Birding packs and fishing kits available for public use

Looking for a way to explore and enjoy the Namekagon and St. Croix rivers? Join the many visitors who have discovered the joys of bird watching along the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway or try your luck at fishing one of the nation’s most scenic rivers. To get started, stop by the Namekagon River Visitor Center in Trego, Wis. and borrow a birding pack or a fishing kit.

Every birding backpack contains a pair of binoculars, a field guide to help identify birds, a journal, and a bird checklist. Each fishing kit includes a rod/reel combo and a tackle box with an assortment of lures.

Backpacks and kits for both kids and adults are available. They can be borrowed free of charge for up to a week for use on the Namekagon and St. Croix rivers and Riverway trails. Proof of a fishing license is required for those over 16 years of age borrowing the fishing kit.

The Namekagon River Visitor Center is located on Highway 63, one mile east of Highway 53, in Trego, Wis. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from May 24, through Labor Day.

For more information about borrowing this equipment, call (715) 635-8346 or email branda_thwaits@nps.gov.

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