A project to improve safety, business operations and visitor experience at Osceola Landing on the St. Croix River began in fall 2021 and will continue into spring 2022.
A new motorized boat launch will be the most significant change from current conditions at Osceola Landing, which is managed by the National Park Service (NPS) on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. By separating the launching and landing of motorized and non-motorized watercraft, the project will address safety issues and congestion for pedestrians, motorized boaters and non-motorized boaters. Additional parking, a paved walking path, a new wayfinding/waiting area, new vaulted washrooms, and improvements to the comfort station and other amenities are also part of the project.
“We are excited to be able to invest in maintaining Osceola Landing as a major access point on the St. Croix River. This project will improve safety and help people continue to enjoy the Riverway for a long time,” said Craig Hansen, Superintendent of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.
The NPS has awarded a contract to Nordic Group, Inc., based in Carlton, Minnesota, and minor construction activities were completed in the fall of 2021. Construction will resume in the spring of 2022 when conditions permit and will continue until in the spring of 2023.
Osceola Landing is the busiest National Park Service landing on the St. Croix River. Well known as a jumping off point for the popular day trip from Minnesota or Wisconsin Interstate Park through the Dalles, the landing also provides access for motorboats and paddlers heading downstream.
River access at the current boat launches near the Highway 243 bridge is expected to remain open during construction. However, the southern portion of Osceola Landing will be closed for the duration of the project and parking will be very limited. Portable toilets will be available but no drinking water. Visitors are encouraged to access the St. Croix River from other locations.
From the National Park Service