For those wanting to extend their Brown's Creek trail experience to the S of Stillwater along the 'paved' bike path along the river South to the new St Croix bridge and beyond:
The bad news : The trail is closed because of flooding and construction from about 200 yards S of the Dock Cafe/Nelson Street. It is passable (rough dirt ) to the Oasis Cafe . Then to proceed S you need to ride on the very busy and "narrow to zero" shoulder of hwy 95 to the Sunnyside marina turning where the paved trail restarts on the E side of hwy 95. Coming N there is a better shoulder on the E side of hwy 95 until parked cars line the road .
The good news:
A new paved trail right next to hwy 95 on E side (so should be no flooding issues) is under construction from the Oasis Cafe to Sunny Side marina turning. According to construction crew blacktopping is schedule for Aug 24th (.UPDATE (8-2-2018) Blacktopping is done. Crews are doing some finishing work (retaining walls, grading etc). Trail is passable if construction crews are not actively working on it.
On the Wisconsin side the trail head on the E side of Houlton has a very nice new parking lot and a building under construction so the Houlton - Stillwater loop is starting to take shape ..
So this Brown's Creek link trail route is a work in progress. This is based upon my bike tour today July 16th and 1 update of Aug 2nd