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Cruising the St. Croix

The "Grand Duchess" goes for a cruise on the St. Croix River. Cruises on the river will be part of RiverFest festivities. Photo courtesy of the Hudson Chamber of Commerce1 / 2
Jessie Eckroad of Carpenter Nature Center presents a redtail hawk. Photo courtesy of the Hudson Chamber of Commerce2 / 2

Did you know the St. Croix River is considered a national park? Explore the St. Croix River from another perspective! From mussels to raptors and a variety of living river critters, we invite you to experience the St. Croix River on an ecological-minded cruise featuring river life.

Naturalists of the Carpenter Nature Center will share their expertise of the natural history of the area aboard a scenic boat cruise offered by Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines. Live raptors and various river critters will be aboard for a first-hand look at river life. The boat will set sail Friday, July 21, and guests of all ages are invited to join the fun.

The cost for the RiverFest Cruise is $18 plus tax. A cash bar will be available. This scenic and informational cruise does not include dinner. St. Croix RiverFest ticket holders will be seated on the second level. A dinner cruise is also available for $37.95. Boarding begins at 6 p.m. with departure at 6:30 p.m. at Toll Bridge Road (Lakefront Park) in Hudson. Reservations are required.

For cruise reservations, visit and click on the "cruise calendar" or call 651-436-8883.

Visit for a complete listing of RiverFest events and activities. This event is a collaboration of many Hudson area organizations and made possible by the generous support of local and regional sponsors.