UPDATE: St. Croix River to Reach 683 Feet for May 4 Fishing Opener

Check this post for Hudson flood updates during the 2013 spring flood season as waters rise on the St. Croix River.

The St. Croix River has reached 680 feet.

As of 12 a.m. Monday, the river level was 680.3 feet, according to the National Weather Service. At 684 feet, the river reaches the second tier at Lakefront Park.

The river is expected to rise above 683 feet by Saturday, May 4, which is the fishing opener on the St. Croix River.

At 683 feet, Minnesota and Wisconsin may impose a no wake zone on the St. Croix River. Check back for more details this week.

“Action level” is 680 feet. Flood stage is 687 feet.

UPDATED FROM April 22 2013 11:30pm

Spring flooding is set to start in downtown Hudson this week.

As of 11 p.m. Monday, the St. Croix River has reached 678.2 feet in Stillwater, according to the National Weather Service. The seawall at Lakefront Park is 680 feet.

The river is expected to rise above “action level” by Monday, April 29, according to the National Weather Service, when water levels are predicted to reach 680.4 feet.

About the Water Levels

The average water level in Hudson is 675 feet. The following are elevations (in feet) of various areas in Hudson that are prone to flooding, according to the city's flood work plan:

  • Seawall at Lakefront Park: 680
  • Second tier at Lakefront Park: 684
  • Lowest elevation of Front Street: 684.9
  • First Street (between Buckeye Street and Commercial Street): 685.8
  • Floor of Buckeye Street Garage: 686.75
  • Top of Lake Mallalieu dam gates: 688.3
  • Slab elevation at Lakefront Park bathhouse: 690
  • Top of Dike Road: 691
  • Abandoned railroad bed north of Vine Street to St. Croix Street: 692

Hudson Flood History

The highest flood elevations (in feet) in Hudson history (as measured at Stillwater, MN) are the following, according to the National Weather Service:

  1. 694.1 on April 14, 1965
  2. 692.3 on April 27, 2001
  3. 692.2 on April 16,1969
  4. 691.1 on April 16, 2001
  5. 690.45 on April 12, 1997
  6. 689.7 on April 14, 1952
  7. 687.9 on June 28, 1993
  8. 687.5 on April 6, 1986
  9. 687.3 on April 30, 1975
  10. 687.28 on April 12, 2011
  11. 686.09 on March 31, 2011
  12. 685.93 on March 25, 2010


The statistics and forecasts from this article come from the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service (NOAA-NWS).

Editor’s Note: Check this post for Hudson flood updates during the 2013 spring flood season as waters rise on the St. Croix River.


The St. Croix River in Hudson is expected to be a moderate risk of flooding this spring, according to the National Weather Service.

Although the St. Croix has been included in the normal risk of flooding list, forecasters are not concerned about the potential for major flooding this spring.

The St. Croix River level was 678.2 feet at 11 a.m. on April 21 in Stillwater, according to the National Weather Service. The river is expected to rise to 679.9 by Sunday, April 28.


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