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The Blueberry Special

The Blueberry Special, a branch of the St. Paul and Duluth Railroad Company, ran between Rush City, Minnesota, and Grantsburg, Wisconsin, beginning in 1884. It crossed the St. Croix River at the Old Railroad Bridge, five miles east of Rush City. It made two round trips each day: one in the morning and one at […]

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Portaging from the Bois Brule to Upper Lake St. Croix

In June 2000, I poled up the Bois Brule River then took historic portage path to Upper Lake St. Croix. From there, I traveled down the length of the St. Croix and descended the Mississippi to La Crosse where I live. Here is my journal entry of Day 4 when I portaged over the divide the separates […]

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Big game hunting on the St. Croix River

I have caught Amberjack in the Gulf of Mexico, walleye, northern pike, bass and panfish all over the Midwest, and now my wife and I are happy catching the sunfish and crappies from our dock on Ward Lake near Frederic, Wisconsin. But by far my greatest fishing thrills came from my “secret fishing spot” on […]

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Kettle River Paddle Festival

The Kettle River Paddle Festival takes place each spring in and near Sandstone, Minnesota and Banning State Park. The weekend-long event includes a downriver race, a “Whitewater Rodeo” in the Kettle’s famous rapids, and lots of time for socializing at the Gaslight Bar in Sandstone. More: http://www.kettleriverpaddlefest.com/ http://www.facebook.com/KettleRiverPaddleFestival

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Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake

Very few places enjoy a history so representative of this region. Come to Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake to find out how so much history can be encompassed in natural beauty. The land where the park is now located was inhabited by the Dakotas of the Sioux Nation followed by the Chippewa of the Ojibwa […]

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River Falls, Wisconsin- The Swinging Bridge at Glen Park

One of the most beloved icons of River Falls, Wisconsin, is its Swinging Bridge. As a gateway between historic Glen Park and Cascade Avenue, the bridge offers a wonderful view of the South Fork rapids as they begin their entry into the Kinnickinnic River. Glen Park, a 41 acre park established in 1898, is the […]

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Mercord Mill Park- where the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers Meet

Prescott, Wisconsin is where the St. Croix River flows into the Mississippi River. The mouth of the St. Croix empties its sapphire blue waters into the mighty Mississippi, and all this is visible at Mercord Mill Park, just a block or two away from downtown Prescott (for a bluff side view of the mixing of […]

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Sandrock Cliffs

This unique stretch of the St. Croix, near Grantsburg, has cliffs about 50 feet high that come right up to the water’s edge. Except for the Dalles, I don’t know anywhere else on the river with such a canyon. It feels like you could be in a pretty exotic location, but it’s the amazing river […]

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