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Park service holds St. Croix, Namekagon river paddling events

Join the National Park Service, in partnership with the St. Croix River Association, for a unique opportunity to explore the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers with a park ranger this summer.

The St. Croix and Namekagon compose the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a national park and one of America’s first wild and scenic rivers. This year’s “Paddle with a Ranger” programs will help you discover the significance of a place protected as part of the National Park System while exploring the river in a kayak.

The first program runs Sunday.

Cecilia’s Journey runs 3:30-8 p.m. Sunday from CCC Landing to Riverside Landing, St. Croix River. Discover what life was like for an Ojibwe woman in the 1800s along the St. Croix River. Join a Park Ranger as you learn about Cecilia Connor, an amazing Ojibwe woman who travelled the river extensively during her lifetime.

Words Over Water runs 3:30-9 p.m. July 30 Wisconsin Interstate State Park to Osceola Landing, St. Croix River. Rivers have served as metaphors for poets and writers for hundreds of years. Spend an evening paddling the St. Croix River and listening to words that skip like stones through time.

Full Moon Paddle runs 2:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 29 from Wild River State Park Sunrise River Landing to Wild River State Park Main Landing on the St. Croix River. Accompany a park ranger, move with the pace of the river and enjoy the last full moon of summer.

Ghost Town of the Namekagon runs 4-7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 from Earl Landing to Lakeside Road Landing, Namekagon River. Paddle down the Namekagon and learn about Veazie, a historic town that once existed along the river. See the site of an old dam and learn the stories of the characters that called Veazie home.

For all programs, kayaks and related equipment, including a life jacket, will be provided. A 30-minute paddling instruction and safety session will occur prior to departure and must be attended by all participants. Participants must be 18 or older.

The cost is $40 per person and space is limited to eight people. Due to limited space and number of programs, participants will only be allowed to register for one “Paddle with a Ranger” program.

To register or get information, visit or call 715-483-3300.