navigable rivers, including The Namekagon River, link 250 miles of
Croix National Scenic Riverway.
The Namekagon, the northern tributary of the St. Croix river, lies
within Washburn County for almost 50 of it's 100 miles. The
Namekagon is being preserved in its natural free state for present
and future generations as part of the St. Croix National Scenic
The Riverway, one
of the eight original in the National Wild and Scenic River System
is managed by the National Park Service. The Service maintains
primitive campsites accessible by water only. No motorized craft are
Most of the Namekagon is entirely undeveloped,
offering canoeists a genuine wilderness experience. The riverbanks
are abundant with deer, muskrat, beaver, turtles, blue heron, and
even osprey and bald eagles. The Namekagon offers everything from
rapids for the experienced canoeist to wide quiet flowages below the
These waters join the St. Croix river west of here and
eventually flow into the Mississippi. For more info visit the
St Croix National
Scenic Riverway web site or visit the Information Station
located on Hwy 63 just East of Trego. Phone (715)635-8346 .
MAP OF THE NAMEKAGON / St. CROIX RIVERS
Visitors Center offers information, and exhibits on river history .
Books for all ages on river history and wildlife are for sale. The
Center is open weekdays beginning mid-May, daily July 4 through
August and week-ends through September. The mailing address for more
info is P.O. Box 100 Trego, WI 54888
Trout, walleye and small-mouth bass fishermen can meet their challenge, and
there are a number of swimming beaches in the flowage areas. A float
down the river during fall color time is an experience not to be
missed. There are many access points along Hwy 63 east and west of
Local outfitters offer
river travel by rented canoe, kayaks or inner tubes. They also
provide shuttle service up or down the Namekagon.