• Canoeists paddle by tree lined shores

    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

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    The St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers are running high, fast and cold due to snowmelt and recent rain. Ice flows and other floating debris may be present making conditions additionally hazardous. Osceola Landing has been closed. Other landings may be flooded More »

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.


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 mussel or clam on the sand.  It is dark and bumpy.

Winged maple leaf mussels were thought to be extinct until some were rediscovered in the St. Croix River in 1987. Today scientists are helping to raise young mussels and re-introducing them into their former range including St. Croix National Scenic Riverway to help prevent future extinction.