Although I live in a very small (920 sf home), we also have a river that runs through our backyard. So I take the good with the bad. Having a river in your yard is amazing. My kids have explored this river in the last nine months and found many treasures. We have found tadpoles and later frogs, enjoyed salamanders, fed ducks and seen their babies grow, and of course got muddy and dirty. Throwing rocks into the river is one of their favorite activities.