St. Croix Creek flows under County Road A north of Solon Springs, Wisconsin and then, in a few hundred yards, flows into Upper St. Croix Lake. In all, St. Croix Creek is just over a mile long. The St. Croix River itself flows out of the south end of Upper St. Croix Lake. It flows through marshland, passes by Gordon, Wisconsin, and swings to the west to avoid an east-west running ridge. This section of the river ends at the Gordon Dam. The dam forms the St. Croix Flowage.

Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing... about in boats — or with boats. In or out of 'em, it doesn't matter.   Nothing seems really to matter, that's the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don't; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you're always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you've done it there's always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you'd much better not.

     - Rat talking to Mole about boating, from The Wind In the Willows by Kenneth Grahame