Animals and the River

This stop features a place where the river widens and the water becomes shallower. This stretch of river – host to more rocks than water – may be dangerous for the advanced kayakers who paddle the river in the spring, but it is valuable to the animals that use it as a place to cross.

The rocks that peek out of the river as the water level lowers in summer are perfect stepping stones for a small animal wanting to reach the other side, and the shallow water allows larger animals to wade across with ease. Animals also use downed trees as bridges and swim across calmer stretches if able.

You may see deer, squirrels and chipmunks, foxes, raccoons, frogs, turtles, bobcats, hares, muskrats, fishers, and other animals around the Preserve. These animals all use the river in some way, many for the water they need to survive. As you walk along the Cathance River Trail, check out muddy patches along the trail and river. See if you can find the tracks of animals that came to visit. How big was the animal that made the track? Did it come to drink or to cross?