Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 22, 2018

Parking and road construction information for celebrating the Fourth of July in Stillwater

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — With the upcoming Fourth of July fireworks and other events in Stillwater, we’d like to provide some information about parking and where you can and can’t watch the fireworks display this year.


If you are planning to visit the Stillwater area for Fourth of July festivities and fireworks, parking will be available in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. You will be able to park, if space is available, at the newly completed park and ride lot south of Wisconsin Hwy 35 and at the Main Trailhead lot across from the Houlton Elementary School. 

Parking also will be available in Wisconsin along specific Town of St. Joseph roadways to then access the Loop Trail to the new St. Croix Crossing bridge.

Please note: There will be no facilities (restroom, water, etc.) available in Wisconsin, so plan accordingly. 
In Minnesota, a limited amount of parking is also available at the new Minnesota Upper Loop Trail parking lot on the east side of Hwy 95 just south of downtown Stillwater.

And since the Stillwater Lift Bridge is currently being rehabilitated, there is no access to the Lift Bridge from either Wisconsin or Minnesota. There also is no access to the St. Croix River from Wisconsin since the old Wisconsin Hwy 64 and old Co. Rd. E are both closed to the public.

No stopping or parking on the St. Croix Crossing bridge

Stopping to let off passengers or parking on the new St. Croix Crossing bridge is prohibited. Law enforcement officers from both Minnesota and Wisconsin will be present during July 4 activities to keep traffic flowing across the new bridge and on Minnesota Hwy 36 and Wisconsin Hwy 64.

Maps of available parking and loop trail access in both states can be found on the Wisconsin project website on the “Full Overview” page, projects.511wi.gov/stcroixcrossing/full-project-overview. 

Hwy 95 to open before July 4

Hwy 95, which has been closed between Hwy 36 and Nelson Street south of downtown Stillwater, is expected to be open to traffic by Monday, July 2. The roadway was closed and detoured for installation of new drainage structures beneath the highway near the Oasis Cafe to improve storm water runoff.

Visit the Hwy 95 project website for more details about traffic impacts and detours during construction.

And please remember, stay out of any construction zones in either state.

Construction of the loop trail system in both Minnesota and Wisconsin continues through this fall. The public is prohibited from entering these construction areas as there are a large number of construction vehicles, uneven terrain, excavation and other unsafe conditions that pose a risk to anyone who does not belong in the work area. 

In addition, those who are not working in the project area could be cited for trespassing. Your cooperation is appreciated to keep everyone safe during construction in both states.

We hope you all have a fun and safe holiday!

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit 511mn.org.