Explore Wild Rivers

Adventures and outings in every season!

Explore Wild Rivers aims to get people of all ages, abilities, and skill levels recreating in and connecting to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and its greater watershed. From guided hikes and paddles, to fly fishing workshops, to winter snowshoe walks—there are many ways to explore this wild and scenic place.
Let Explore Wild Rivers take you there!

Our Upcoming Events

River Week at the St. Croix Falls Public Library

June 25, 2018

It’s River Week at St. Croix Falls Public Library! Join us for river-themed activities all week to discover how the rivers are alive!   Let’s…

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River Week at the St. Croix Falls Public Library

June 26, 2018

It’s River Week at St. Croix Falls Public Library! Join us for river-themed activities all week to discover how the rivers are alive!   Let’s…

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River Week at the St. Croix Falls Public Library

June 27, 2018

It’s River Week at St. Croix Falls Public Library! Join us for river-themed activities all week to discover how the rivers are alive!   Let’s…

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DAY PADDLES

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Explore the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers with our fully-supported day paddles.

These trips offer a day on our wild and scenic rivers in a safe and fun environment.

A bonus for these guided trips is learning about geology, natural and cultural resources, and more. There's always something to discover in this national park. Join in the adventure! These trips are suitable for a range of experience levels, pick one that is right for you.

Registration is required and limited, and includes shuttle service, use of a kayak, a paddle, and a PFD.

Learn to Paddle: Lake O’ the Dalles, June 23

June 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Have you wanted to learn how to paddle but didn’t know how to get started? Do you know someone who would love to learn how to explore the river in a kayak? We’ve got you covered with FREE learn-to-paddle events on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer! Join Wild Rivers Conservancy Naturalist Jeremiah Walters at Wisconsin…

Naturalist Nights: St. Croix Savanna SNA

June 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Discover a hidden gem (and possibly your new favorite spot in the Riverway) during Naturalist Nights with Wild Rivers Conservancy Naturalist Jeremiah Walters! The St. Croix Savanna Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) is home to spectacular views of the St. Croix River and surrounding inland valleys. Experience one of the best remaining examples of hill…

Learn to Paddle: Lake O’ the Dalles, July 7

July 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Have you wanted to learn how to paddle but didn’t know how to get started? Do you know someone who would love to learn how to explore the river in a kayak? We’ve got you covered with FREE learn-to-paddle events on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer! Join Wild Rivers Conservancy Naturalist Jeremiah Walters at Wisconsin…

(SOLD OUT) Turtles of the Namekagon Paddle

July 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

**This event is now sold out. Please join us for an upcoming Explore Wild Rivers day paddle event!** Smooth softshell, false map, spiny softshell, snapping…the turtles of the Namekagon are fascinating animals living in a wild and scenic river. Get to know these reptilian Riverway residents during a guided kayak trip with Wild Rivers Conservancy…

Learn to Paddle: Lake O’ the Dalles, July 14

July 14 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Have you wanted to learn how to paddle but didn’t know how to get started? Do you know someone who would love to learn how to explore the river in a kayak? We’ve got you covered with FREE learn-to-paddle events on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer! Join Wild Rivers Conservancy Naturalist Jeremiah Walters at Wisconsin…

Sunset Guided Paddle

July 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Unwind after a busy day with a leisurely evening paddle on Lake St. Croix, led by Wild Rivers Conservancy Naturalist Jeremiah Walters! Watch the sun color the bluffs and hills of the Riverway in shimmering gold and take in the colors as dusk falls. Enjoy the community of the river as we all enjoy a…

Namekagon 3-Day Paddle – August 2021

August 1 @ 11:00 am - August 3 @ 5:00 pm

Limited space is now available on this paddle. Click here to learn more.   Registration for the 2021 Namekagon River Three-Day Paddle from August 1-3, 2021 is now open! Explore 40 miles of the Namekagon River on a fully supported kayak trip from Sunday, August 1-Tuesday, August 3, 2021! The tour includes all meals and…

Learn to Paddle: Lake O’ the Dalles, August 11

August 11 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Have you wanted to learn how to paddle but didn’t know how to get started? Do you know someone who would love to learn how to explore the river in a kayak? We’ve got you covered with FREE learn-to-paddle events on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer! Join Wild Rivers Conservancy Naturalist Jeremiah Walters at Wisconsin…

Mussels of the Croix Paddle

August 15 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Did you know that the St. Croix River is home to 41 species of mussels? Learn why the St. Croix is one of the best places in the world for mussels to live during this informational paddle, led by Wild Rivers Conservancy Naturalist Jeremiah Walters and University of Minnesota Research Biologist Mark Hove. Explore mussel…

Learn to Paddle: Lake O’ the Dalles, August 18

August 18 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Have you wanted to learn how to paddle but didn’t know how to get started? Do you know someone who would love to learn how to explore the river in a kayak? We’ve got you covered with FREE learn-to-paddle events on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer! Join Wild Rivers Conservancy Naturalist Jeremiah Walters at Wisconsin…

Namekagon River Three-Day Paddles

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Namekagon River Three-Day Paddles

June 13-15, 2021 (SOLD OUT)
August 1-3, 2021 (SOLD OUT)

Please note that both paddles are now sold out. If you are interested in being added to the waitlist for our June 13-15 or August 1-3, 2021 paddle, please contact us.

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Become a Volunteer Trip Leader

Get your paddle wet and hands dirty volunteering for the Wild Rivers Conservancy!

For more information, please contact Wendy Tremblay, Community Engagement Coordinator, or call: 715-483-3300