildlife and pristine, green surroundings as you skate along the river between tiny historic town of Marine on Saint Croix and Stillwater, Minnesota. The main reason to come here is for a paddle on the Saint Croix River, an official National Scenic Riverway that falls under the protection of the National Park Service. As a tributary of the mighty Mississippi River that cuts through the Twin Cities, the Saint Croix rises in northwestern Wisconsin and flows southwest to the state border. In all it’s about 169 miles long before its confluence with the Mississippi River. For paddleboarders, this is St. Croix Stand Up Paddleboard Company territory, with their headquarters in Stillwater. To start this paddle, you’ll park behind the Marine General Store at Maple and Judd Streets. There’s a gravel trail behind the store that leads to the put- in. The current is very swift, so you’ll be off as soon as you get in the water, which makes the stand- up paddleboard a great option.
The Saint Croix runs smoothly up here on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. Over 10 miles of paddling (or floating along the stream), you’ll see wildlife and pristine, green surroundings as you skate along the river between tiny historic town of Marine on Saint Croix and Stillwater, Minnesota.

The main reason to come here is for a paddle on the Saint Croix River, an official National Scenic Riverway that falls under the protection of the National Park Service. As a tributary of the mighty Mississippi River that cuts through the Twin Cities, the Saint Croix rises in northwestern Wisconsin and flows southwest to the state border. In all it’s about 169 miles long before its confluence with the Mississippi River.

For paddleboarders, this is St. Croix Stand Up Paddleboard Company territory, with their headquarters in Stillwater. To start this paddle, you’ll park behind the Marine General Store at Maple and Judd Streets. There’s a gravel trail behind the store that leads to the put- in. The current is very swift, so you’ll be off as soon as you get in the water, which makes the stand- up paddleboard a great option.

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Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Saint Croix
Distance: 10.3
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Driving Directions: Directions to Saint Croix River

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Apr 2018