St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Seeks Input on Draft Option

St. Croix National Scenic Riverway will host a public open house meeting regarding the final draft design option for Osceola Landing.  An interdisciplinary team has taken a comprehensive look at Osceola Landing for increasing visitor safety, improving operations for commercial use and enhancing the overall visitor experience. The project seeks to address motorized and non-motorized boat use, parking and wayfinding, day uses (e.g. fishing, picnicking, walking, etc.), natural resource protection and messaging and interpretation.

Public Meeting:

March 24 from 5 p.m. to 7p.m.

(Doors open at 5 p.m.; presentation begins at 5:15 p.m.)

Osceola Discovery Center, Room 205, 310 Chieftain Street, Osceola, Wisconsin

If you need any accommodations to participate, contact Mark Denker at 715-483-2250 or mark_denker@nps.gov. To ensure that the requested accommodations are available, please contact no later than 10 days prior to the meeting.

Public input is vital to the success of this planning and design process. “The National Park Service was very pleased to hear from members of the community last fall. We’re looking forward to presenting the proposed option and continuing the conversation on how to best meet the goals of this project,” said Julie Galonska, St. Croix National Scenic Riverway superintendent. At the meeting, the park will provide a brief presentation describing the draft option, followed by an opportunity for the public to ask questions and share perspectives in an open house format.

Beginning March 13, the draft option can be viewed online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/sacn. In addition to the open house, comments will also be accepted through April 13 electronically at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/sacn (preferred method), or by sending comments to:

Mark Denker

St. Croix National Scenic Riverway

Osceola Landing Project

401 N. Hamilton Street

St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

Osceola Landing is the busiest National Park Service landing on the St. Croix River. 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. Additionally, the day use area is a place for picnicking, fishing, walking, and enjoying the beauty of the river.

For more information, please call 715-483-2274.

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.

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