St Croix River Info



  • StCroixRiver-Map*County Road 5 going East/West is 500th St and is now County Road 93
  • County Road 5 going North/South is River Road and is now County Road 56
  • County Road 3 going East/West is 530th St and is now County Road 56
  • County Road 3 going North/South is River Road and is now County Road 56

click here for full River map


The St Croix River is east of Rush City and is the border to Wisconsin. The river is a great destination for outdoor recreation, including:

  • Canoeing,
  • Kayaking,
  • Boating, 
  • Fishing, 
  • Tubing, 
  • Hiking on trails, 
  • Picnicking, 
  • Camping.

The St Croix River, designated in 1968 as a National Wild and Scenic Riverway, flows just a few miles east of Rush City and offers excellent bank fishing, especially from the little-used access area near old Ferry and Government roads.

Anglers find success fishing for walleye, muskie, northern pike, muskie, northern pike, small and largemouth bass, catfish and sauger. While sturgeons are present, any caught must be immediately released back into the water.

The St Croix's upper portion seems more like a wild stream featuring lofty pines and white-water tributaries, while the lower portion offers placid tree-shaded backwaters.

The heavily wooded banks of the upper St Croix valley are predominantly birch, maple, oak, aspen and basswood. The extensive forests of white pine that once covered the slopes disappeared during the valley's logging boom in the last half of the 19th century.

The St Croix has little prime waterfowl habitat and light hunting pressure; some of the species found there include mallard, wood duck, ring-necked duck and blue-winged teal. Upland game birds include ruffed grouse and woodcock. The most plentiful big-game animal is the white-tail deer. Other wildlife along the St Croix includes beaver, raccoon, otter, mink, muskrate and fox.

Administered by the National Park Service, the river's special designation helps preserve its beloved natural qualities while providing adequate access for recreation.

RIVER SPOTS (See Map for Locations)

  • Stevens Creek Landing
    • Boat Landing
    • Hiking Trail
    • Bathrooms
  • Hiking Trails
    • Off of River Road (County Road 56, Old County Road 5)
  • Old Railroad Bridge Landing
    • Boat Landing
    • Hiking Trail
    • Bathrooms & Picnic Table down the Trail
  • Ferry Landing
    • Boat Landing
    • Snowmobile Trail Crosses over River to Wisconsin
  • Frandsen Landing
    • Directions: Take River Road South of Ferry Landing 2 miles
    • Boat Landing
    • Rope Swing/Good Swimming Spot