St. Croix Crossing Loop Trail

Connecting Houlton, Wisconsin and Stillwater, Minnesota via a 5-mile trail system


See the “What to Expect” document on the “Full Overview” page for additional details.

Click here for Parking Information

Schedule: April 2018 to May 31, 2019
April 22, 2019 to TBD

Summer & Autumn 2018
Trail users will have two options for accessing the trail: via the Main Trailhead lot and via the Park and Ride lot.

Other work to be completed in the summer and fall of 2018 include:

  • Completion of the Main Trailhead
  • Completion of Hilltop Trailhead, including parking lot
  • Completion of the Loop Trail from the pedestrian underpass at WIS 35 to the Stillwater Lift Bridge
  • Realignment of Hilltop Drive
  • Abandonment of old County E west of State and Rainbow Streets
  • Converting the old WIS 64 hill to bicycle and pedestrian paths
  • Repairing, milling, and repaving local roads including Main Street, Houlton School Circle, and Hilltop Drive
  • Landscaping consisting of planting trees, shrubs and various types of grasses, including prairie mixes

Spring 2019
By the end of the season, the following objectives will be completed:

  • Install pedestrian railing
  • Install signage
  • Mark pavement
  • Paint pedestrian tunnel
  • Survey the landscape
  • Install the “Welcome to WI” sign along WIS 64
  • Final cleanup and landscaping
  • Rehabilitation and conversion of Stillwater Lift bridge to bicycle/pedestrian traffic and to serve boat traffic

In the final weeks of the project, from late April to early June, the following work will be completed:

  • Completing work on the Loop Trail hill from the Lift Bridge to the Hilltop Trailhead including pedestrian railing, permanent signing, and pavement marking
  • Painting the pedestrian tunnel under WIS 35/County Highway E
  • Installing the “Welcome to Wisconsin” sign on eastbound WIS 64, west of the interchange
  • Installing access points in the R/W fence near the new bridge for future maintenance activities
  • Completing another year of care cycles and surveillance on the landscaping (trees and shrubs) planted in 2018
  • Completing miscellaneous items on the punch list

Summer 2019
The contractor for the project began work on April 22. The end date for the contract is May 31, 2019. At this point, St. Croix County Community Development will take over and complete the remaining work on the trail. Some of this work includes:

  • Installing picnic tables, benches, bike racks, drinking fountains, and other items in the Main Trailhead as well as the finishing details of the restroom building
  • Installing benches, bike racks, and a port-o-potty in the Hilltop Trailhead
  • Working with the garden club to plant flowers
  • Installing the Art Bench in the Main Trailhead
  • Installing the Blue Star Veteran’s Memorial