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Three navigable rivers, including The Namekagon River, link 250 miles of St. 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 Riverway.
    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 allowed.
    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 dams.
   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 .


 The 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

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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 Trego.

   Local outfitters offer river travel by rented canoe, kayaks or inner tubes. They also provide shuttle service up or down the Namekagon.

   The Loyhead and SawMill Lake Primitive Canoe Routes let you relive the voyageurs that ran these rivers over 250 years ago. The Loyhead journey is trail-marked, including portages. The system meanders through 30 lakes, if you choose to go, including some beautiful landlocked glacial lakes with steep banks and wooded shorelines.   
     The Sawmill lake route has 20 primitive campsites with fire rings, no electricity. Boat launch and dock open shelter, vault toilets, hand pump for water. There are 9 lakes accessible by portages. The campground is located 16 miles east of Spooner on Hwy 70 and 1 1/2 miles south on B. 
5 Miles East on Birchwood Fire Lane

  For more information call (715) 635-4490. 

Other marked Canoe routes are the Yellow River in the southern part of the County and the Totogatic River in the North.
   The Yellow River provides lake and stream canoeing with slow to moderate current and a few gentle rapids. Little has changed along these routes, and there are campsites located along the way for the true outdoor adventurers who make a longer than one day trip.

For more information on these routes,
contact the Washburn County Forest Administration at 715-635-4490