A River Runs Through It. Really.

Recollection of River Falls Past

Joel Foster, a Connecticut native and the first white settler in this area, wrote this to his brother in 1848:

"I think I have found the New England of the Northwest, the same pure water, the same speckled trout, the same sumac, elder, etc.... It looks as though the Almighty made this portion of our country first and made it on a perfect system, piling rocks up in beautiful mounds, spreading over them sufficient soil to dress and beautify."

Many who followed reacted the same way.

"It is a healthy place. The water is pure and the abundance of speckled trout in all the streams furnishes rare sport..." wrote W.L. Beeman in a 1900 characterization of River Falls.

River Falls still has its pure water and speckled trout. Today, River Falls is also home to a prosperous business community, several small industrial, a vibrant university and diverse citizenry.

The county line for Pierce and St. Croix divides the city. Appropriately, the line is Division Street.

River Falls was incorporated in April 1885, by the State Legislature.

In River Falls' early years, the river was the focus of travel and commerce. Settlers took advantage of the river's power to build sawmills, brick kilns, flour mills, a barrel factory and a pickle and sauerkraut factory, among others.

The early settlers also built churches, public and private schools, stores and other businesses.


So much to do while you visit!

I've never been to Europe, but I can only imagine that these rolling hills, valleys and rivers resemble what our neighbors across the pond are blessed with. There are many city parks as well as 2 state parks to enjoy hiking, birding, kayaking, and other activities. The Kinnickinnic State Park is at the confluence of the Kinnickinnic River and St. Croix River, 10 minutes east of town. The Willow River State Park is located just north of town about 15 minutes.
At both state parks you can enjoy where you can enjoy hiking, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, sandy beaches, and viewing of a variety of North American wildlife and birds.

If it's golf you are interested in you've come to the right region. There are 6 golf courses with in 10 minutes drive of town and 20 golf courses within 20 minutes of town! 

River Falls is located just 35 minutes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport
which makes it very convenient to get here from anywhere in the world! We've had visitors at Kinni Creek Lodge and Outfitters from 31 countries! The small university in town also has many international connections putting River Falls on the global scene for many notable achievements. Located in such close proximity to the Twin Cities major metropolitan area, River Falls has often been referred to as a bedroom community for commuters to the metro.

A River Runs Through it... 

The Kinni and Its Watershed

Compliments of The Kinnickinnic River Land Trust.

The Kinni is designated an "Outstanding Resource Water" by the Wisconsin Legislature - the highest classification possible.

It rises north of Interstate 94 in St. Croix County, Wisconsin and flows generally southwest for about 22 miles until it empties into the St. Croix River. It is joined by several spring creeks along its course (including Parker Creek, Kelly Creek, South Fork, and Rocky Branch) draining a watershed area of 240 square miles (153,000 acres). On a typical day, the Kinni flows at 50 cubic feet of water per second. There are 23 public Anglers parking areas along the river.

The Kinni watershed is characterized by scenic bluff lands, rare oak savanna, original prairie, farm land, white pine forest, wooded coulees, sedge meadows, rare and endangered plant species (including the Fameflower), beautiful stands of white pines and plenty of open space and scenic vistas. Its feeder creeks are cold and clean, containing wild native brook trout, important spawning areas, wetlands, and many springs arising from under picturesque limestone outcroppings. Its acreage is home to deer, wild turkey, pheasants, rabbits, ducks and other wildlife. Within the Kinni watershed can be found 40 Endangered, Threatened, or Special Concern species, 500 plant species (40% of all plant species found in Wisconsin), 100 non-vascular plants (mosses, lichens, etc.), and 140 bird species (50% of the species found in Wisconsin).

"The Kinnickinnic River is home to a wonderful variety of plant communities and species. From goat prairies to balsam fir stands, from weeping cliffs to sedge meadows, this river must not be taken for granted.

In my estimation, this combination of plant communities and endangered species is a rare gem and must be conserved. I have seen nothing like it in the Upper Mississippi River Basin."

- Sara Rogers, National Biological Survey


Eating & Shopping

River Falls has become well known for it's 2nd hand stores with a half dozen or so spattered throughout the store fronts down town, many of which raise money for non-profit organizations. 
The River Falls Farmers market has become somewhat of a social occasion every Saturday morning during the season at the corners of Locust and 2nd Streets. You will find fresh produce, eggs, organic beef, honey, cheese curds, apples, maple syrup, and beautiful flowers. 
The downtown area offers a few pub style menus, several pizza places, and a Mexican place.
On North Main Street you will find the finest food, entertainment and pub in town at the West Wind Supper Club.

Belle Vinez Winery  | Escape to a wine experience unlike anything you've seen before... More>

The West Wind Restaurant  |  The West Wind continues to introduce fresh new entrees and provide outstanding service to River Falls, Wisconsin, residents, the entire St. Croix Valley, as well as the greater Twin Cities area.  More>

Hilltop Groomer & Kennel Service an overnight retreat for your most important traveling companions. Reservations Required. More>

Lori's Day Spa, Second Street Retreat   |  Full Service Spa. More>

Falls Theatre
 Showing the latest box office hits! $3 adults, $2 kids, and cheap treats!  More>

KinnicKinnic & Willow River State Parks   |  2 state parks within 10 miles, where you can bird watch & watch wildlife, hike, snow shoe, canoe & kayak, cross-country ski, swim, & picnic.

Glen Park  |  River Falls City Park where you can swim in their outdoor pool, picnic, play horshoes, kayak and fish the Kinni. More>

Golf  6 golf courses within 10 miles including Tom Lehman’s Troy Burne!  

Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport  |  a 35 minute drive & next to the Mall of America.

University of Wisconsin at River Falls | One of Wisconsin's best and well-known Universities More>

Crystal Cave   |  In 1991, a new area of the cave was discovered making Crystal Cave the longest cave in Wisconsin. New passageways are being explored and each discovery is always celebrated with much excitement. More>

Cady Cheese Factory  |  Their 100% natural cheeses is produced and sold under customer's private label, their own Cady Creek Farms brand and through their factory cheese & gift shop. More>

Vino in the Valley  |  Unique Outdoor Dining Experience, Vineyard. More>

River Falls Spa   |  Relaxing Spa Treatments in River Falls, WI.  More>

Trout Streams   |  Including the KinnicKinnic, Rush River, Trimbelle, Willow River, Eau Galle... & many more coldwater trout streams! Book a guide in advance with our on site Fly Shop. More>

Luxury Limo Services  Luxury Transportation whenever and wherever you want to go. More>

Festival Theatre The St. Croix Festival Theatre featuring local community theater, music, and events.
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Taxidermy  | www.infocustaxidermy.com 



And our very favorite "Up North"....
Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters |Our partner in our Boundary Waters Canoe Adventures!
 


                           
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