Report: St. Croix River Tourism bring $8.8 million to region

(Gazette File Photo)
(Gazette File Photo)

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. – A National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that the 273,729 visitors to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway spent $8.803 million in communities surrounding the park, spending that supported 137 jobs in the local area.

“The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is a wonderful place to learn about America’s story,” said park Superintendent Chris Stein. “We attract visitors from across the U.S. and around the world who come here to experience the park and then spend time and money enjoying the services provided by our neighboring communities and getting to know this amazing part of the country. The National Park Service is proud to have been entrusted with the care of America’s most treasured places and delighted that the visitors we welcome generate significant contributions to the local, state, and national economy.”

The information on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is part of a peer-reviewed spending analysis of national park visitors across the country conducted by Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., for the National Park Service.

For 2011, MSU report shows $13 billion of direct spending by 279 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. That visitor spending had a $30 billion impact on the U.S. economy and supported 252,000 jobs nationwide.

Most visitor spending supports jobs in lodging and food and beverage service at 63 percent, followed by recreation and entertainment, 17 percent, other retail, 11 percent, transportation and fuel, 7 percent, and wholesale and manufacturing, 2 percent.

Visit and click on Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation, 2011 to download the MSU report. The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

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