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Explore River Falls
The Kinnickinnic River is an outstanding paddling resource. From River Falls to the St. Croix River, the river slices into a deep gorge-like feature known as the Kinni Canyon. Wildlife abounds in this remote feeling sanctuary. Nesting eagles, herons, waterfowl, deer, beaver, mink, and the rumored cougar are present. Scenery is outstanding with soaring cliffs, towering pines, and swift water. Further down the river, springs and weeping cliffs create a vibrant green carpet of ferns, mosses and wildflowers in an almost fairy-like landscape. In addition to its spectacular beauty, 200 foot deep canyon, and extraordinary water quality, the Kinni is an un-excelled wild brown trout fishery, probably the most productive trout stream in the entire Upper Mississippi River Basin.
Since 1991, when the Kansas City Chiefs team picked UW-River Falls’ Ramer Sports Complex as its summer training camp, they joined four other NFL teams in what has become known as the “Cheese League,” an informal alignment of professional teams that practice in the area and often scrimmage together. Along with the Green Bay Packers (De Pere), Chicago Bears (Platteville), New Orleans Saints (La Crosse) and Minnesota Vikings (Mankato, MN.), the Chiefs give area visitors and residents the chance to get a close-up view of hard-hitting NFL action. Each Chiefs’ practice is open to the public, giving visitors the chance to see what a real NFL workout is like.During their stay in River Falls, players and coaches are often seen strolling through downtown or in some of the local stores, restaurants and bars.
River Falls itself has two highly-recognized quality golf courses: Kilkarney Hills Golf Course and River Falls Golf Club. The area has over 10 golf courses to choose from. Within the rural landscape of the scenic St. Croix River Valley, there are recreational opportunities for every adventurer; rolling terrain, hills, and wooded areas – as well as many beautiful views. Also, Pierce and St. Croix County collectively offer some of the most scenic bike routes in the state, and a new skate park has just opened in Hoffman Park. The circular blacktopped area contains half-pipes and ramps.