Beavers (Castor canadensis) were almost eliminated from Georgia because of unregulated trapping and habitat loss. Wildlife restoration efforts were quickly successful and beavers are thriving statewide today.

Beavers are found in the creeks and ponds of Trinity Lakes. Beavers are North America’s largest rodents and live on both land and in water. Their broad flat tails are used for stability while sitting, feeding or chewing trees.

Beavers create their own shelter in the form of either bank dens or lodges. Dens are created by digging a series of holes in the water banks. The beaver’s most famous signature is the dam. Wetlands created by beavers provide excellent habitat for plants, animals, waterfowl and migratory birds. The wetlands also serve as a filtration system trapping sediments and improving water quality.