St. Croix River Canoe Day Trip
June 8, 2024

Spend a day on a National Scenic Waterway. We’ll canoe a dozen miles, take a break along the way for lunch, a refreshing swim, explore Knapp’s Cave, and if you would like – do some fishing. After we’re off the river, all packed up and headed for home, we’ll stop in the historic town of Marine for ice cream.

**Please note: If river conditions are not acceptable for paddling (i.e. high, fast water), this trip may be cancelled or rescheduled. **

Wild Hearts will provide all of the equipment, food and guides.

You are responsible for:

  • Your clothing
  • Personal care items
  • Fishing license and tackle if you desire to fish
  • Getting to pick-up location
  • Adventurous attitude

We plan to leave the Twin Cities area on Saturday at around 7am and return approximately 6pm that day. Transportation is provided from the Twin Cities to St. Croix State Park and back. The drive is about 75 minutes.

The paddling should be generally moderate, and we will provide instructions to those who are new to canoeing. The St. Croix River is a world class small mouth bass fishery. Some folks may want to take advantage of this great opportunity. And the ice cream in Marine is special treat after a day on the river!

The river shores are generally sandy, and it may be possible to take a dip in the river. We will lunch on shore, with your guides doing all the cooking (if necessary) while the participants will be tasked with set up and clean up. The food will be plentiful and delicious! We also provide snacks for your enjoyment throughout the day. For water, we will filter all drinking and cooking water.

We may have the opportunity to have a campfire. 

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.  We may schedule a group Zoom meeting with participants approximately 2 weeks prior to the trip.


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Participant Waiver of Liability and Expectations Agreement
This is a required document to be signed by the participant or guardian before your upcoming trip. (.pdf download)

Meet Your Guides

Ken Johnson

Lead Guide

As a 6-year old growing up on the outskirts of Duluth, my summer days were spent running through the woods and fields with my neighbor buddies. At age 11 I got involved in Boy Scouts, earned the Eagle Scout award at 14 and at age 16 I began spending my summers on staff at a Boy Scout camp in northern Minnesota. I spent six summers at the camp; my final year as Program Director. Over the years I have led numerous groups on canoe trips in the BWCA, backpack trips in the Rocky Mountains, and mission trips to Central America.

2nd Guide yet to be assigned.