Namekagon River

Known for camping and fishing, the Namekagon provides lake and river canoeing with some low hazard rapids. Low water is the chief obstacle; levels should be checked locally. Access is available at the towns of Cable, Seeley, Hayward and Trego, and road crossings. The Namekagon River offers everything from rapids for the experienced kayaker/canoeist to wide, quiet flowages below the dams. Trout fishermen can meet their challenge, and anglers will fish to their heart's content. In most places, no development has been allowed within sight of the river, providing miles of unsurpassed beauty for canoeists and hikers. Tubing is one of the most popular ways to enjoy the river. Namekagon River (pronounced NAM-uh-Kah-gun) is a 95 mile long river which is a tributary to the St. Croix River, great for rafting, tubing, canoeing and kayaking. The Namekagon is protected under the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The Namekagon flows for some 50 miles through Washburn County. The National Park Service maintains primitive campsites accessible by water only. Most of the Namekagon portion of the riverway is entirely undeveloped, offering kayakers/canoeists a genuine wilderness experience. The riverbanks are abundant with deer, muskrat, beaver, turtles and blue herons. Osprey and bald eagles are also seen.


  • On Water


  • Yes