St. Croix and Namekagon
River Kayak Trips

Explore the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers

One of the best ways to experience all that our national park has to offer is from the seat of a kayak. Paddle excursions with Wild Rivers Conservancy provide an opportunity for you to visit the St. Croix River or Namekagon River with the support of seasoned staff. Whether you chose a one-day trip, are looking for an overnight camping experience, or want to log some river time on one of the 3-day Namekagon paddles, our team will ensure that you are comfortable, safe, and prepared. These trips are suitable for a range of experience levels. Not sure which trip type is best for you? Feel free to contact our staff with any questions.

DAY PADDLES are a great way to explore what makes this riverway special.  Your experience will connect you to geology, wildlife, cultural resources, and other engaging aspects of this wild and scenic place. There's always something new to discover and learn about in this national park.

CAMPING PADDLES combine the rustic nature of tent camping with the support of a guided paddle. Paddle to your campsite without the need to haul your gear. Enjoy a meal, a night under the stars, and coffee riverside. Let our staff lead the way on this outdoor adventure.

(2024 dates & availability TBD)

NAMEKAGON 3-DAY PADDLES offer the best of nature with the comfort of hotel stays, hot meals, and a support team to do your heavy-lifting. These 40-mile trips will take you down beautiful stretches of the Namekagon River that connect you to the truly wild and scenic aspects of the St. Croix watershed.

2024 Three-Day Paddle Dates:

May 19 - 21, 2024

June 9 - 11, 2024

EXPERIENCE THE NAMEKAGON RIVER on a 3-day river journey that takes you down the Namekagon River from Cable to Springbrook, Wisconsin. The Namekagon River, located in northwestern Wisconsin just a few hours outside of the Twin Cities, offers an idyllic setting for those that want to connect with what makes this watershed the gem that it is today. Let our experienced staff guide you down this wild and scenic waterway. You will experience quiet, tranquil stretches where river redhorse swim under your kayak, turtles bask in the sun, and if you're lucky, a sturgeon or otter is spotted. Through the turns and bends, you will paddle through small rapids, under bridges, and around wild rice. Our paddle lead guides the way while our paddle sweep ensures no one paddles alone.

Our staff will ensure your comfort and safety - and fun! From the moment you arrive, you will be supported as needed for the duration of your trip. Whether it's making sure your PFD vest fits correctly or you get some tips on how to navigate one of the chutes, someone will be near to lend a hand.

These trips are a Wild Rivers Conservancy signature event and fill up quickly. We welcome any questions that you may have. Interested in a private excursion of the same type? Reach out to us for private paddle planning options at 715-483-3300.