Namekagon River: Wisconsin's Moving National Park
The Namekagon River is the northern tributary of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a federally protected wild and scenic riverway stretching 250 miles through Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Namekagon flows for nearly 50 miles through Washburn County. The National Park Service maintains primitive campsites accessible by water only.
Most of the Namekagon portion of the riverway is entirely undeveloped, offering kayakers/canoeists a genuine wilderness experience. The riverbanks are abundant with deer, muskrat, beaver, turtles and blue herons. Osprey and bald eagles are also seen.
The Namekagon River offers everything from rapids for the experienced kayaker/canoeist to wide, quiet flowages below the dams. Trout fishermen can meet their challenge, and anglers will fish to their heart's content. In most places, no development has been allowed within sight of the river, providing miles of unsurpassed beauty for canoeists and hikers. Tubing is one of the most popular ways to enjoy the river. Canoe, Kayak, Tube rentals and shuttles are available in Trego and Springbrook. For up to date river levels for the Namekagon River, click here.
The Namekagon District Visitor Center provides maps, field guides and information about camping and river conditions. Located on Hwy. 63 just north of Trego, the center features exhibits on local history, as well as an aquarium, slide show and children's touch table. Call (715) 635-8346 for hours.