3rd stop = Deeper Flowing Water with Large Dragons
Erickson Boat Landing, DNR boat launch on the Paint River, upstream from Highway 141
MNFI found Ophiogomphus nymphs at the bridge of Hwy 141 (NW of Crystal Falls), but it was shaded in that area by the time I arrived on June 11, 2014. I saw the sign to the boat launch upstream which was a few miles upstream and was pleased with the river access (46.14224, -88.40381).
The river was fairly wide (~80’) and ranged in depth from knee-deep to waist-deep with a moderate flow.
Dozens of teneral/young Swift River Cruisers (M. illinoiensis) with a couple of Prince Baskettails (E. princeps) were patrolling the river overhead.
young adult female Swift River Cruiser (M. illinoiensis):
I have never seen so many Macromias flying in one place. A couple of snaketails were observed, but too far away for a chance to ID. At one point a female Twin-spotted Spiketail (Cordelegaster maculata) flew by and landed in a tree on the far bank.
Upstream from the boat launch was a small woodland creek with a gravelly bottom and a few silty areas. A couple of fast-flying dragonflies eluded me and remain a mystery.
Unfortunately, this was the last stop with good weather. The coming day called for rain, wind, and cooler temperatures.