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Head south from downtown Stillwater on the St. Croix River Water Trail to the confluence of the Mississippi River in Prescott, WI where it continues a southern march all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Fun fact: The St. Croix is the Mississippi’s cleanest tributary.

Other nearby rivers/lakes offer great adventure as well! Find your favorite water way to explore : MN Water Trails (St. Croix River Route) and WI Water Trails. The nearest lakes are Lake Elmo, Square Lake, or Big Marine.

Talk about scenic – for those who simply enjoy looking at the water, view the river valley by car following the St. Croix Scenic Byway.

Discover the River

Stillwater is located on the St. Croix River, a National Scenic Riverway designated by the National Park System with Stillwater at the southern end of the Lower St. Croix section. The St. Croix was one of the first rivers protected in 1968 by the U.S. Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and remains a beautiful waterway to be admired and advocated for today with the Wild Rivers Conservancy. The St. Croix River is also part of the North Woods & Waters of the St. Croix Heritage District hoping for national recognition soon.

“Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway, formed by the St. Croix and Namekagon, offers clean water for paddle boating and fishing.

Calm or dancing waters surrounded by shades of green, the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway provides 252 miles of recreational opportunities. Canoe amid the northwoods, where wolves, deer, otter and porcupine can be seen or boat surrounded by wooded bluffs and historic towns.

This corridor provides scenic views and a haven for wildlife. The clean, sparkling river water shelters native mussels, dragonflies, and fish. Overhead, eagles, osprey, kingfisher and warblers fly and nest. Closer at hand raccoons, fox, and bear may be glimpsed. A glimpse of the River’s past can also be seen on the landscape. A stone wall, a steel ring, a cabin or a metal bridge recalls earlier times. Dakota, Ojibwe, voyageurs, loggers and settlers have all known this river.” ~ National Park Foundation

So much is to be explored beyond the shores of town. The Stillwater Islands area (just north of downtown), between the Soo Line High Bridge and Stillwater, is popular with houseboats, cabin cruisers, pontoons, and fishing boats.

Enjoy swimming, fishing (common species, boat access and shore angling) and water craft of all kinds from kayaks to SUP, yachts to speed boats or large chartered cruises aboard an authentic all-American paddlewheel ship. Use Stillwater as your overnight base as you explore the region by water with your own boat or a rental with several nearby marinas.

Boomsite Marina

Boomsite Marina offers slip rental options from 20’ - 34’ in a protected harbor. Most of our slips have water/electricity at the dock, fiberglass dock boxes to store your personal items, and on-site showers & restrooms.

Brown Dog Paddleboard Co.

Group paddleboard instruction, rentals, SUP yoga, and SUP fitness on nearby Square Lake at the Golden Acres RV Park entrance and via Washington County Parks.

Gondola Romantica

Cruise the river in an authentic Venetian gondola for two.

Hook, Line, and Sinker

Let over 45 years of experience being in the woods and on the water help guide you to your best day in the great outdoors. HLS Guide Service specializing in the North East Metro lakes and upper St Croix river. Offering all season, multi-species fishing, half day and evening trips available.

Lady Chateau Private Yacht

For small wedding celebrations, charter your very own yacht on the St. Croix River. The Lady Chateau is the Midwest’s premiere charter yacht. This million and a half-dollar vessel cruises the beautiful and historic St. Croix River. From the moment you board, you are surrounded in the unparalleled luxury of warm teak interiors, leather furnishings, and beautiful art.

Ole Sawmill Marina

Ole Sawmill Marina is a marina on the St. Croix River just north of our Historic Downtown.

Rent St. Croix Jet Ski

Jet ski personal watercraft rentals delivered to you!

St. Croix Stand Up Paddleboards

St. Croix SUP offers stand-up paddleboard and kayak rentals at nearby rivers and lakes with drop-off and pick-up service within the St. Croix Valley (within 10 miles of the 55082 Stillwater, MN zip code). Public boat launches and beaches are the best places to take off. Going to the cabin for the weekend? We have straps and portable racks to transport the boards.

Stillwater Boat Club

Daily pontoon rentals for the half or full day conveniently located downtown Stillwater. The St. Croix River is also a part of Your Boat Club which is a great alternative to owning a boat giving you access to a variety of types of boats.

Stillwater Marina Services and Boat Rental

Our customers experience worry-free boating, splash 'n' store drystacking and many other marine services.

Stillwater Public Boat Slips

Sixteen boat slips are available for use by boaters at no charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. Four of the slips are for overnight use (three night maximum stay). Electricity and water hookups are available for a fee. Contact (651) 430-1234 for further information. The slips can be found behind the large Andiamo paddle wheeler and other excursion boats, just south of the Dock Café.

Stillwater River Boats

Take a trip down the beautiful St. Croix River on a historic paddle-wheel boats. Public and private charters available.

Sunnyside Marina

Sunnyside Marina is the premier marina on the St. Croix River, just south of the historic lift bridge in Stillwater, MN.

Wahoo Adventures

Guided Kayak tours on the St. Croix River and snowshoeing through beautiful landscapes for all skill levels.

Wolf Marina

Boat slips for lease and purchase.

National Parks Did you know? 14 FREE boat tie-up slips are available downtown including 4 overnight slips.
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