Resources

St. Croix River Resources

THE GOAL OF RIVERFEST is to encourage people to enjoy, understand and preserve the scenic he St. Croix River, a national treasure that flows right past our community in Hudson, Wisconsin. The following information is provided to building awareness of the river, our environment and education on the need to preserve our water quality.


The Health of the St. Croix River:

There is an ever-present need to preserve the health of the St. Croix River. The following reports and articles inform readers of some of the environmental challenges currently affecting the  riverway.

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The State of the St. Croix River Report:

Shared by The Wild Rivers Conservancy
The Wild Rivers Conservancy is the official nonprofit partner of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Together with the National Park Service and others, we create opportunities for people to experience and care for the Riverway.

View the State of the St. Croix River Report with an introduction, a StoryMap (a dynamic overview) and the complete State of the St. Croix River Report.

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Shared from St. Croix 360
St. Croix 360 builds support for river stewardship, and connects people and organizations. It is an independent news source produced by Greg Seitz, with past support from The Wild Rivers Conservancy.

New toxin found in St. Croix River fish
Fish in the lower St. Croix River can contain dangerous levels of industrial chemicals, a Minnesota state agency has found. Toxins related to products like Scotchgard and Teflon have previously been known to pollute groundwater in areas between Lake Elmo and the St. Croix, as well as across the country. Now it has been found in fish in the river at levels considered possibly harmful to human health. The affected zone is the entire 50 miles of river below Taylors Falls to the Mississippi… Read more >


Fishing Resources:

RiverFest encourages you to consider going fishing as a great way to get out and enjoy the beautiful St. Croix River.

Learn more about fishing:  

St. Croix River Fishing – Fishing information, tips, and techniques related to the St. Croix River. We also provide updates on environmental threats and conservation initiatives.

Kids Fishing – A Few Tips & Tricks! – Here are couple tips that might make your first or next fishing trip with the kids that much more enjoyable.

Basic Worm and Bobber Fishing Setup (with knots) – Learn how ODWC’s aquatic education coordinator sets up fishing rods for success. Also learn how to tie the improved clinch knot and the polamor knot.


RiverFest Videos:

Additional, RiverFest videos are available for viewing at any time on River Channel 15 Hudson/North Hudson Community Access Television’s YouTube Channel.

Health & Wellness Videos:

MeditationMeditation with Kishori View on YouTube Description: Kishori Koch, from Ciranda will lead guided-meditation session along the beautiful St. Croix River. Tune into the gentle flow of water, get comfortable and breathe.

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Yoga with Kishori View on YouTube Description: Breath, move and re-energize your body through a simple series of basic postures, guided by Kishori Koch from Ciranda.

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Foraging with Russ LakeForaging Garden Walk View on YouTube Description: Hudson Grocery Co-op presents backyard foraging with Russ Lake. Learn about edible plants growing in your backyard. From common garden plants like daisies and hostas to wild plants like burdock and wood sorrel, there is an abundance of edible plants in your flower garden and backyard.

Videos for Children:

Prairie That Nature BuiltLibrary Storytime: The Prairie That Nature Built View on YouTube Description:  Sara O’Brien, Youth Services Assistant at the Hudson Area Public Library will read the children’s book The Prairie That Nature Built, by Marybeth Lorbiecki.

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Ahhh WaterLibrary Storytime: AHHHhhhh Water  View on YouTube Description: Join Author/Illustrator Jean A. Gagnon Clausen of Green Wise Kids for a fun and engaging reading of her new book AHHHhhhh, Water!. Along with Greenbean the Frog, contributing authors Lawrence Clausen and Michel Tigan and the Green Wise kids you will learn the exciting and informative facts of why protecting our precious resource, water is so important for our world. Through puppetry, educational display and story reading kids of all ages will be inspired through this interactive online presentation of AHHHhhhh, Water.

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TurtleAnimals of the St. Croix: Blanding’s and Wood Turtles View on YouTube Description: Carpenter Nature Center naturalist Jessie Eckroad will present the wildlife of the St. Croix River Valley. Meet Blanding’s and Wood Turtles animal ambassadors. Find out what you can do to help protect the river valley ecosystem and the amazing animals that live in the Valley.

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Hognose SnakeAnimals of the St. Croix: Hognose Snake View on YouTube Description: Carpenter Nature Center naturalist Jessie Eckroad will present the wildlife of the St. Croix River Valley. Meet a Hognose Snake animal ambassador. Find out what you can do to help protect the river valley ecosystem and the amazing animals that live in the Valley.

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Animals of the St. Croix: Tiger Salamander View on YouTube Description: Carpenter Nature Center naturalist Jessie Eckroad will present the wildlife of the St. Croix River Valley. Meet a Tiger Salamander animal ambassador. Find out what you can do to help protect the river valley ecosystem and the amazing animals that live in the Valley.

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Peregrine FalconAnimals of the St. Croix: Peregrine Falcon View on YouTube Description: Carpenter Nature Center naturalist Jessie Eckroad will present the wildlife of the St. Croix River Valley. Meet a Peregrine Falcon animal ambassador. Find out what you can do to help protect the river valley ecosystem and the amazing animals that live in the Valley.

Other RiverFest Videos:

Images of Hudson: Then and Now View on YouTube Description: The St. Croix County Historical Society will present “Then and Now” scenes of Hudson. The Historical Society will highlight some historic photos from their photo collection paired with drone videos filmed by Historical Society volunteer Dick Nelson. An interesting way to see how Hudson has changed over the years. Lean more about the SCCHS photo collection.

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Hot Air Ballooning Over the St. Croix View on YouTube Description: Pilot Steve Jacobs from Stillwater Balloons flies a hot air balloon over the St. Croix River for an amazing  birds eye view of the river. Sponsored by Hudson Hot Air Affair.