Boaters on the St. Croix River will have an enhanced experience taking advantage of Osceola’s National Scenic Riverway.
A National Park Service effort will add additional facilities at the boat launch and landing, separating powerboats from canoes and kayaks with a dedicated boat ramp for powerboats.
The changes will improve safety by reducing congestion at a facility that saw 76,000 vehicles pass last year.
Visitors to Osceola Landing will also find new restrooms, parking spaces and a waiting area as well as the paving of some walking paths.
Nordic Group Inc., based in Carlton, Minn., was awarded a $3.3 million contract to complete the work, which began in fall 2021 and will continue through spring 2023.
The National Park Service says that during construction, parking will be limited and there will be no potable water supplied at the boat dock.
While the boat ramps near the Highway 243 bridge will remain open during the project, the southern portion of the boat dock will be closed until construction is complete.
The Osceola Landing is the starting point for many paddlers traversing Minnesota and Wisconsin’s Interstate Park, and a launching point for boaters heading downstream.