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Times of Transition

posted Aug 25, 2015, 5:29 PM by G-Suite Manager

In order to enhance the waterway, preserve its beauty and heritage, and enrich the camping experience for everyone, a number of new policies were adopted by the Commission in 2015.  We’ve approved a lottery system for seasonal sites, established maximum stays for our non-seasonal sites, and instituted a “Leave no Trace” policy for all sites along the lakes and waterway. 

We understand that for many of you who have been enjoying the river and campgrounds for many seasons, the transition to the new policies may be difficult.  What we’re hoping, however, is that together we can adapt our behaviours and activities and encourage everyone who enjoys the St. Croix River waterways to work together to restore and preserve its natural splendour.

Our campsites along the waterway are designated as “wilderness” sites and as such they are meant to provide an atmosphere of tranquility, safety and confidence.  Enjoy the river, but please respect it and respect our policies.

2015 Campsite Reservations open April 15 - Online only

posted Apr 9, 2015, 4:44 AM by G-Suite Manager   [ updated Apr 9, 2015, 4:46 AM ]

Make your reservations for your St. Croix adventure!

Book your campsite online starting April 15, 2015.

Despite the piles of snow, we are planning for spring and looking forward to another season of camping along the St. Croix. We've been updating our software to make the process easier for both you and our staff. 
There are two ways to make a booking: 

  • The online system will be open for reservations starting April 15, 2015Click here to access the online site.
  • By telephone on May 4 at 506-784-6815. Because our seasonal staff do not begin work until May, we cannot take reservations by telephone before this date.

You will need to pay 100% of the rental fee in order to confirm your reservation - no exceptions. The reservation and cancellation policy is available online - please read it before you book. 

2015 Rates

The daily rental rates will increase slightly in 2015 to meet the rising costs of maintenance. Tent sites are $15 per day (one tent), and tent/trailer sites are $20 per day (two tents or one trailer.) Extra tents are $5 per tent, per night. 
Please note that if you choose a site that is a tent/trailer site, the base rate is $20 per night, regardless of whether you place tents or a trailer on that site.


Long-term bookings at Spednic Lake Provincial Park

At Spednic Lake Provincial Park, we offer selected sites to campers who are looking to book for longer periods of time. The monthly rate for these sites is $382.50, and the rate for the entire season (Victoria Day to Labour Day) is $1080. If you are interested in a long-term booking, please contact Abby at (506) 466-7550 by April 13

The SCIWC will be making long-term bookings to allocated sites via a draw on April 14, 2015. People who have indicated interest will be drawn randomly and given the choice of available sites in the order they are selected. Those successful in the draw will be notified immediately. If an allocated site is not booked as a seasonal site, it will become available for daily reservations

The sites allocated for long-term bookings are 13,18, 22 and 24 only. Campsite maps are available on our Reservations page. This method of allocating long-term bookings was adopted to create transparency and ensure fairness. The number of seasonal sites is limited to reduce environmental impacts and enable more people to enjoy the beauty of our park. Do you love our parks? 

Wish you could stay there all summer? Why not apply for the position of host at Scott Brook/Gravel Island or Spednic Lake? You can get your campsite for free! 

We are looking forward to a safe and enjoyable recreation season! We are proud to be a partner of Leave No Trace and encourage people to minimize their impact on the St. Croix. 

When do we begin taking reservations for campsites?

posted Mar 17, 2015, 10:39 AM by G-Suite Manager

At this time of year, I frequently begin to receive messages, asking when and how people can make reservations at Spednic Lake, Scott Brook, and Gravel Island campgrounds.

Our online reservation system will open for reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis on April 15, 2015, at 9:00 AM Atlantic time. We have invested in a better system that will hopefully make the reservation process much easier for folks. If you have previously rented a campsite from us, and provided an email address, you will be sent an email with details of when the system will open, campsite rates and rules for 2015, and other information you will need to complete your reservation. 

We begin taking reservations by telephone once our seasonal Recreation staff are in place. This year, our staff begin on May 4, 2015. Before that time, we do not have the staff capacity to answer reservation requests by telephone. 

We look forward to seeing you on the St. Croix in 2015. Join us in hoping for a slow, steady melt and a summer of fantastic camping weather!
 

We want your feedback! SCIWC updates international management plan

posted Feb 4, 2015, 12:43 PM by G-Suite Manager

We need your feedback. 

St. Croix International Waterway Commission 2025 Management Plan

On behalf of the St. Croix International Waterway Commission, I am excited and pleased to share our draft of the 2025 International Management Plan for the St. Croix boundary corridor.

You may download a copy of the draft management plan document via this link. If you have difficulty, please contact me and I will send you a copy directly. 

The St. Croix International Waterway Commission (SCIWC) was created by legislation in Maine and New Brunswick in the late 1980s to develop and implement a cooperative, international plan for management of the St. Croix corridor. The resulting plan was formally approved in 1993 (download it here), and has acted as a guiding document not only for work within the waterway, but also for many other watersheds who consider it an exemplary example of cooperative waterway management. You can view aprogress report document, as well as an interactive timeline, that were completed in 2014.

