Water All Around Us

Namekagon River

Although ROAM is trailside, there is plenty of water to enjoy in the surrounding area.  Here are some examples:


Silverthorn Lake

Located one mile north of downtown Seeley, this quiet, spring-fed lake with sandy beach is a popular swimming spot.  There is a small boat landing on Silverthorn Lake for non-motorized watercraft.  Find directions here.


St. Croix National Scenic Riverway (Namekagon River)

Running right through downtown Seeley, the Namekagon River, part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, offers opportunities for near-wilderness day paddles and fly fishing.  With convient access points along the river you can launch or end your adventure right behind the Lenroot Lodge in Seeley.  Here is a map of the Namekagon Dam to Hayward section.

There are also canoe, kayak and paddleboard outfitters in the area who offer shuttle services.

For more information visit the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway website here.

For rentals go here.


Spider Lake

There are so many lakes to explore in the area, but the most convenient (and one of the most scenic to paddle) is Spider Lake located 3 miles to the east.  It’s actually a chain of 5 lakes — Clear, Big Spider, Little Spider, Fawn, and North.  The most convenient boat launch is 4.8 miles away on the west side of Clear Lake.  Find it here.

Tiger Cat Flowage

With three access points and long winding channels between lakes, the Tiger Cat Flowage is a popular paddling chain.  The closest launch point is 4.8 miles away at the Blackiron Bar & Grill.  Launch 1, Launch 2, Launch 3.

Lake Owen

Lake Owen is a long, narrow lake between Cable and Drummond.  Much of the land around the lake is owned by the National Forest Service so it is undeveloped and scenic.  The launch is on the north end of the lake near Drummond but the drive is worth it.  Find it here.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Take a scenic one hour drive north to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and experience some of the best paddling in the world.  More information can be found at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore website here.