St. Croix River Canoe Trip
June 16-18, 2023
Cost: $

Canoe 15 miles down the St. Croix Wild and Scenic River, from Taylors Falls to William O’Brien State Park. Enjoy camping on the river, fishing, cave exploration, tasty campfire meals, campfire stories, ice cream in the town of Marine on the way home, and much more. This will be a great bonding time!

We plan to leave the Hometown Church - Lakeville campus on Friday at 1pm and return approximately 4pm on Sunday. Transportation is provided from the Twin Cities to the launch site at Interstate State Park. The drive is about 50 minutes.

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 will paddle about 4 - 6 miles each day and will camp on islands each night. We like to get into camp before 2pm so that we have time to set up camp and then relax or explore. Some folks will take advatage of the time to do some fishing. The river shores are generally sandy and it is possible to take a dip in the river. We will probably eat dinner around 5:30pm, with your guides doing all the cooking 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 will have the opportunity to have campfires both in the mornings and evenings. At times, we will take advantage of this time together to have conversation as a group.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Participation packets will be available approximately one month prior to the trip. We will also schedule a group Zoom meeting with participants approximately 2 weeks prior to the trip.


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Participant Waiver of Liability
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.