Since September 2014, the SCIWC has been consulting with stakeholders, residents, and individuals concerned about the waterway via a series of public and private meetings, as well as during a two-day international science forum held in November. The resulting feedback was incorporated into an updated management plan draft

Your feedback is important. I'm asking you to examine the draft management plan and provide feedback, either by mail, email, or in person, by February 18th, 2015. Any feedback received after this date may not be included in the final plan. Feedback can be submitted via the addresses above.

Thank you for your continued help in completing this challenging but worthwhile project. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Sincerely,

Abby Pond
Executive Director
St. Croix International Waterway Commission
(506)466-7550

The St. Croix International Waterway Commission is an international partnership that protects and enhances the health, heritage and beauty of a shared waterway. 
This project is generously supported by the Environmental Trust Fund - Your Environmental Trust Fund at Work / Votre Fonds en fiducie pour l’environment au travail. 
This project is generously supported by the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund. 

We want your input! Join us to help us update our Management Plan

posted Oct 8, 2014, 7:56 AM by G-Suite Manager   [ updated Oct 20, 2014, 5:17 AM ]

The St. Croix International Waterway Commission, with financial support from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund and the New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund, is in the process of updating our 1993 international management plan for the St. Croix waterway. 
You can download the 1993 version of the plan here. An interactive timeline highlighting the progress on this plan can be view online as well. 

We need your input! As a resident of the St. Croix watershed, what has changed in our watershed, from your perspective, since 1993, both good and bad? What is your vision of what it could and should be in the future? 

Join us at one of the following public meetings throughout the watershed to learn more about what we are doing. Your feedback is incredibly important. We also invite you to complete an on-line survey that can be found at our website in the coming days. 

Community Meetings

Monday, Oct 20th, Calais                    12:00 – 1:00 (Eastern)               Wabanaki Cultural Center

Monday, Oct 20th, St. Stephen            5:00 – 6:00 (Atlantic)              Garcelon Civic Center

 Tuesday, Oct 21st, St. Andrews           12:00 – 1:00 (Atlantic)            Sunbury Shores, Back Gallery

 Tuesday, Oct 21st, Robbinston            5:00 – 6:00 (Eastern)              Robbinston Historical Society

 Wed, Oct 22nd, McAdam                     12:00 - 1:00 (Atlantic)             McAdam Village Office

 Wed Oct 22nd, Forest City                   5:00 – 6:00 (Eastern)              Woodie Wheaton Land Trust

Campgrounds open

posted Jul 14, 2014, 10:22 AM by G-Suite Manager

The campsites managed by the St. Croix International Waterway Commission at Scott Brook, Gravel Island, and Spednic Lake are open for public use. Our staff and volunteers worked incredibly hard during the days immediately following the storm, opening the roads, removing debris, and clearing dangerous trees. These three sites, as well as road access points, were cleared by Wednesday, July 9. We will not be providing refunds for campsites reserved between July 10 onward, as the sites were accessible by road. Please consult the cancellation policy for more details. 

Water levels remain high in East Grand, Spednic Lake, and the St. Croix River itself, though they are now going down. SCIWC staff have not been able to access all of our water-access-only sites at this time, so we are unable to verify they are safe after post tropical storm Arthur. Please Plan Ahead and Prepare for your journey and any adverse conditions you may encounter, including storms and high water. Learn more about minimal impact camping at Leave No Trace

We recommend against travelling on the water until levels drop below 2000 cfs unless you are an experienced paddler. You can view the river gauge at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?01018500. 



Road closures update: May 12, 2014

posted May 12, 2014, 6:54 AM by G-Suite Manager

It finally feels like spring! Though we are all eager to be out on the water, the winter snows and cool spring mean we are several weeks behind normal conditions on the St. Croix. 

If you are heading out this Victoria Day or Memorial Day weekend, please check road closures before you leave. Currently, you can access the river and lakes from Canada at Spednic Lake Park, Loon Bay, and Fosterville. Access on the American side is possible at Vanceboro, as well as at Little Falls. At this time, however, that all access roads are soft and muddy.

At the time of this release, all access roads to Scott Brook and Gravel Island, NB are closed. There are several large washouts and the road is, at this time, too soft for equipment to access the sites for repair. The Department of Transportation is monitoring conditions and will begin work as soon as conditions allow.

What does this mean for paddlers eager to get out on the water? We recommend:

  • you check weather and water flow conditions before you leave http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?01018500 
  • alter your route and avoid road closures
  •  be prepared for cold weather and worse possible scenarios - overturned or lost boats, injuries, and delays
  • practice Leave No Trace principles (The SCIWC is a registered supporter of the Leave No Trace movement)
  • limit alcohol consumption while on the water - the St. Croix is subject to the State of Maine's laws, which prohibit the consumption of alcohol while operating a canoe
  • follow marine boating requirements in Maine and NB -ensure you have the appropriate safety equipment you need. These sites also have information on boating laws in both countries.

A trip plan, a change of dry clothing, and a PFD could mean the difference between life and death at this time of year. Tragic boating accidents such as the recent one on Slocan Lake, BC, remind us that we must be prepared at all times, no matter our age or experience.

The SCIWC would also like to remind waterway users that the St. Croix is an international border. One country travel and camping rules are in place



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