Near Grantsburg in Burnett County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Governor Knowles State Forest
Historically, the river system was a major highway to native Americans, voyageurs, explorers, missionaries, and loggers. The Santee Sioux and Chippewa tribes fought repeatedly for possession of the valuable rice lakes in the St. Croix basin - a war which was to last well into the nineteenth century. During the 1700's and 1800's numerous outposts along the waterways in quest of control of the profitable fur trade. With the depletion of the beaver in the 1830's, an 80-year logging era began in the pineries along the river.
The Governor Knowles State Forest, established in 1970, and the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway created in 1968, provide protection for this valuable resource. Many thousands of people each year enjoy the recreational opportunities provided on the riverway and the state forest. The Northern States Power Company played a key role in the establishment of the National Scenic Riverway and the state forest by the donation of 25,000 acres of land.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at a highway wayside located at the entrance to the Governor Knowles State Forest St. Croix Campground. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15425 State Highway 70, Grantsburg WI 54840, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Canute Anderson (approx. 5.6 miles away); Pine City (approx. 10.1 miles away in Minnesota); 1980 Ekdall Church Fire (approx. 10.1 miles away); Crex Meadows (approx. 10˝ miles away).
Also see . . . Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Governor Knowles State Forest. "The Governor Knowles State Forest acts as a resource protection zone for the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The forest is 55 miles long and up to two miles wide." (Submitted on July 12, 2011.)
Categories. • Horticulture & Forestry • Wars, US Indian • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 12, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 653 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 12, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.