The Source of the Saint Croix River (Solon Springs, WI)

Near Solon Springs, Wisconsin, the Saint Croix River begins as a small creek flowing from a wetland area just north of Upper Saint Croix Lake. From this same wetland, another small stream flows northward toward Lake Superior. That trickle eventually becomes the Brule River, a world-famous destination for paddlers and anglers.

Imagine a single raindrop that falls precisely in the center of this headwaters area and strikes the edge of a certain alder leaf. After the raindrop splits in two, its northern half travels down the Brule and through all of the Great Lakes before eventually ending up in the Atlantic. Its southern half travels down the Saint Croix River and the Mississippi all the way to Gulf of Mexico. (In theory. In reality, of course, it’s all one big sponge that leaks from both ends.)

The best way to explore this special place without becoming trapped in hip-deep mud while being attacked by bloodthirsty mosquitos? Dress warmly and hike in on a January morning when the temperature is below zero. Or, if that’s not for you, then just sit back and enjoy the video.

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