Mountain Island Lake and its shoreline are home to hundreds of fish, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians who take advantage of the clean water and protected land.

Largemouth and striped bass are favorites of fishermen, who also pull in crappie, perch and catfish. Here’s a complete list of fish to be found in Mountain Island Lake.

  • Longnose Gar
  • Gizzard Shad
  • Threadfin Shad
  • Grass Carp
  • Greenfin Shiner
  • Whitefin Shiner
  • Common Carp
  • Golden Shiner
  • Spottail Shiner
  • Swallowtail Shiner
  • Guillback
  • Notchlip Redhorse
  • Snail Bullhead
  • White Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Eastern Mosquitofish
  • White Perch
  • White Bass
  • Redbreast Sunfish
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Warmouth
  • Bluegill
  • Redear Sunfish
  • Hybrid Sunfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Striped Bass
  • Swamp Darter
  • Tessellated Darter
  • Yellow Perch

Mountain Island Lake is a bird watchers’ dream, with 97 different species to be spotted, including bald eagles, osprey, green and great blue heron and five different types of hawks. Birders can get a checklist from the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve to track their sitings.

Mammals found near the lake include white-tailed deer, gray and red foxes, minks, raccoons, opossums and bats, as well as squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits and mice.

Turtles  enjoy sunning  themselves on rocks and logs –but dive for cover at the approach of a boat. The snakes and amphibians are also shy – and seldom seen.