The St. Croix is a stunning National Scenic Riverway located just outside of the Twin Cities, making it the perfect day trip. As you paddle in our 24-foot North canoes, take in views of the rocky palisades lining the shore. Keep your eyes peeled for soaring eagles, great blue herons, and soft-shelled turtles. This day trip is perfect for first-timers and seasoned paddlers alike!
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Day 1: Enjoy a 4 hour paddle along this Wild and Scenic River.
8:00 am - Meet at Osceola Landing on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix River, see attached for directions. Leave as many vehicles as possible at Osceola Landing, assign vehicles for car pooling and travel to Interstate State Park to begin the trip. 8:30 - 9:00 am - After an orientation to canoeing on the St. Croix, and an overview of safety procedures, load up the canoes and begin the trip down the St. Croix. Paddle past ancient petroglyphs on sheer rock walls. As you pass Eagle's nest campsite, you should keep a close eye out for eagles in the trees and herons wading by the river banks. 10:30 am - Stop for a quick snack break and games along the river banks. 12:30 -1:00 pm - Arrive at Osceola Landing for lunch. While lunch is prepared and served, Wilderness Inquiry staff will conduct a shuttle back to Interstate State Park to pick up any vehicles parked there. 2:30 - 3:00 pm - Say good-byes, load up the equipment and head back to the Twin Cities. The entire trip will be 6-8 miles and easily traversed in 4 hours.
Dates & Fees
Wilderness Inquiry leads trips to the St. Croix River but currently has no dates scheduled for this itinerary. If you have a group of people interested, we can set up a customized adventure just for you! Please contact us or request a trip quote below if you are interested in a group trip to this destination.Request Trip Quote »
What to Expect
TERRAIN/ROUTE CHOICES: The river banks are generally low throughout this section of the river. Sand bars are frequent, and some rocks are scattered along the route. There are no portages. Routes will depend on the water levels at the time of the trip.
TYPE OF TRAVEL/DISTANCE: Travel in 24-foot cedar strip canoes, which hold 6-9 paddlers, a boat captain, and all necessary gear. They are fast and stable boats, designed specifically for trips on big water. An average day’s travel will consist of 2-5 hours of paddling depending on the weather. The total distance travelled will be 6-8 miles.
WEATHER: Temperatures in the summer and fall months range from 35 F to 100 F. Rainfall can vary and you should expect the possibility of rain.
YOUR GROUP: The group size ranges from 20 to 60 participants, plus 4 or more Wilderness Inquiry staff. Each group consists of people of various ages, backgrounds and abilities, including people with disabilities. Our trips are cooperative in nature. Wilderness Inquiry staff will assist you in whatever areas you need, however most people pitch in where they can. Part of the adventure involves learning about daily camp activities.
EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING: Wilderness Inquiry will provide all group equipment. You will need to provide your personal gear as outlined in the packing list. If you are new to outdoor activities, you do not need to spend a lot of money. Wilderness Inquiry can usually arrange for you to borrow most items.Read more »