Stewardship Research Program

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The GREAT Namekagon River Clean-Up

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Speaker Series @ The Park Center in Hayward

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April 30th Cleanup Canceled

The annual Namekagon River cleanup event scheduled for Saturday April 30th has been canceled due to high water levels.

Contact Larry Mann at Hayward Fly Fishing (715-734-8149) for more information.

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April 2016 Events








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April 30th – Namekagon River Cleanup

The Fourth Annual Namekagon River Cleanup will be held on Saturday,  April 30, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. until Noon.  We will meet at the DNR boat landing in Hayward (on Highway 27) at 8 sharp.

We will clean the river from Seeley to Trego.  Boats and canoes will be available for the day.  Bring your own if you’d like.  Shuttle services will be provided.

There will be a pre-cleanup party at the Sawmill Saloon in Seeley on Friday, April 29, 2016 from 5 til 9 p.m.  There will be food, beverages, cash bar, contests, prizes and fun!   Join us for the party and the cleanup as we show our river some love before the busy Summer Season begins.

Larry Mann

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Leonards Gage Status

Leonard’s Gage is currently operational.

The Leonard’s Gage is an US Geological Service operated flow and temperature gage (i.e. gauge) on the Namekagon River near the Leonard’s School Road crossing, located about 4 miles (downstream) of Cable, Wisconsin. The Namekagon River is part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a unit of the National Park Service. It was set aside to protect its outstandingly remarkable ecological, recreational, and other resource values. Unfortunately, there is no one source of funding to cover the cost of operating Leonard’s Gage, which is currently $13,000 a year. We are very pleased to announce that the St. Croix River Association (SCRA) has secured an agreement with the National Park Service and US Geological Service, working through Bayfield County, to continue operations of this gage for the next 3-5 years.

Leonard’s Gage has been in place since 1996 and its continued operation is important for both scientific and recreational reasons. The gage provides important information to scientists on flow and temperature; particularly important to understanding and planning for variations brought on by climate change. The gage also provides important trip planning information for recreational paddlers, fishermen, and outfitters. During high river flows, the information provided by Leonard’s Gage is important to public safety. Take a look at

St. Croix River Association (
The SCRA mission is to protect, restore, and celebrate the St. Croix River and its watershed. SCRA is committed to taking sustainable action now so that future generations can enjoy the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, where water is clean, scenic vistas remain, and open space for habitat, sustainable farmlands, and healthy tributaries co-exist with thriving communities. Wild and scenic rivers, with the aquatic diversity such as that of the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers, are a truly rare resource. Working together we can ensure the next generation will have a chance to visit, and in turn value, our area’s national treasure.

Looking Forward
Please know that NRP is committed to continuing this gage, and we look forward to working with you, and organizations such as Trout Unlimited, the Izaak Walton League, Bayfield County, the National Park Service, and the St. Croix River Association to ensure that this important gage stays operational. All Leonard’s Gage donations that we receive will be forwarded to US Geological Services via SCRA. Thank you for your on-going support.

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September 12 – Confluence 2

The Namekagon Confluence 2
September 12, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
The Park Center, 15791 U.S. Highway 63, Hayward, WI

What’s Really Happening on the Namekagon River!

A note from our President:

To our Partners, Stakeholders, and River Users:

On behalf of the Namekagon River Partnership, I would like to extend to you an invitation to join us for our 2nd Annual gathering which we are calling Confluence 2. The gathering will be held at the Park Center in Hayward, WI on September 12, 2015 from 7-9 pm.

We intend to discuss the current state of the Namekagon River, including current use and potential/proposed future use. There have been several exciting new developments in this area that we are eager to share with you. Entertainment will be supplied by photo essays from Ben Thwaits’ student photography students as well as words of wisdom from our friends at the St. Croix River Association.

It is our hope that representatives from all lakes, riparian landowners, non-riparian land-owners, and users of the water and land resources within the Namekagon watershed will attend. Plan to join us as we gather to celebrate this wonderful national park located right in our backyard. All interested parties are welcome. We look forward to seeing you…

Larry Mann, President

Forty-seven years ago this October 2nd, the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was signed by President Lyndon Johnson. Together, the rivers listed in the Act were designated as a national park. The Namekagon River, a tributary of the St.Croix River, was one of the first rivers placed on the list. These rivers and their watersheds were deemed an integral part of a great commitment to protecting the best of our national resources. Besides government designation and protection, the River also became, in large measure, the responsibility of all those who live on or near it, fish it, paddle it, or simply admire it from the shore.

