River Currents: The average speed for the St. Croix is one mile per hour. Specific stretches of the river can be slower or faster. Flowages have little if any current. Experienced canoeists can travel faster by reading the river and using paddling skills, while new canoeists are not as efficient. Fishing and wildlife viewing can also slow your travel.
Wind Condition: The wider portions of the river are most effected by wind. A strong upstream wind can mean waves and slower progression.
Canoeing Difficulty: Normal conditions for the St. Croix are at most a Class I (moving water with a few riffles and small waves and few or no obstructions).Click here to check current River levels!
Campsites: Campsites containing a primitive toilet, fire-ring and picnic table, are marked by a brown and white tent symbol visible from the river. CAMPING PASS REQUIRED. Click here to learn more.
Protect The River
- Mussels are protected because they are endangered species. Please do not remove them from the river.
- Primitive toilets are available at campsites and landings. If toilets are not available, bury human waste at least 6 inches deep and at least 100 feet from the river.
- Bring a trash bag to carry out all trash. Glass beverage containers are prohibited on the river.
- Do not damage live trees. Dead and down wood may be used for firewood.
Click here to read the 'Clean up the River' blog.
Download National Park Serive Canoe Safety Brochure [PDF]
- Exposure to cool air or cold water can lead to hypothermia, even when temperatures are well above freezing. Dress appropriately and bring spare clothes in case you get wet.
- Kneel in the bottom of the canoe while in areas of rough water for stability. Standing and sudden sideways shifts can make the canoe unstable.
- If you fall out of a canoe keep your head upstream, feet downstream, kick and back paddle to control your movement if you can't stand up. Your canoe floats, so you can also hang onto it, remember to stay on the upstream side.
- Water riffles mean that rocks lie close to the surface. Follow the smooth water shaped like a "V" pointing down stream.
- Keep the front or bow of the canoe headed downstream with the current or headed into boat wakes.
- When leaving vehicles at landings, remove or hide valuables as break-ins have occurred in the past.