Celebrate the St. Croix River with the St. Croix Sojourn, a day of on-river activities and presentations scheduled for Saturday, July 14. Hosted by the National Park Service, Minnesota State Parks, and Wisconsin State Parks, this event features family fun, river stewardship and more.
Enjoy a self-guided, 6-mile paddle down the historic, scenic St. Croix River. State park naturalists, park rangers and volunteer artisans will be available at stops along the way to share stories of the river valley’s past and the inspiration of its scenic beauty.
A passport stamp booklet will be available so participants can receive a special reward at the end of the trip. Children can also participate in an on-river virtual scavenger hunt and special activities at the landings.
Sojourn participants should plan to start their trip between 10 a.m. and noon at either Wisconsin Interstate State Park (St. Croix Falls) or Minnesota Interstate State Park (Taylors Falls). Access to the state parks requires a valid annual or daily vehicle pass.
Stations will be available between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. All stations are free and open to the public. Presentations include:
• Dive Demo (Scuba divers and underwater camera): See the underwater world with the help of two certified divers who will share a fish’s view of the St. Croix. Main Landing, Minnesota Interstate State Park (river mile 51.5).
• Northwoods Logging: Millions of white pine logs floated down the St. Croix River highway during the 1800s. Learn how these trees were cut and transported. Blast Island (river mile 50.9).
• Geology of the St. Croix Dalles: The narrow gorges of the St. Croix are a gift from time. Stop and hear how fire and ice both had a hand in creating the unique rock formations found here. Sand Island (river mile 50).
• Voyageur’s Tale: Meet a fur trader and discover the colorful group of people who came from half a world away during the 18th and 19th centuries and why they paddled and portaged the dangerous canoe routes of North America. No Name Island (river mile 46.1).
End your trip at Osceola Landing, which will feature artists at work, a digital scavenger hunt, kayaking demonstrations and St. Croix Junior Ranger activities.
Canoes, kayaks and other equipment are not provided. For more information, call 715-483-2274.