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St. Croix River is a National Park

Monday, April 30, 2018

by St. Croix River Association

Fast Facts about the River

Many people who spend time on the St. Croix are unaware that it's actually a National Park. The Upper St. Croix became a national park in 1968 after President Lyndon B. Johnson approved the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (WSR), created so that many of the United States' beautiful and culturally rich rivers could be "preserved in free-flowing condition, and that they and their immediate environments shall be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations." In 1972 the 27 miles below Taylors Falls, MN was added to the park, and the 25 miles after that became state-administered river in 1976.

Ways to Protect the River

Supporting groups such as the National Park Service or environmental non-profit organizations leads to better care of areas such as the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers.

The St. Croix River Association is dedicated to preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species as we protect, restore and celebrate the St. Croix River and its watershed.

 Learn more about our programs and ways you can get involved by visiting our website at

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