The Red River

The Red River is featured in a lot of my posts, since I live very close to it and I often find interesting birds and critters on or near it.

There is more than 1 Red River though, so for anyone not familiar with the one I write about, I will give you more details than what I have done before.

On Wikipedia it is referred to as the Red River of the North and they have a map there showing the river’s route north from just south of Fargo on the North Dakota/Minnesota border to Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba.  I copied the map to put here.

The Red River
The Red River

The Red and Assiniboine Rivers were both used by Natives and then early settlers as a means of transportation.  The rivers meet in Winnipeg and this area (now called The Forks) was a meeting place for many and the beginning of Winnipeg.

The Red River is always dark and muddy looking due to the clay base.  You can not see much more than a couple of inches below the surface of the water – at least when it is passing through Winnipeg.  This does not stop the birds, fish and mammals that live on and around it.  I just searched for “fish found in Red River” and found this page that lists an impressive variety of fish found in the Red River.

I often see fish jumping while Chester and I walk along the river – but of course it happens much to fast to get a picture of one.

Red River
Red River

My morning view of the Red River.  I can’t imagine starting my day without seeing this.  🙂