We are in one of Minnesota’s best areas for canoeing, with two national wild and scenic rivers, the Upper St. Croix and the Namekagon.
At Woodland Trails, there are canoeing options for novices and experts. For the novice, use our canoe for a trip around our private pond, Grace Lake Too.
A little more adventure is afforded by the nearby St. Croix River Scenic Riverway. Paddling down the river gives you a feeling of real wilderness since no buildings are visible from the river.
On a map of the St. Croix, you can see a short trip of just a mile and a half that takes less than and hour runs from Lower Tamarack Landing, which is just down the road from Woodland Trails, to Thayer’s Landing which is at the Highway 48/77 bridge. A little longer trip of 4-1/2 miles can take two or three hours and runs from the point where the Yellow River enters the St. Croix to Thayer’s Landing. For either of these trips, you can use our canoe and we will arrange a shuttle for you.
A longer trip of 13-1/2 miles runs from Riverside Landing to Thayer’s Landing. Even longer trips are available on the Namekagon River. For longer trips, you should bring your canoe and we’ll work with you on shuttle service or you can rent a canoe with shuttle service from Pardun Canoe Rentals in Danbury – 715-656-7881. Actually, Pardun has two bases of operations, one in Danbury and the other inside St. Croix State Park. (You do need a sticker to enter the park.)
On a warm summer day, floating in an inner tube down the St. Croix can be luxurious! Pardun’s Canoe Rental does tubing trips out of Danbury.
Two tubing cautions: Of course, bring sun screen! Also, we suggest taking the shortest trip possible, about one hour. Since the St. Croix is a scenic river with no buildings, you can’t get out of the river between the launch place and the bridge where you are picked up.