NWS: Heavy Rain Expected to Continue All Week, St. Croix River on the Rise


Just when it looked like the St. Croix River water levels were going to dip below 683 feet, heavy rains set in this weekend to raise the river above 684 feet again.

A no-wake restriction on the St. Croix River remains in place until water levels drop to 683 feet.


The National Weather Service is forecasting more heavy rain this week, extending the no wake restrictions on the river through next weekend, at least.


The average water level of the St. Croix River at Stillwater is 675 feet. A no-wake restriction is put in placebo the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at 683 feet. The Stillwater Lift Bridge is closed by MnDOT if waters reach 686 feet.

Water Levels

The average water level in Stillwater is 675 feet. The following are elevations (in feet) of various impacts due to flooding:

  • Stillwater Riverwalk becomes inundated: 678
  • Minnesota and Wisconsin may impose a no wake zone on the river: 683
  • Due to safety issues, the Stillwater lift bridge will close: 686
  • Approximate 100-year flood stage: 692.5

Flood Categories

  • Action Stage: 680
  • Flood Stage: 687
  • Moderate Flood Stage: 688
  • Major Flood Stage: 689

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