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River Maps
Please visit the National Park Service website for access to downloadable and interactive river maps.
 
Camping Regulations
The Riverway is divided into four federal camping zones where management policies differ. The Namekagon River and St. Croix River from Gordon Dam to Nevers Dam, Nevers Dam to Highway 8, Highway 8 to Soo Line High Bridge and Soo Line High Bridge to Stillwater. The state zone, from Stillwater to the mouth of the river, has no designated campsites outside of county and state parks.
Please review camping information published annually by the National Park Service.
Click here for a related article published at StCroix360.com. The National Park Service manages reservations submitted using their camping permit application.
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Public Access to the St. Croix River (Winter Only)
ice fishing St. Croix River
 
January 21, 2015 - The community fishing spots in the Bayport basin are well-populated this year. Minimal snow cover allows for easy driving. Fishing action has been slow for most anglers. The ice is 16-18 inches thick in the common areas. Be sure to stay away from the King Plant and the new St. Croix River Crossing.
 
You can access the community fishing spots from Bayport, MN or Hudson, WI. Ferry Landing Park in Hudson has a parking area at the top of the hill. Alternatively, you can park on the ice near either shoreline if you prefer to walk out to the middle of the river.
 
St. Croix River “ice bridge”
waves
November 24, 2014 - This marks the second winter season of St. Croix Crossing bridge construction. A tug boat is continuously breaking ice near the bridge piers to allow construction crews to work on the new river crossing.

Currently, crews are breaking ice across the river from the Minnesota shoreline to the Wisconsin shoreline. This causes thin, irregular and dangerous ice conditions between Stillwater and Bayport. Crews plan to regularly break ice on the river throughout winter 2014-15. For safety reasons, we need everyone to use extreme caution and stay away from the construction area. Warning signs will soon be placed on the ice near the bridge.
 
thin ice warning St. Croix River Crossing
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Public Access to the St. Croix River (Summer)
There are numerous locations to launch your boat on the St. Croix River.
DNR-managed boat launches are free, but parking is limited.
State and county parks are a good alternative, as well as fee-for-launch locations.
Beanies at Maui's Landing
Beanie’s at Maui’s Landing
Boat Launch and Bait Shop, Pontoon Boat, Fishing Boat, Houseboat and Jetski Rentals
Lakeland, MN
Beanie's provides public access to the St. Croix River. Rentals include pontoon boats, jetskis, fishing boats, and a houseboat. Beanie's is located immediately south of the I-94 Interstate bridge, just across the river from Hudson, WI.
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Windmill Marina Afton, MN
Windmill Marina
Public Boat Launch, Gas Dock, Ships Store, Boat Repair, Boat Slips and Storage
Afton, MN
Windmill Marina provides public access to the St. Croix River, as well as numerous other services to support your day on the water. Tie up to Afton's city docks and walk downtown for lunch or dinner.
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Popular Boat Launch Sites / Upper St. Croix River
Interactive Maps  for the Upper St. Croix River published by the National Park Service
Lions' Park  St. Croix Falls, WI
Minnesota Interstate State Park  Taylors Falls, WI
Popular Boat Launch Sites / Lower St. Croix River
Public Access - Lower St. Croix River - published by the Minnesota DNR
William O'Brien State Park  (Marine on St. Croix, MN) - A park sticker is required
Boom Site (Stillwater) - DNR public access located two miles north of downtown Stillwater. This is no fee at this access, but parking is limited.
Beanie's at Maui's Landing (Lakeland, MN) - Wide launch, but limited room for maneuvering. Minnows, crawlers, and basic gear sold in store. Launch fee is $10 weekdays, $15 on weekends.
Windmill Marina (Afton, MN) - Wide launch with ample room for maneuvering. Minnows and crawlers sold at gas dock. Launch fee is $16 weekdays, $23 on weekends.
St. Croix River Bluffs Regional Park  (Afton, MN) - A park sticker is required.
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