• Stillwater Lift Bridge Loop Opening Celebration 

    Join us for a historic Community Celebration as we officially open the Loop Trail- a newly constructed 4.7 loop trail system that connects the historic Lift Bridge with the St. Croix River Crossing Bridge. 

    Saturday, August 14th, 2021 - Lowell Park, Stillwater MN

    The event will kick off with an official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 10 a.m. with dignitaries from both the state of Minnesota and Wisconsin to celebrate the re-opening of the Lift Bridge and shared loop trail between two states, two historic bridges and the beautiful St. Croix River. The official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is brought to you by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

    Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - 10:00 a.m.
    Celebration Speakers:
    Master of Ceremonies Stillwater Mayor Ted Kozlowski

    County Commissioner Gary Kriesel
    State Representative Shelly Christenson
    State Senator Karen Housley
    Representative Betty McCollum

    St. Joseph Township
    County Commissioner Dan Hansen
    Deputy Transportation Commissioner Paul Hammer

    August 14th Lift/Loop Celebration Schedule of Events
    ~ Lowell Park riverfront, Stillwater, MN ~

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.  Beer Garden Open, sponsored by the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce

    11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Lift/Loop Celebration Park Exhibits

    1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Mascot Dance Off

    1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Curio Dance Group

    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Zephyr/Phipps Theater performances

    3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Broken Spoke Band, Sponsored by the Water Street Inn

    6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Tim Sigler Band

    9:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Fireworks

    11:00 p.m. – Beer Garden Closes


    Bridge the Valley Bike Ride – Find out more and register HERE!

    This historic Celebration is sponsored by the City of Stillwater, in collaboration with the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Washington County, as well as partnering efforts with community members from various cities in the area including Oak Park Heights, Bayport, Hudson, WI., New Richmond, WI. Somerset, WI, St. Joseph Township, WI, St. Croix County, Washington County and numerous civic clubs, organizations and businesses.


  • LOWELL PARK EXHIBITS/11:00 a - 3:00 p

    • Brown’s Creek & Gateway Trail Association
    • Community Thread
    • Health Partners
    • Lakeview EMS
    • Lakeview Hospital
    • Minnesota Department of Transportation
    • National Park Service
    • Stillwater Area School District 834
    • Stillwater Fire
    • Stillwater Police
    • Sunrise Rotary Club
    • Sustainable Stillwater
    • The Zephyr Theatre
    • Washington County Sheriff
    • Wild Rivers Conservancy
  • ST. CROIX TRAILHEAD EXHIBITS/11:30 a - 3:30 p

    • Bike Rodeo 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    • St. Joseph’s Fire Department
    • St. Croix County Display
    • Family Oriented Games
    • Non Profits
    • ​Food Trucks
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