© Photographed September 10, 2018
St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin
Treasured By the People
The St. Croix River
The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway features a diversity of landscapes, forests that keep waters clean, the richness of upper Midwest wildlife, and a history central to many people. This is a place so special that it was once of the first wild and scenic rivers designated by Congress and protected by the National Park Service. We invite you to explore this national treasure!
Please use Caution!
Variable water conditions are normal in summer. Precipitation in the greater watershed determines how high the St. Croix River rises. We can help you plan your trip with up-to-date river level information.
Beware of thunderstorms. Lightning strikes even if it is not raining. At the first sound of thunder get to shore. In case of emergency, dial 911.
Camping on the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers upstream of here is allowed in designated sites on a first-come, first-served basis.
Regulations for camping on the lower St. Croix River, between U.S. Highway 8 and the High Bridge (river mile 29.5), differ from rules in the rest of the park. All campers are required to obtain an annual camping permit as well as carry and use a portable toilet. Please see park staff inside for more information.
"A river does not just happen; it has a beginning and an end. Its story is written in rich earth, in ice, and in water-carved stone, and its story as the lifeblood of the land is filled with color, music, and thunder."
Andy Russell, The Life a River [sic]
The marker is at the entrance to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Visitor Center and is accessible from southbound North Hamilton Street, north of its intersection with West Massachusetts Street, at or near 401 North Hamilton Street, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin 54024.
The marker is visible on the right,
at the entrance to the Visitor Center.
With the river visible in the distance.
The marker is located at the St. Croix
National Scenic Riverway Visitor Center
and Park Headquarters.
The marker is located in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.