Thursday, March 28, 2013
The recent reports that zebra mussels have been dropping in numbers along the final 20 miles of the St. Croix is big news for boaters, swimmers and the river's native species. That trend doesn't look like it will change this year.
One of the most dreaded invasive species, zebra mussels, are on a nationally recognized steep decline on the St. Croix River, to the point where a 2011 report states the abrasive creatures are all but gone. The good news? Last year's counts didn't ring any alarm bells that the mussels were on the way back. That's good news just weeks before boaters hit the water for fishing season and other recreation activities. The 2011 report, filed by the National Park Service and handed over to the United States Corps of Engineers about a year ago, states the search for fingernail-sized mussels, which have spread rampantly through lakes across Minnesota, came up empty in the river's deep basin, known as Lake St. Croix. The report shows that the …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The National Park Service issues a reminder that there is "no such thing as guaranteed safe ice" as ice out occurs on the St. Croix River.
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Tuesday, March 26
The following is a news release from the National Park Service: With the looming spring thaw, the National Park Service is encouraging the public to use extreme caution as ice out occurs on local rivers. There is no such thing as guaranteed safe ice. People venturing out on ice should follow these guidelines: For more information, visit the Minnesota DNR's website. A reminder about snowmobile use at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway:
Thursday, February 28, 2013
A report conducted by Michigan State University says 273,729 people visited the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in 2011, and spent about $8.8 million in the surrounding communities. That spending supported 137 jobs in the area.
Visitors to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway spent more than $8 million in communities surrounding the park, according to a new report released by the National Park Service. The report — conducted by Michigan State University for the National Park Service — says 273,729 people visited the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in 2011, and spent about $8.8 million in the surrounding communities. That cash supported 137 jobs in the area. “The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is a wonderful place to learn about America’s story,” Park Superintendent Chris Stein said in a news release. “We attract visitors from across the U.S. and around the world who come here to experience the park and then spend time and money enjoying the services …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
President Johnson presented the pen to then Senator Walter Mondale on Oct. 2, 1968 after the signing ceremony for the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
A pen used by President Lyndon B. Johnson to sign the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act into law has been donated to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and is now on display at the St. Croix River Visitor Center in St. Croix Falls. According to a news release from the National Park Service: The St. Croix and its tributary, the Namekagon, were among the first eight rivers in the nation protected under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. They were also the only rivers among those eight designated as a unit of the National Park System, now known as the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. "Literally with the stroke of this pen, the United States embraced a policy of river protection, placing value on clean, free flowing water. We are deeply honored …