Wild & Scenic Lower St. Croix River


St. Croix River photo, Stillwater The Lower St. Croix National Scenic Riverway includes the lower 52 miles of the St. Croix River between Taylors Falls, MN/St. Croix Falls, WI and the confluence with the Mississippi River at Point Douglas, MN/Prescott, WI. The lower St. Croix was the first river added to the National Wild & Scenic Rivers Program by Congress in 1972.


The upper 10-mile stretch of the Lower St. Croix is classified as scenic, while the lower 42 miles are classified as "recreational." See: general information on river classification.


The riverway is managed jointly by the National Park Service, the Minnesota DNR and the Wisconsin DNR. National Park Service land acquisition authority is limited to the upper 27 miles of the riverway (from Taylor's Falls to Stillwater). The National Park Service prepared a Final Cooperative Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Lower St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

Variances in Shorelands, Floodplains & Other DNR-Protected Waterways

Lower St. Croix River Workshops 2008 - 2011

The St. Croix Partnership Team and Lower St. Croix Management Commission, with assistance from the Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources, have just completed a series of workshops to educate local officials, property owners, and the general public about issues affecting the Lower St. Croix River. See: workshop materials and resources.


Water Trail Information

Other links

Lower St. Croix River: A National Wild and Scenic Treasure PDF icon.