St Croix River Headwaters, Solon Springs, Douglas County WI

The entire St Croix River headwaters area is almost 280 square miles, which includes about 16 square miles of lake area. The headwaters is upstream from the St Croix National Scenic Riverway and includes the St Croix Flowage in Gordon, an 8-mile segment of the St Croix River, the Upper St Croix Lake, the Eau Claire River, and the Eau Claire Lake Chain.

Upper St Croix Lake, an 855-acre lake, is located in south central Douglas County and is the headwaters of the St. Croix River. Some 14 small inlets bring cool water into the lake’s 22-foot depths along with a variety of aquatic species. Natural reproduction is good for Walleye and Northern Pike, and Walleye numbers are often bolstered with stockings by the DNR. The lake supports good fishery for Walleye and Northern, as well as for Largemouth Bass and Panfish. There are even a few Brook and Brown Trout.

Walleye are popular in the Spring and Fall. There are 10 public landings. The lake is only a few blocks east of the village of Solon Springs where groceries, tackle, hardware, and brew are readily available.

Nearby there are vast areas of public land; numerous lakes, streams, trails, and golf courses are just minutes away. You’ll also find great hunting, hiking, biking, skiing, snowmobiling, ATVing, and more.

It’s an easy half hour commute from Duluth-Superior; just 2.5 hours from the Twin Cities. Less than 2 miles from Hwy 53.

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