Paddle the wooded waters at the headwaters of the St. Croix River, share a potluck picnic and hike a National Scenic Trail as part of a free event near Solon Springs on Saturday, Sept. 28. Three outdoor organizations are joining to celebrate the unique public lands in Northwest Wisconsin on the 26th annual National Public Lands Day.

All activities will take place at Palmer’s Landing in the Brule River State Forest, 4 miles northeast of Solon Springs on County Highway A.

Beginning at 10 a.m., canoes, paddles and life jackets will be provided for a paddle along the shores of Upper St. Croix Lake. A potluck picnic will follow; bring a dish to share.

At 1 p.m., join a group hike on the Brule Bog Boardwalk of the North Country Trail. The 5-mile walk will take hikers through the Brule Spillway State Natural Area between the headwaters of the St. Croix and Brule rivers.

The event is being sponsored by the North Country Trail Association, St. Croix River Association and Friends of the St. Croix Headwaters.