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Summer Fun with St. Croix County Parks

Are you looking for summer fun? St. Croix County Parks has so many options and can fit almost any budget! In this Summer "Shorts" podcast, we revisit our interview with Dennis Merkel and Ryan Haugland from St. Croix County Parks. We focus on park passes, watercraft rental, camping, and more! Special thanks to Ken Coenen from for co-hosting this interview with me. 



You can purchase either daily park passes ($10 per vehicle per day) or annual passes ($30 valid Jan-Dec). You can purchase online or you can check their website to view the on-site locations (Hudson, Baldwin, or Glen Hills) where you can purchase a pass.

Many of the parks offer watercraft rental. If you've never been kayaking or paddle boarding, rental is a great opportunity. if you're looking for an inexpensive way to get a kayak and you don't have a large vehicle or a roof rack - check out the video below of our visit to Perch Lake at the Homestead Parklands. Our family purchased inflatable kayaks a few years ago and they have been a great option for us. 

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Now that our kiddo has gotten older (12), he has decided that he likes paddle boarding more than kayaking. We started with one paddle board and we all gave it a shot. It was much more enjoyable for all of we converted the whole family over to paddle boards and retired the kayaks to another family to enjoy. Check out the video below to see the inflatable paddle board in action. 

CLICK HERE to check out some of my other favorite summer fun finds. 

Want to listen to the original full interview with Ryan and Dennis? Check it out below:


Don't forget! Summer "Shorts" Podcast episodes air every other week. Stay tuned for the next episode that will drop on Wednesday, July 13. Be sure to subscribe wherever you listen to your podcasts so you never miss an episode! 

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Looking for fun things to do in the St. Croix Valley? Be sure to browse the events calendar to stay connected to events near you! We cover both sides of the St. Croix River in Minnesota and Wisconsin. From Taylors Falls and St. Croix Falls down to Prescott and Hastings. Stillwater, Hudson, and River Falls are right in the middle with all kinds of fun events!

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