Fauna Around the St. Croix River

Fast Facts about the River Thanks to the St. Croix River the surrounding area boasts a tremendous amount of wildlife! Four types of turtles are common in and around the St. Croix: the painted turtle, snapping turtle, softshell turtle, and map turtle! Deer are also common and can be spotted playing around or swimming in […]

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Geology of the St. Croix River

Photo Credit: Gary Noren Fast Facts about the River The St. Croix was formed over the span of four different geological epochs that occurred 1 million to 10,000 years ago, making it half a million years older than the first homo sapiens! During the Cambrian period, about 500 million years ago, most of the local […]

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Bald Eagles on the St. Croix

Fast Facts about the River It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, you were right the first time, it’s a bird. A bald eagle to be exact! If you’ve spent a good chunk of time out on the St. Croix River you’ve probably seen one of these magnificent birds. 50 years ago you wouldn’t have […]

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St. Croix River Water Quality

Photo Credit: Marceleen Mosher Fast Facts about the River The St. Croix River is one of the cleanest in the world! For the number of boaters that travel the waters each year that is a pretty impressive accomplishment. However, water quality is a growing concern on the St. Croix. Much of the land use in the […]

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Invasive Zebra Mussels – Part 2

Fast Facts about the River You may have noticed that you can’t take your boat any further north than the Stillwater High Bridge. This is due to an aquatic invasive species called zebra mussels, which are extremely harmful to the St. Croix’s 41 species of native mussels. Zebra mussels were discovered in the St. Croix […]

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The St. Croix Watershed

Fast Facts about the River The St. Croix Riverway has a watershed of almost 8,000 square miles, which is roughly the same size as the country of Wales. It contains all 160 miles of the Riverway stretching from Solon Springs, WI to Prescott, WI. The watershed includes the Kinnickinnic River, the Namekagon River, Trego Lake, […]

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Native Mussels in Minnesota

Fast Facts about the River The St. Croix River boasts of having 41 different types of native mussels making it one of the most diverse mussel watersheds in the world! Mussel reproduction is a fascinating process and not only requires male and female mussels but also fish to carry the mussel larvae. Once the larvae […]

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St. Croix Crossing Opening August 3, 2017!

The bridge over the St. Croix River near Stillwater, from the Minnesota side, looking east to Wisconsin, June 28, 2017. (Scott Takushi / Pioneer Press) St. Croix Crossing Will Open for Traffic Aug. 3 space By MARY DIVINE | mdivine@pioneerpress.com | Pioneer Press PUBLISHED: June 28, 2017 at 1:12 pm | UPDATED: June 29, 2017 at 1:37 pm  Space Commuters and cabin-goers, […]

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Invasive Carp 2017

Fast Facts About the River  Invasive carp, one of the St. Croix River’s invasive species, can actually cause damage to boaters and boats. There are four types of invasive carp: grass, black, bighead and silver. Silver is the one to look out for. They are known to jump out of the water at high speeds […]

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Phosphorous In the Water

Photo credit: Michelle Prosser Fast Facts about the River One pound of phosphorous can create 500 pounds of algae! Phosphorous pollution is one of the St. Croix River’s biggest environmental issues. This mineral can dramatically increase the growth rate of algae in the water, to the point where the ecosystem is no longer able to […]

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