For the third straight summer, J.R. Hunter is spending as much time as possible sailing the St. Croix River on his 34-foot Catalina sailboat, docked at Bayport Marina.
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. Hunt, the chairperson of the local chapter of the Prairie Enthusiasts, says prescribed burns of prairie remnants are key to the survival of native plants and ecosystems.
“We have to go out and burn to keep the brush down,” Hunt says, adding native prairies are fire-dependent ecosystems. “A prairie can’t last without fire and maintenance. It’s impossible for a native prairie remnant to exist without help anymore.”
True North Map Company's fabric maps are durable, multipurpose guides that also serve as keepsakes.
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.
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.
Warmer temperatures extend an invitation to create livable spaces beyond the patio doors and into our gardens and yard.
DIRO Outdoors now offers self-serve bike rentals in downtown Stillwater.
Nineteen-year-old Violet Penman is a graduate of Hudson High School and a student at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.
For local boat sales, slip leasing, storage and maintenance information, check out these local marinas and boat dealers.
The upcoming St. Croix Flyway Bird Migration Celebration champions the international partnership.