Over time many pressures have come to challenge the resolve of its protectors to maintain the integrity of its purity, beauty and, indeed, its future existence. With the dramatic rise in water rights disputes, drought, astronomical growth in the number of users and a multitude of water-related issues on a global scale, attending to our local watershed is more important than ever.

Last September 6 many of you helped shape and clarify the beginning of a concerted effort to create a collective plan for the Namekagon River of the future. On the strength of our brainstorming sessions at that conversation, we have been able to become much more clear in the direction and mission of the Namekagon River Partnership.

In essence, we propose to give the full measure of our knowledge, passion and commitment to supporting the stated Mission of the National Park Service with respect to the Namekagon River.

National Park Service MISSION STATEMENT for the Namekagon and upper Saint Croix Rivers*

These rivers were set aside as a unit of the national park system and the national wild and scenic rivers system to:

  • Preserve the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers in a natural and relatively free-flowing condition;
  • Preserve, enhance, and restore the ecological integrity of the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers;
  • Protect and enhance the exceptional natural, scenic, and cultural resources of the Riverway for current and future generations;
  • Provide for a diverse range of recreational opportunities along the Riverway without detracting from the exceptional natural, cultural, scenic, and aesthetic resources;
  • Provide opportunities for learning and study of the geologic, cultural, ecological, and aesthetic values to further enhance stewardship of the Riverway; and
  • Provide an environment that allows the opportunity for peace and solitude.

We welcome your participation as we continue this conversation. The more voices contributing the better able we will be to identify our common vision of how we might best create a comprehensive, far-reaching plan and discharge our responsibility in this essential endeavor.

Registration is FREE and all attendees receive a NRP membership.

Cash bar and appetizers will be available as well as a Free Will offering to help with expenses.

Please RSVP to or call Ron Hobart at 715-492-8250.

* The Purpose and Significance statements stated in this document derive from two documents: the General Management Plan 1998 (covering St. Croix Falls to the northern Riverway boundaries on the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers) and the Cooperative Management Plan 2001 (covering the St. Croix River from the dam at St. Croix Falls to the mouth of the St. Croix River; this includes both the federal and state management zones). The purpose and significance statements from the General Management Plan can be found in Appendix B, and the purpose and significance statements from the Cooperative Management Plan are in Appendix C

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June 6th – 4th Annual Gathering

NRP will host an annual meeting on Saturday, June 6th at 7pm at the Sawmill in Seeley.

The meeting this year will be a frank and in-depth discussion of the future direction of the organization. There will be an election of officers and a report card for 2014-15.

Please join us and share your thoughts.

There will also be a NRP Board meeting at 6pm.  You are welcome to come early for a discussion of Musky Fest plans and other topics.

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April 25th – Namekagon River Cleanup

Volunteers Needed for Namekagon River Cleanup on April 25

Celebrate National Park Week by helping the National Park Service and Namekagon River Partnership clean up the Namekagon River on Saturday, April 25.

This will be the third annual cleanup and will again focus on four sections of the Namekagon River:

  • Hayward Landing to Stinnett Landing
  • Stinnett Landing to North Springbrook Landing
  • North Springbrook Landing to Earl Landing
  • Earl Landing to Trego Landing

Volunteers will split into teams to travel each river section in canoes or drift boats, collecting trash along the way. For those who do not want to be on the water, there are opportunities to help with event logistics, like driving volunteers to and from the work sites (i.e., put-in and take-out points).

Because there are a limited number of canoes and life jackets available, volunteers must pre-register. To volunteer, call the Hayward Fly Fishing Company at (715) 634-8149. Registration deadline is Friday, April 17.

Volunteers will meet at Hayward Landing (Highway 27 near the DNR Ranger Station) at 8:00 am on April 25.  They should bring water, lunch, weather-appropriate clothing, and sunscreen.

The Namekagon River is part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a national park and one of America’s first wild and scenic rivers. National Park Week is April 18-26, 2015

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