Day trips on the St. Croix

Beginning to plan a trip to WI next year. We’d like to find a good campground for our RV, preferably with electricity. Planning to take some day trips on the St. Croix/Nemakegon (any advice regarding nice sections, shuttle services would be welcome also). Additionally, we like to bicycle and hike, so nice road routes or trails nearby would be a plus. Would prefer county/ state/ national parks to private (more rustic, quiet) but that’s not a dealbreaker. Look forward to any help you all might offer!


The Namekagon river has some really nice canoeing to it. My wife and I love the river. The section from Hayward down to Trego has more rapids then the section from County K landing down to Riverside Landing on the St.Croix. If you didn’t have the trailer I’d reccommend camping at the campsites on the river. For outfitters you can’t go wrong with Jack’s Canoe in Trego. They are very helpful and give great service. They do shuttles if you have your own canoe or kayak plus rent them. The section just up river a few miles from Trego gets a lot of tubers on it. If you have any other questions let me know. Sorry I can’ help you out with campgrounds.

Start with some good maps.

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Get one of those highly detailed state maps from DeLorme or the competing brand (I don't know the "new" brand of book-style map of Wisconsin, but there's a very good one that's available now, other than DeLorme). You can normally find these at book stores and sporting-goods stores. If you haven't looked yet, do. Such stores in this area carry book-style maps for states all around the midwest, and yours may too. If not, a bookstore can order one for you.

For the Namekagon, National Forest land won't be far away, and there are campgrounds there. I just looked at a basic highway map and see that there are several county parks "with facilities" in the area closer to the St. Croix, as well as a couple of state parks on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix. State Parks usually have campgrounds, and many county parks are set up for RV camping but many are not, so that would take a bit of research.