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Discover the River

Stillwater is located on the St. Croix River, a National Scenic Riverway, and home to the St. Croix State Recreation Area, so much is to be explored beyond the shores of town.  Enjoy swimming, fishing, and water craft of all kinds from canoes to kayaks, yachts to speed boats or large chartered cruises aboard an authentic all-American paddlewheel ship.  Use Stillwater as your overnight base as you explore the region by water with your own boat or a rental with several nearby marinas. Did you know? 14 FREE boat tie-up slips are available downtown including 4 overnight slips. See details under marina’s below.

Other nearby rivers/lakes offer great adventure as well! Find your favorite water way to explore : MN Water Trails and WI Water Trails. The nearest  lakes are Lake ElmoSquare Lake, or Big Marine.

Talk about scenic – for those who simply enjoy looking at the water, view the river valley by car following the St. Croix Scenic Byway.

45 Degrees

229 S. Main St.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Exceptional clothing, footwear, and gear for the outdoor enthusiast. Whether it’s a backyard adventure or beyond, we’ll help you get outside with quality goods and fantastic service. 45 Degrees rents kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, snowshoes and cross country skis.

Boat Rentals

One of the best places to enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautiful St. Croix River is on it! Daily pontoon rentals for the half and full day or join the boat club and enjoy luxury boating for less with the Stillwater Boat Club. Conveniently located downtown Stillwater. The St. Croix River is also a part of Your Boat Club which is a great alternative to owning a boat giving you access to a variety of types of boats on multiple bodies of water near the Twin Cities.

Boat rental available at two marinas:

Stillwater Boat Club
422 East Mulberry St.

Ole Sawmill Marina
2009 Lake St. N.

Thinking about purchasing your very own vessel? Talk to the experts right downtown at Tetzlaff Yacht Sales 888.658.9504!

Brown Dog Paddleboard Co.

15150 Square Lake Trail N
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Group paddleboard instruction, rentals, SUP yoga, and SUP fitness on nearby Square Lake at the Golden Acres RV Park entrance.

Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddleboarding

Provide your own water transport or rent kayaks or paddleboards from 45 Degrees downtown Stillwater, Wahoo Adventures GuidesBrown Dog PaddleBoard Co, St. Croix Stand-Up Paddleboard Co., or canoes/paddleboards at William O’Brien State Park. Personal water craft like kayaks and paddleboards are also available for purchase at West Marine at Stillwater Marina downtown.

Other nearby rivers/lakes offer great adventure as well – Kinnickinic River in  River Falls, WI (Kinni Kayak or  River Guide Kayaks).

Diro Outdoors


DIRO Outdoors provides local outdoor activities; gear rental & delivery; parties & company events; and educational & environmental stewardship opportunities within the Twin Cities and St. Croix River Valley. We encourage you to try a wide variety of activities in hopes these will help you “find your outer space”.


Welcome Anglers… There are many options for fishing in Stillwater. The St. Croix River is alive with Walleye, a variety of Bass, Crappies and more. Boat access at the Boom Site just North of Stillwater on HW 95 and shore fishing in a few locations are yours to enjoy. For a list of marinas, see ‘Marinas’ on this page. Check out the MN DNR website for fish species, nearby lakes, boat launches, regulations and shore angling spots. For Trout enthusiasts, try the Star Prairie Trout Farm in Star Prairie, WI, a short drive from Stillwater. No limit, no license fee fishing with rods and reels provided. For more info, call 888-545-6808. Need a fishing license or bait, stop by the Holiday Gas Station on Hwy 36 & Osgood (14773 60th St. N.)- 651.439.8250 or Wal-mart for worms. Fly fishing rods are for sale at 45 Degrees downtown Stillwater and William O’Brien State Park has fishing poles available for use.

Top 10 reasons to fish the St. Croix River provided by


525 S. Main St.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Enjoy the romance of Venice Italy blended with the beauty of the St. Croix River and the charm of Stillwater. Taking a cruise in an authentic Venetian gondola  is among the most romantic and relaxing experiences imaginable. Plan an especially romantic proposal, celebrate a birthday, wedding or anniversary, or just get away to a relaxing cruise on the river. You can book a sunlit daytime cruise or a moonlit evening cruise. Packages available. A unique place to pop the important question!



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)
Stillwater Marina Services & Boat Rentals 651.439.9000
Stillwater Public Boat Slips 651.430.1234 (14 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 at $10/day.)
Sunnyside Marina 651.439.2118
Ole Sawmill Marina 651.231.2025
Beachhouse Marina 651.275.0229 (boat launch)
River Park Marina 651.275.0229
Bayport Marina 651.439.1044
Note: Check the Historic Lift Bridge Schedule before you leave the dock.

Downtown boat sales – new & used: Tetzlaff Yacht Sales 888.658.9504

To view larger map image, see listing on Directions – By Water section.

Scenic Drives

Hwy. 95
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Stillwater is located on the St. Croix Scenic Byway (State Hwy. 95 which runs through historic downtown Main Street) 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 (Hwy 95/Saint Croix Trail north from downtown Stillwater) for great ride from Stillwater to Taylor’s Falls, MN. More about Minnesota Scenic Byways.


525 South Main Street
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Welcome to St. Croix Boat & Packet! We offer daily public lunch and dinner cruises on board our Paddlewheel Boats on the scenic St. Croix River.   Our private charters can accommodate groups of 25 to 675. Contact us today and we would be happy to assist you in planning your excursion. Seasonal business typically May-October.

St. Croix Stand Up Paddleboard Co.


St. Croix SUP offers Paddleboard rentals at nearby rivers and lakes with drop-off and pick-up service within the St. Croix Valley (within 10 miles of the 55082 Stillwater, MN zip code). Public boat launches and beaches are the best places to take off. Going to the cabin for the weekend? We have straps and portable racks to transport the boards.

Wahoo Adventures

Wahoo! Adventures offers guided 90 minute kayaking tours every Tuesday morning at 8:30am.  Make reservations by calling the Stillwater Trolley at 651.430.0352 – they will provide a 5 minute trolley ride to meet your guide.  You can also book your own private kayak or bicycle tour for 2 – 20 people by calling us directly.  Enjoy the best the St. Croix Valley has to offer on the river or on the local bicycle trails.  In the winter we can get you to a local state or county park for a snowshoe adventure.  We provide all the gear, maps, guidance, and inspiration you may need!  No experience necessary.

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