Osceola Landing loop road now open for winter
Effective immediately, the National Park Service (NPS) will open the loop road at Osceola Landing, part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.
The road, normally closed during the winter months, is being opened to provide vehicular access to the entire landing area. It may still close temporarily in snowy conditions.
The NPS is opening the loop road on a trial basis. A decision on vehicular access to the entire landing during future winters will be made after impacts to the landing are evaluated in the spring.
"We hope that the public will serve as strong stewards of the St. Croix River at Osceola Landing, paying particular attention to picking up trash and cleaning up after pets," remarked Superintendent Chris Stein.
The public is encouraged to use the landing area for appropriate activities. Traditional winter activities, including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing, are allowed.
When ice conditions are favorable, snowmobile use on the St. Croix River south of the Highway 243 bridge is permitted.
Littering is not allowed and all trash should be carried out. Glass containers are not permitted at the landing. Pets must have a collar with an identification tag, be vaccinated, have valid vaccination tags, and be on a leash no longer than six feet in length. Pet excrement must be gathered up and removed from park property.
Possession or consumption of alcohol is prohibited at Osceola Landing.
Dangerous ice conditions and open water remain on the St. Croix River. Visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' website for information on ice safety. http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/index.html
Osceola Landing is located on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix River, off of Highway 243, a quarter mile west of Osceola.
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 255 miles, the St. Croix and its tributary, the Namekagon, flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.