Outdoors

Tent pitched in snowy woods

Winter camping may be just the vacation adventure you need to reconnect with nature. Serene scenes of fresh snow and a crackling fire are the stuff of peaceful dreams.

A boat cruise on the St. Croix River.

Enjoy the views of the majestic St Croix River. Our area is spoiled for choice when it comes to cruises. Whether it’s a regular trip up and down the river, or a themed cruise, there is something for everyone.

A native prairie in Minnesota, cared for by the local chapter of the Prairie Enthusiasts.

Evanne Hunt wears a yellow protective suit while she carefully watches a fire burn a strip of the native prairie she’s volunteered to protect over the past 25 years.

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As we approach our warmer months, boats will appear on the St. Croix River like a seasonal bloom that is joyfully anticipated by so many outdoor enthusiasts.

Jake Wisse and Ed Vater, Bending Branches, Outdoors,

Bending Branches makes paddles designed for stand up paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, longer excursions, day trips and whitewater as well as deeper lakes, rivers and salt water.

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DIRO Outdoors now offers self-serve bike rentals in downtown Stillwater.

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Nineteen-year-old Violet Penman is a graduate of Hudson High School and a student at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.

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For local boat sales, slip leasing, storage and maintenance information, check out these local marinas and boat dealers.

A hunting dog named Hattie practices retrieval.

Meet Hattie. She’s a hunting dog getting a little retrieval practice at Big Marine Lake.

“The purpose of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is to preserve, protect and enhance the value of the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers and their immediate environment for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations,” the National Park Service says.

Teacher, father, seasoned river veteran, businessman: owner of River Guide Kayaks Mike Kealy is a little bit of all of these, and more.

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