St. Lawrence River Ecosystem

The Upper St. Lawrence River has a wonderfully complex ecosystem and is home to the Thousand Islands region, a globally unique archipelago.

Linking Great Lakes to the Ocean

The St. Lawrence River is one of the largest Rivers in the world, linking the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. The Great Lakes hold nearly 20% of the world's freshwater, placing the St. Lawrence River in a unique position. As the only natural outflow to the Great Lakes, the health of the St. Lawrence is forever directly tied to the health of one of the world's greatest freshwater ecosystems.

Thousand Islands

Flowing over ancient glaciated rock, the upper St. Lawrence River has formed a unique island paradise known as the Thousand Islands, consisting of 1,864 islands. The islands provide a variety of habitats supporting all kinds of plants and wildlife.

Wildlife

imageThe St. Lawrence River valley is teeming with wildlife throughout the year.

The River is home to several species of concern including threatened and endangered species such as Blanding's turtle, bald eagles, osprey, black tern, and the Indiana bat.

Numerous north woods mammal species find their home on the shores and islands of the River including muskrat, beaver, flying squirrels, mink, deer, porcupine, and many others. Winter ice cover on the River provides important passage for animals from the shoreline and to/from many of the islands.

Known as one of the great freshwater sport fishing grounds in the northeast, anglers travel from around the country to fish for pike, bass (particularly smallmouth bass), and muskellunge on the River.

The St. Lawrence River Valley is a key part of the Atlantic Migratory Fly-Way - the main pathway for seasonal migration of many bird species. The region has also been listed as an Important Bird Area by Audubon New York.

Bald eagles, which have not been seen in the River valley for many years, are making a comeback and can be seen frequently on the River in the winter. Visit our bald eagle page to learn more.

Wetlands

The St. Lawrence River is home to extensive coastal wetlands which provide filtration for runoff, flood retention, and provide wildlife with food and shelter. Wetlands also act as a nursery for the species of the River including waterfowl, numerous fish species as well as amphibians and reptiles.

For more information about the River's ecosystem visit the following:

Latest News

Catch & Release End of the Year Update – 2014
Our summary of the first season of our expanded Catch & Release program. read more

Watertown Daily Times nails it:”Proceed with Plan 2014″
From the Watertown Daily Times, "It's imperative that the U.S. and Canadian governments implement Plan 2014...The problem with the call by south shore partisans to block Plan 2014 is there are no accompanying recommendations to reverse the damage done to the ecosystems over the past several decades." read more

A Bass is Too Valuable to Catch Only Once…
Check out this great article on our Catch & Release program written by board member, John Peach. read more

Save The River Reports on Week 7 of Beach Watch Program
Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 7th through August 25th Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 7. read more

Jefferson County, Town of Clayton Pass Resolutions Endorsing Plan 2014
The Jefferson County Board of Legislators and the Clayton Town Board have unanimously passed resolutions in support of Plan 2014 at their August and July meetings respectively. read more

Save The River Reports on Week 6 of Beach Watch Program
Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 7th through August 25th Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 6. read more

Save The River Reports on Week 5 of Beach Watch Program
Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 7th through August 25th Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 5. read more

Save The River Reports on Week 4 of Beach Watch Program
Clayton, NY (July 31, 2014) - Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 7th through August 25th Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 4. For the 2014 sampling season Save The River volunteers are collecting water quality samples at ... read more

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Founded in 1978, Save The River is a non-profit, member-supported environmental organization whose mission is to restore, preserve and protect the ecological integrity of the Upper St. Lawrence River through advocacy, education and research. Since 2004 Save The River has been a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance as the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper.

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The St. Lawrence River is one of the largest Rivers in the world and a magnificent place to live, work and play. Save The River has been working for more than 35 years to protect the River for current and future generations.

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Photos from around the River

Off to the races by Pam Quimby  Resting by Pam Quimby  On the Rocks by Nick Apel  Classic Sunset by Barb Hupp  TI Park Library by Meg Kerr  Fall by Carrie Kerr  Girls by Juliane Bauer  Winter Navigation by Sherman Ward  Off on the River by Jenni Werndorf  A Seaway View by Devon Colby 
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