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Wilds of the Croix: Explore the Kettle River Backwaters (Paddle)

July 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Spend your Saturday on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, one of America’s first wild and scenic rivers and a national park, with the St. Croix River Association and a National Park Service Ranger.

This scenic paddle will venture off the main channel of the river and into the Kettle River Slough, one of the Riverway’s best kept secrets. Saturday in the Slough will reveal the wild side of the St. Croix as we experience the aquatic and terrestrial life; eagles, otters, heron, mergansers and osprey are some of the animals we may encounter.

During the paddle, participants will learn about the glacial and human history of the Riverway as we paddle through the ancient Glacial Duluth spillway and make a stop at an old copper paint mine.

Trip Rating: 4 (This paddle is recommended for experienced paddlers)

Trip Distance: 12 miles (Nelson’s Landing to Hwy 70 Landing)

Important Reminders:

  • This paddle is for adults, ages 18 and up.
  • This paddle requires you to bring your own boat and paddle.
  • We require participants to wear PFD’s and will have extra PFD’s on hand.

Cost: $25 per adult

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Nearest town to meeting place: Grantsburg, WI

County: Burnett County

Trip meeting address: Hwy 70 Landing

Driving directions: 

Coming from Grantsburg, WI:

  1. Follow Hwy 70 4 ½ miles west and the Hwy 70 Landing will be on the north side of the road before you cross the bridge over the St. Croix River (if you cross the river you went too far)
  2. Look for the brown St. Croix National Scenic Riverway landing signage

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Participant Packing List:

  • Equipment: kayak, paddle, PFD
  • Water shoes (Please, no flip flops)
  • Appropriate layers for the weather
  • Sun Protection: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Nourishment: lunch, snacks, plenty of water
  • Dry bag: Can be as simple as a Ziplock bag to keep your belongings dry


SCRA Outside events are alcohol-free, drug-free, smoke-free, and weapon-free.


July 20
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Hwy 70 Landing