WHERE IS STILLWATER?
Stillwater is located in the Midwestern region of the United States, in the State of Minnesota, just outside of the Twin Cities – Minneapolis/St. Paul. Minnesota borders Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, and Canada. Stillwater is located on the banks of the St. Croix River bordering Wisconsin.
From Downtown Minneapolis – a straight shot off Interstate 35W onto Hwy 36 right into downtown Stillwater.
From Downtown St. Paul – quick ride north on Interstate 35E, then straight east on Hwy 36.
From Wisconsin – WI Hwy 35 takes you across the state border (St. Croix River) straight into downtown Stillwater. Unbelievable view of our town from Houlton, WI driving in at night! Or if you are coming from Madison or Milwaukee, you’ll find Stillwater via Interstate 94, then head north on MN Hwy 95.
From the North (Duluth or perhaps Canada)– Interstate 35 South to Minnesota Hwy 36.
From the South – Iowa, Illinois, Indiana…we welcome you – head north!
Stillwater offers both paid and FREE parking spaces. All street spots are FREE. Enjoy FREE parking in all lots November 1-April 30th. Download/View/Print the City Parking maps or Visitor Guide Map as seen below. There are 1842 parking spaces in downtown Stillwater – the majority are FREE! For busy event days, please plan ahead to carpool, taxi, or shuttle from your hotel (list below). If you are planning to hit the bike trails – TIP: park in either of the lots on the Wisconsin side of the Loop trail and bike into downtown!
We recommend using the Stillwater RAMP (small daily fee $3 weekday/$5 weekend) located on 2nd St/Commercial St. next to the Lowell Inn and only one block from Main Street. Local residents can call the city at 651.430.8800 to find out more about purchasing an annual parking permit.
If you have a large RV or trailer, there are 4 36′ parking spaces in lot 12 which is the one on the right by the bike trailhead on the map below and 5 tour bus parking spots are available along Highway 96/Main Street on the south entrance of downtown near St. Croix Boat & Packet (large fleet of riverboats).
ST. CROIX CROSSING BRIDGE
The new St. Croix Crossing bridge connecting Stillwater to Wisconsin was completed August, 2017. Interested in the new bridge design? Visit the MNDOT St. Croix Crossing website.
Part of the project was to create a bike/pedestrian trail so there are three stunning lookout points with information signs and a MN/WI state line marker to find. The final section of the St. Croix River Crossing Loop Trail will open June 1, 2020.
HISTORIC LIFT BRIDGE
The historic Lift Bridge crossing the St. Croix River between Stillwater and Houlton, WI is one of three still remaining in the country. This bridge was built in 1931 to replace a swing bridge and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Boats are allowed to pass periodically under the bridge, so please note the lift schedule: Peak Season (May 15th – October 15th), the bridge is staffed Monday-Friday 8am-10pm, Weekends & Federal Holidays 8am-midnight. Lift operates hourly or every 30 depending on the day. Contact MN DOT 651.234.7110. As of August, 2017 the historic lift bridge closed to vehicle traffic for good as it undergoes extensive renovation to reopen in May 2020 as part of the Loop Trail exclusively for pedestrians and bikes.
TRANSPORTATION – To Stillwater
By Car or Motorcyle
Stillwater is located on the St. Croix Scenic Byway and is not far off the path of one of America’s Byways called the Great River Road in MN or WI that runs along the Mississippi River from Canada all the way to the Gulf of Mexico (from hwy 61 in Hastings, MN head north on Hwy 95) . Take the scenic drive listed on MotorcycleRoads.us for great ride from Stillwater to Taylor’s Falls, MN. Need to rent a car? Enterprise Car Rental has a location in Stillwater.
The Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is 30 minutes away. Named Best Airport in North America three years in a row! MSP Airport Shuttle Service www.supershuttle.com 800.258.3826 or www.Fareshark.com 612.516.3273
Arriving by private plane? Lake Elmo Airport is just a 12 minute easy drive from Lake Elmo, MN.
By Bike or on Foot
Stillwater is a regional bike trail destination linking to St. Paul and Wisconsin. Bike or walk these three trails all connected: Brown’s Creek State Trail , Gateway Bike Trail , St. Croix Crossing Loop Trail. the Gandy Dancer State Trail are in development to link to downtown Stillwater. Downtown Stillwater is best enjoyed on foot. Stroll along the river walkway or down Main Street shopping district – pedestrians are welcome with safe crosswalk signals. Enjoy the views with a walk on the new pedestrian/bike loop trail connecting Minnesota and Wisconsin crossing over both the historic lift bridge and new St. Croix Crossing bridges. As of now you can bike/walk about 3/4 of the trail starting from downtown Stillwater heading south over the new bridge to Wisconsin.
Spend some time cruisin’ the beautiful St. Croix River by launching your own boat or renting a boat or pontoon. The City of Stillwater has 14 FREE public slips, 4 of which can be used for overnight docking up (3-night max). The slips are available first come first serve and managed by the St. Croix Boat & Packet Company (651) 430-1234. Check with nearby marinas for more options – launch fees, transient docking, dry docking, slip rental, boat rental, purchase, or repairs. See the Things to Do- On the Water page for complete marina listing.
Stillwater Public Boat Slips 651.430.1234 (FREE tie-up slips. 1st come 1st serve. 4 for overnight (3 night max). Located behind the large fleet of paddle-wheel boats owned by St. Croix Boat & Packet. Access from north end of the docks near the Dock Cafe restaurant. Water hook up on site. Power available for purchase.)
DNR – FREE Public Boat Launch – just north of 96 on hwy 95
Boomsite Marina 651.275.0229 (boat launch)
Wolf Marine 651.439.2341 (boat launch)
Ole Sawmill Marina 651.231.2025 (
Stillwater Marina Services & Boat Rentals 651.439.9000
Sunnyside Marina 651.439.2118 (transient dockage)
Beachhouse Marina 651.275.0229 (boat launch)
River Park Marina 651.275.0229
Bayport Marina 651.439.1044 (transient dockage)
Note: Check the Historic Lift Bridge Schedule before you leave the dock.
Downtown boat sales – new & used: Tetzlaff Yacht Sales 888.658.9504
TRANSPORTATION – In & Around Stillwater
UBER & Lyft Now serving Stillwater!
Stillwater Taxi 651.439.9999
Hill Valley Taxi Co. 651.373.9941
Tip-Top Taxi & Limo 651-383-6618
You Drink, We Drive 651.338.1425 (they will drive your car home for you)
Last Call Car Services 651.789.2222 (they will drive your car home for you)
Twin Cities Car & Limo Serivce 763.843.9414
Ace Limo 651.223.5466
Total Luxury Limousine 651.770.5668
My Black Car Ride 612.269.8513
Stillwater Trolley – Trolley’s are available for private transportation rental or for historic tours. 651.430.0352
Tuk-Tuk Woo Hoo – free 3-person open air electric people moving machine 888-4TukTuk (885885) (downtown only)