Eckert Blufflands Park

Eckert Blufflands Park Master Plan

Eckert Blufflands

St. Croix County has begun a master planning process for the new Eckert Blufflands Park along the St. Croix River, north of Hudson. 

Located in the towns of Hudson and St. Joseph, the new park covers almost 170 acres and features 100-foot tall wooded bluffs, deep ravines, former agricultural fields, and more than a half-mile of St. Croix River shoreline. The park will have a natural resource and outdoor recreation focus that could include scenic overlooks, shoreline access and exploration, picnicking, camping, hiking, snowshoeing, bird watching, hunting and trapping, and other outdoor recreation activities. 

Estimated Project Schedule

The planning process is expected to last 10-12 months and be complete in early 2021. The project phases are listed below. Dates are approximate and may change throughout the process. 

Phase 1: Project Kick off (April-June, 2020)

Phase 2: Inventory & Analysis (May-August, 2020)

Phase 3: Develop Concepts (July-October, 2020)

Phase 4: Develop Master Plan (October, 2020-January, 2021)

Public Engagement

The County is interested in the public’s input on future development and programming options for the park. Due to COVID-19, engagement will primarily take place through online methods, small group meetings and interviews, and website information. Check back to this web page often to see updates on the planning process.  

The first phase of public engagement is open now through Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2020. This phase of engagement is designed to obtain input on potential ideas, issues, and opportunities for the site. There are currently two ways to provide input:

Please provide your input by taking this brief (5-10 minute) survey: Eckert Blufflands Survey

Please also visit the project’s Social Pinpoint page to view a map of the parkland and to provide comments and input on a map-based engagement tool: Eckert Blufflands Interactive Map

Watch for the second phase of engagement in late fall or early winter of 2020. We will be asking for feedback on draft concept plans for the park.

Master Planning TeamEckert Blufflands Cabin

The County has hired a consultant team to assist with the master planning process, which includes HKGi (park master planning) and Emmons and Olivier Resources (natural resource management). The master planning team will be evaluating existing conditions in the park, analyzing issues and opportunities for future development and vegetation management, exploring various concept approaches, and developing a master plan document that will guide future investments.

St. Croix County Staff Contact: John Hilgers, Senior Planner (john.hilgers@sccwi.gov)