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National Wild and Scenic Rivers System (48)

Alagnak Wild River, Alaska

1000 Silver St., Bldg. 603
King Salmon, AK 99613
Phone: (907) 246-3305
Description: The headwaters of Alagnak Wild River lie within the rugged Aleutian Range of neighboring Katmai National Park and Preserve. Meandering west towards Bristol Bay and the Bering Sea, the Alagnak traverses the beautiful Alaska Peninsula, providing an unparalleled opportunity to experience the unique wilderness, wildlife, and cultural heritage of southwest Alaska.

Alatna Wild River, Alaska

Airport Road
Bettles, AK 99726
Phone: (907) 692-5494
Description: Dedicated a wild and scenic river on December 2, 1980, the Alatna River drains the central Brooks Range. Wildlife, spectacular scenery and interesting geologic features abound along the river corridor. The first twenty-five miles from the headwater lakes are rocky and can be very shallow. During low water a portage of several miles from the Summit Lake may be required and lining boats may be necessary as well.

Aniakchak Wild River, Alaska

1000 Silver St., Bldg. 603
King Salmon, AK 99613
Phone: (907) 246-3305
Description: Given its remote location and challenging weather conditions, Aniakchak is one of the most wild and least visited places in the National Park System. This landscape is a vibrant reminder of Alaska's location in the volcanically active "Ring of Fire," as it is home to an impressive six mile (10 km) wide, 2,500 ft deep caldera formed during a massive volcanic eruption 3,500 years ago.

Bluestone National Scenic River, West Virginia

3405 Pipestem Drive
Pipestem, WV 25979
Phone: (304) 465-0508
Description: The Bluestone River and the rugged and ancient gorge it has carved is a richly diverse and scenic area of the southern Appalachians. Bluestone National Scenic River is preserved as a living landscape that provides an unspoiled experience for visitors and a haven for a variety of plants and animals. The park protects a 10.5-mile section of the Bluestone River in southern West Virginia.

Cache la Poudre Wild and Scenic River, Colorado

Fort Collins, Colorado
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Phone: (800) 274-3678 Fort Collins Info
Description: The Cache la Poudre River is located east of the Continental Divide, in the northern Front Range of Colorado. It is affectionately known as the "Poudre" by local residents and long-time visitors to the area. The main and south forks of the Poudre originate in Rocky Mountain National Park, then flow north and east through the Roosevelt National Forest. The river eventually passes through the City of Fort Collins, then joins the south Platte River east of Greeley.
Fort Collins Website

Charley Wild River, Alaska

There is no direct road access into the Charley River basin.
West end of 1st Avenue
Eagle, AK 99738
Phone: (907) 547-2233
Description: The Charley River originates in the Yukon-Tanana uplands and flows northward about 108 miles to the Yukon River. The river flows through three distinct topographic regions - open upland valley, entrenched river, and open floodplain - offering varied, sometimes spectacular scenery as well as unspoiled wilderness. The upland valleys drain a rugged mountain area where peaks over 6,000 feet are common. The river passes beneath high bluffs and cliffs where the majority of the rapids occur. When the river leaves the high bluff area, it enters the flat plain of the Yukon Valley where it slowly meanders to the Yukon River.

Chilikadrotna Wild River, Alaska

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is located on the Alaska Peninsula southwest of Anchorage and west of Homer.
We are not on the road system
Port Alsworth, AK 99653
Phone: (907) 644-3626
Description: The Chilikadrotna River originates from Chigmit Mountains (a sub-range of the Alaska-Aleutian ranges) at Twin Lakes and flows west through its foothills approximately 9 miles to the border of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve then re-enters the Preserve for 2.6 miles. The river continues an additional 35 miles through state land before joining the Mulchatna River.

Eightmile National Wild and Scenic River, Connecticut

1066 Saybrook Rd
Haddam, CT 06438
Phone: (860) 345-8700
Description: The Eightmile River has its source along a small drainage into several small swamps in an undeveloped region about three miles east of Bashan in the town of East Haddam, Connecticut. This source is fairly centered between Ackley Road, Hall Kilbourne Road, Usher Swamp Road, and Miles Standish Road. Wikipedia
Wikipedia Website

Farmington National Wild and Scenic River, Connecticut

100 East River Road
Pleasant Valley,, CT 06063
Phone: (860) 379-0282
Description: The 14-miles of the West Branch and mainstem winds though Connecticut - from Hartland, downstream through Barkhamstead, New Hartford, and Canton.

