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 Downstream from the Gordon Dam, you’ll enter the St Croix National Wild and Scenic Riverway.  (The Namekagon, which joins the St Croix River some distance downstream from here, is also part of the Wild and Scenic Riverway.)  From here, the river becomes much wilder. 

At any time of the year, the Upper St Croix has a remote, wilderness feel.  The dam at Gordon is the last one you’ll see until St Croix Falls (those are the only two on the entire river), and you’ll see very few roads or bridges.  Nor will you see any homes or cabins along this stretch of river.

The St Croix River offers some spectacular beauty whether paddling down the river, or just taking a few side trips along the river’s edge. Al and I did that on a crisp fall day.  St Croix Dr, north of County Rd T, Wascott, follows the St Croix River for several miles.