Boone River Watershed

North Central Iowa

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Iowa State University, and The Nature Conservancy routinely survey fish in restored oxbows in the Boone River Watershed.

The federally endangered Topeka shiner is one of thousands of fish representing 18 species that have been identified in 17 newly restored habitats on private agricultural lands. The Topeka shiner lives in pool and run areas of small to mid-size prairie streams. In Iowa, Minnesota, and portions of South Dakota, Topeka shiners also live in oxbows and off-channel pools.