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This National Scenic Riverway in Wisconsin is Simply Amazing

Courtesy of: Mariah Haberman, Discover Wisconsin

Did you know that a free national park flows right through Wisconsin?

The Namekagon River is, hands down, one of Wisconsin’s most beautiful waterways. It’s part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in northwest Wisconsin, which is the only river managed by the National Park Service. (In fact, the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway was the first river declared “Wild and Scenic” by congress back in 1968.)...

Winter on the Namekagon

Submitted by: Washburn County Tourism Association

A frosty coat covers the trees and the trails are covered with glistening snow. Winter has arrived on the Namekagon River. The Namekagon River: Wisconsin’s Moving National Park has slowed down for the year and transitioned into a stunning winter paradise. If you love winter photography, the Namekagon will not disappoint. While many of the river’s creatures have hibernated or headed south for the winter, you’re sure to catch a variety of birds such as the Canada Goose, Great Horned Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, Blue Jays and so many more. A checklist of common birds can be found on our birding page and shows the variety of species found on the river, what season to find them and even some location information. In addition to the incredible variety of birds, you’ll also find otters playing...

Namekagon River: Offering nearly any fishing experience you can think of

Submitted by: Max Wolter

Whether you like fishing for trout, smallmouth bass, musky, walleye, or even sturgeon, the Namekagon River has a fishing experience for you.

The upper reaches of the Namekagon offer world class fishing for trophy brown trout. Fishery surveys by DNR crews in 2018 found some of the strongest numbers of brown trout in the last decade, with fish topping out in the 20-inch range. Browns can be fished with flies or other artificial lures like spinners and Rapalas. Fall can be a great time to target the largest browns.

If you want to try some smaller water, several of the tributaries...

Fall Along the Namekagon River: Wisconsin’s Moving National Park

Submitted by: Washburn County Tourism Association

As the summer visitors head for home, the Namekagon River: Wisconsin’s Moving National Park is transitioning into the peaceful fall season. The Namekagon, part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, offers a free opportunity to explore one of the nation’s greatest treasures. Gentle rapids, abundant wildlife, and true north woods beauty are some of the main reasons that folks fall in love with this very special riverway. The crisp fall air and vivid colors along the river make this season an amazing time to visit. With less traffic than the summer months, September and October bring a sense of peace to the river where you can truly get away and reconnect with nature...

Eight Tips for Exploring the Namekagon River: Wisconsin's Moving National Park

Submitted by: Michelle Martin, Washburn County Tourism Association

Located in beautiful Northwest Wisconsin, the Namekagon River is a hidden gem. The Namekagon is part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and was one of the original eight rivers designated as wild and scenic rivers by the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. This river offers incredible access being close to the communities of Cable, Hayward, Trego and Danbury. Well-marked landings, campsites, and portages make the Namekagon a great opportunity for all experience levels. We’ve put together a handful of tips for you to help you have the best experience possible on the Namekagon River: Wisconsin’s Moving National Park...

Early Season Canoeing & Kayaking on the Namekagon

Submitted by: Namekagon River: Wisconsin's Moving National Park

Spring has finally landed in the Northwoods and the ice is out on the Namekagon River: Wisconsin’s Moving National Park. With the sun shining and warm weather upon us, the river is an early season canoeing and kayaking experience that you won’t want to miss. The early season is a great time of year for experienced paddlers to take to the river and enjoy some peaceful paddling time as the riverbanks start to spring to life. This time of year the riverway is greeted with many feathered friends making their way back after a winter away. Along your paddle you could...

Winter Fly Fishing on the Namekagon

Winter & Spring Trout Fishing

Submitted by: Hayward Fly Fishing Company

When I think of trout fishing on the Namekagon River, I am reminded of a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  "There was a little girl, who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead.  When she was good, she was very good indeed, but when she was bad she was horrid."  This little poem perfectly describes the nuances of trout fishing on the Namekagon.  When it is good, it is very good.  Trout Unlimited includes the Namekagon in its "Best 100 Trout Streams in America" collection...

Namekagon River: Exploring a Free National Park

Exploring a Free National Park: The Namekagon River

Submitted by: Washburn County Tourism

A free national park flows through the vast forests of northwest Wisconsin. This incredible gem is part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The Namekagon River begins in Bayfield County, flowing through Sawyer, Washburn and Burnett counties prior to meeting up with the St. Croix. While many people recognize the name, Namekagon River, few realize that this is part of the national park system...

Ainsley's Blog: Namekagon River

Ainsley's Blog: Namekagon River

I’m really excited to tell you about my first canoeing trip!  We went canoeing and camping on the Namekagon River.  I was really excited to sleep in a tent.  After packing our stuff we drove to the river and we dropped a car off to where we were going to end our trip.  Then we drove to the beginning of our trip on the river.  We used a canoe and...