Most of the Gordon/St Croix Flowage is relatively wild and undeveloped; if you’re stealthy enough, you’ll see abundant birds and wildlife.
Several pairs of loons, eagles, and ospreys nest here; please enjoy them from a distance. You may also see trumpeter swans, blue herons, sandhill cranes, terns, kingfishers, sandpipers and other shorebirds, and even the occasional pelican. If you’re a birder, we’re definitely worth a visit.
In the flowage, you may spot beavers, otters, and muskrats. Along the shoreline, watch for deer, bear, fisher, fox, mink, and weasels—and, of course, lots of exotic squirrels and chipmunks. (Actually, you may see some squirrels that are a little unusual. In this corner of Wisconsin, we have a small variant population of gray squirrels with black fur.)
We also have a few coyotes and wolves in the area; if you’re very lucky, you may spot one watching from the shoreline at dawn or dusk.
You’ll find very few snakes this far north; none of them are poisonous. The Flowage is, however, home to lots of frogs and turtles. In the spring, our frogs are very musical.