by St. Croix Scenic Byway on June 9, 2013

RiversRivers: The St. Croix, Sunrise, Snake, Kettle and more.

The Dakota and Ojibwe used the rivers of the St. Croix valley for centuries—rivers supported hunting, fishing, harvesting wild rice, and migration between summer and winter camps.

Throughout the 18th century, extending into the early 19th century, the St. Croix and its tributaries brought settlers and lumber companies that cut the trees and floated billions of feet of logs, jamming rivers with logs on their way to sawmills farther down river.  Rivers had once been the only means of transportation into or out of the region.


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