A World of Wonder Just Below the Surface of the St. Lawrence River

With the 1000 Islands’ stunning natural beauty surrounding you at just about every turn, it may be tempting to overlook an entirely hidden world of wonder bursting with life just beneath the surface.

As the last realm of exploration on Earth, the underwater world hosts an abundance of life often unseen by our eyes. In our aquarium exhibits, come “face to fin” with some of the strangest, most wondrous animals hiding just beyond our view.

The St. Lawrence River supports an array of freshwater life ranging from the biggest Muskie to the smallest minnow, and everything in-between. There’s a world you never dreamed of just within your reach in our aquarium habitats. Come find what you may have been missing all this time and awaken the spirit of adventure lying deep within you.

Curious to know what’s dwelling in the shadowy depths of the 1000 Islands? Look below to learn more about some of our freshwater friends from the St. Lawrence River:

  • Black Crappie
  • Blue Gill Sun Fish
  • Brown Trout
  • Bullhead Catfish
  • Burbot
  • Carp
  • Channel Catfish
  • Creek Chub Minnow
  • Eel
  • Killifish
  • Large Mouth Bass
  • Longnose Gar
  • Muskie
  • Pike
  • Rock Bass
  • Sturgeon
  • Trout

Fish Fast Facts:

  • Freshwater fishes, including many of those native to the 1000 Islands region, comprise more than 6 percent of the world’s protein supply for human consumption.
  • Fish make up a crucial link between ecosystems when humans consume them: they transport nutrient-dense materials across the boundary between land and water.
  • A popular fish of anglers young and old in the 1000 Islands is the Muskellunge, commonly known as the Muskie. These trophy fish grow very large (the world record is 67lbs) and are known for putting up a good fight before being reeled in.