ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis - The day use area and new motorized boat launch at Osceola Landing on the St. Croix River will be open this upcoming weekend. The NPS recently completed a project to increase pedestrian safety, improve traffic flow, and enhance visitor experience by separating motorized and non-motorized uses. Minor construction-related activities will continue to complete the project. Potable water is not available yet. Please bring your own drinking water.
Osceola Landing is the busiest NPS landing on the St. Croix River National Scenic Riverway. Well known as the take-out point for the popular day trip from Minnesota or Wisconsin Interstate Park through the Dalles, the landing also provides access for motorized boats and paddlers headed downstream.
A new motorized boat launch is the most significant change at Osceola Landing. This change separated the launching and landing of motorized and nonmotorized watercraft to address safety issues and congestion among pedestrians, motorized boaters, and non-motorized boaters. Additional parking, a paved walking path with informational signage, a new orientation and waiting area, new vault toilets, and upgrades to the comfort station are also now provided at Osceola Landing.
“We are excited to welcome visitors back to Osceola Landing Day Use Area. This project was a significant undertaking, and we appreciate everyone’s patience during the construction process and flood delays.” said Craig Hansen, superintendent of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.
The NPS awarded a contract to Nordic Group, Inc., based in Carlton, Minnesota and construction activities were completed from spring of 2022 through summer of 2023. Record flooding in the spring of 2023 delayed project completion.
A second phase of work at Osceola Landing will update the parking lot and boat launches adjacent to the Highway 243 Bridge. This work will begin after the upcoming Highway 243 Bridge replacement project is completed.
The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a unit of the National Park System, was established by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968. It is one of a group of eight rivers in the country which first received this recognition. For over 200 miles, the St. Croix and its tributary, the Namekagon, flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.