St. Croix Valley, MN Memorial Forest
A 112-acre lakefront forest, 45 minutes from the Twin Cities.
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What you’ll love about St. Croix Valley

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flora & fauna

forest highlights

What makes this forest special

Situated alongside Fish Lake in Scandia, Minnesota, this property features gently rolling hills and 2,500 feet of tree-lined lakefront. Many centuries ago, the St. Croix Valley was covered in glaciers. This movement created the lakes, rivers, and wetlands we enjoy today — as do an abundance of wildlife.

The trees in this forest consist primarily of large, mature white and red oak trees, both of which turn to exuberant shades of red in the fall. Other tree species include the paper birch, sugar maple, silver maple, and bigtooth aspen.

When you purchase a memorial tree in St. Croix Valley, you contribute to the protection of forestland and wildlife habitat that your loved ones can enjoy – now and for years to come.

flora & fauna

What you’re protecting

The property is among the largest undisturbed tracts of forest in the area and sits within one of Washington County’s Top Ten Priority Conservation Areas. It provides a critical corridor for wildlife to travel between several large lake systems and the St. Croix River.

In the forest, the lake and wetlands provide habitat for a variety of wildlife, including several species of frogs, turtles and birds such as loons, trumpeter swans, and bald eagles. The forest and wetlands also help filter water before it flows into neighboring lakes and eventually the St. Croix River — contributing to the health of the surrounding environment.

Experience the sights and sounds
Book a forest tour online or in person to discover the beauty of St. Croix Valley.

Location and directions

Visiting hours

Appointments available Mar–Oct, weather permitting
Thurs–Mon at 9am, 12 pm, & 2:30pm
Drop-ins available Thursdays

Address

12630 Lakamaga Trail N, Scandia, MN 55047

Drive from nearby cities

Minneapolis, MN

St. Paul, MN

Hudson, WI

Cambridge, MN

Rochester, MN

St. Cloud, MN

Eau Claire, WI

Hayward, WI

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Choose an area based on your preferences: access to trails, special views, or natural features.

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FAQ
Can I visit the St. Croix Valley memorial forest?
Yes! We’d love to host you and your loved ones in the forest. Book a tour to experience St. Croix Valley, meet our team, and enjoy the forest. You can also reach us by phone at 877-830-8311, or email at [email protected]
Where is Better Place Forests St. Croix Valley located?
Better Place Forests St. Croix Valley is located at 12630 Lakamaga Trail N, Scandia, MN 55047. Our St. Croix Valley location is about 37 miles from Minneapolis, or a roughly 40 minute drive. For more information, visit our Driving Directions to Better Place Forests St. Crox Valley.
What tree species are there in the St. Croix Valley memorial forest?
The trees species in St. Croix Valley consist primarily of large, mature white and red oak trees. Other tree species include the paper birch, sugar maple, silver maple, and bigtooth aspen.
Is there an alternative to traditional burials near Minneapolis?
Yes — Better Place Forests St. Croix Valley is a natural alternative to traditional funerals about a 40 minute drive from Minneapolis. With Better Place Forests, you can choose a memorial tree instead of a tombstone as a lasting, living memorial that helps protect forestland and local habitats. To learn more, book an online or in-person forest tour today.
Is it legal to spread ashes in Minnesota?
Yes, it is legal to spread ashes in Minnesota. For more information, visit our complete guide to scattering ashes outdoors.
How does Better Place Forests work?
Better Place Forests offers a natural alternative to cemeteries for those who choose cremation. When you choose a memorial tree, you help protect it and the entire forest for years to come.

Our team will help you plan a forest memorial to create an experience that’s right for you, and the ashes of loved ones and pets can join your tree in the future if you choose. When the time comes, ashes are mixed with local soil and placed at the base of your tree, becoming part of the forest.

To choose your tree, you can book an online forest tour with one of our advisors. For more information, visit How Better Place Forests Works.