The St. Croix Riverway Turns 50

“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.

The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was signed into place by former president Lyndon Johnson on October 2, 1968. It established an official national park system and a way to protect the rivers that run through them. Both the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers are protected by this important act and are managed by the National Park Service as America’s first Wild and Scenic River National Parks.

Lucky for us, these beautiful rivers form a 230-mile-long park we can appreciate right in our own backyard. This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of their protection.

The rivers flow through many beautiful and unpopulated areas, and offer outdoor enthusiasts a chance to enjoy many unique recreational activities.

This year, join the park service in celebrating the significance of the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers by planning a visit or participating in the many events and programs available. Events include the Wild and Scenic River Cruise where lunch, live jazz and information about the riverway will be provided.

Visit the park service’s website or Facebook page for more information about the 50th Anniversary Celebration as well as fun facts about the national park located right in our own backyard.

Our interview with nature photographer Craig Blacklock who shares details about his new book titled The St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers: The Enduring Gift.

Learn more about the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway at the website here.