• Canoeists paddle by tree lined shores

    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

Insects, Spiders, Centipedes, Millipedes

A damselfly, landed on a green leaf.  The wings a black tipped and the body is a shiny green.

A River Jewelwing damselfly lands on a leaf.

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Insects can be ugly or beautiful. Some mange to be both at different stages of their life. At times The Riverway can have too many insects, with mosquitoes, black flies and ticks abounding.

Dragonflies are part of what makes the Riverway special. A new species, the St. Croix Snaketail, was discovered in 1993 and has brought attention to the variety and quantityof dragonflies to be seen both in and out of the water. A list of Dragonfly species.

Butterflies also add color to the Riverway. From early spring to late fall they can be seen flying and landing on plants and river shorelines. A list of Butterfly species

Did You Know?

a face profile seemingly formed by a rock wall

The Old Man of the Dalles is one of the many features visitors can see looking at the rocks in the Dalles, or rocky gorge, of the St. Croix River. A great way to view these rocky features, as well as St. Croix NSR, is from the water in a boat or a canoe.