• Canoeists paddle by tree lined shores

    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

Animals

A badger, white and brown, is covered in reddish sand from digging a hole. Only his left ear is dirt free.

A Badger Pauses from his Work

Henry Katorik

An abundance of wildlife exists within the Riverway. Knowing specifically what species reside or travel through the Riverway can be a challenge. Resource management staff, researchers, and scientists are actively trying to learn what species are found here. At this site you will find the current list of animal species. This site will be updated, as new information becomes available.

Species lists are available for amphibians, birds, fish, insects, mammals, mollusks and reptiles. Also check out some of the videos of the freshwater mussels- one of the park's most unique and endangered residents and an indication of the river's cleanliness. Additional information is also available about bird species of the riverway, their habitats and good locations to find them (or go "birding").

If during your visit you should see wildlife that you thought was unusual or unique tell a ranger or send us an e-mail. Who knows you might add a new species to one of our lists.

You may print a check list of some of the common animals in the park if you wish.

Did You Know?

An aerial photo of the river splitting and a tributaru joining from the north

In the Dakota language The St. Croix River is O-Ki-Zu-Wa-Kpa: To meet or to unite, as the waters of a river gather into a lake or two rivers meet or an area where we planted. Dakota and Ojibwe Indians still live near St. Croix NSR.