Flathead River, Montana

650 Wolf Pack Way
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 758-5200
Description: The designated river includes the North Fork, Middle Fork and South Fork above Hungry Horse Reservoir and features recreation, scenery, historic sites, unique fisheries and wildlife such as grizzly bears and wolves. The rugged area includes the landscapes of Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall and Great Bear Wilderness areas.

Great Egg Harbor Scenic and Recreational River, New Jersey

Route 50
Estell Manor, NJ 08330
Phone: (215) 597-5823
Description: The River gradually widens as it picks up the waters of 17 tributaries on its way to Great Egg Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Established by Congress in 1992, nearly all of this 129-mile river system rests within the Pinelands National Reserve. This National Park Service unit is unusual in that local jurisdictions continue to administer the lands.

John Wild River, Alaska

Within Gates of the Arctic National Park.
North Slope Borough, Yukon–Koyukuk, AK 99754
Phone: n/a
Description: This river flows south from Anaktuvuk Pass in Alaska's Brooks Range. The valley is an important migration route for the Arctic Caribou Herd.

Kern River, California Kings River, California

Kings Canyon National Park
Three Rivers, CA 93271
Phone: (559) 565-3341
Description: The Kings River is a 133 mile river draining the Sierra Nevada mountain range in central California in the United States. Its headwaters originate along the Sierra Crest in and around Kings Canyon National Park and form the eponymous Kings Canyon

Kobuk Wild River, Alaska

Airport Road
Bettles, AK 99726
Phone: (907) 692-5494
Description: The Kobuk River flows from its headwaters in the Endicott Mountains and Walker Lake, through a broad valley. Located on the southernmost reaches of the Brooks Range, it passes through one of the largest continuous forested areas in the Park and Preserve.

Lamprey Wild and Scenic River, New Hampshire

Packers Falls Road
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: n/a
Description: The Lamprey River is a 50 mile-long river in southeastern New Hampshire, the United States. It rises in Meadow Lake in Northwood, and flows south, then generally east through Raymond, Epping, Lee, Durham and finally Newmarket. Here, it meets Great Bay, a tidal inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, to which it is connected by a tidal estuary, the Piscataqua River.

Lower Delaware Wild and Scenic River, New Jersey to Pennsylvania

The Lower Delaware National Wild and Scenic River is located between Interstate 80 (at Portland, Pennsylvania and Columbia, New Jersey)
Portland, PA 18351
Phone: (215) 597-6482
Description: The largest free-flowing river in the eastern United States, the Delaware River runs past forests, farmlands, and villages, and it also links some of the most densely populated regions in America.

Lower Farmington and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic Rivers, Connecticut

749 Hopmeadow St
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: (860) 658-4442
Description: The Farmington River is a river, 46.7 miles in length along its main stem, which is located in northwest Connecticut with major tributaries extending into southwest Massachusetts. Wikipedia

Maurice Scenic and Recreational River, New Jersey

limited access
Millville, NJ 08332
Phone: (856) 453-2184
Description: Since public access to the Maurice River is limited, the best place to view the river is from the bridge in Mauricetown. Boat access is available at Millville's Fowser Road Boat Ramp or at a marina. The region offers municipal parks, good family restaurants, and of course, the wonderful New Jersey farm produce available from single family stands or very large roadside markets. There are also many more specialized attractions available to visitors in the vicinity of the river

Merced River, California

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Phone: (209) 372-0200
Description: The Merced River drops over Nevada Falls and Vernal Falls, together known as the "Giant Staircase", then receives Illilouette Creek and flows into Yosemite Valley, where it meanders between pine forests and meadows that fill the valley floor

Middle Delaware River, New Jersey to Pennsylvania

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Bushkill, PA 18324
Phone: (570) 426-2451
Description: Established for its natural beauty and recreational value, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area also contains within its boundaries a diverse variety of historic places. The park encompasses American Indian archeological sites, European colonial structures, and the remains of rural villages from the 18th and 19th centuries. Visitors to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area can enjoy exploring these culturally diverse destinations, many of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Missisquoi and Trout National Wild and Scenic River, Vermont

2839 VT Route 105
East Berkshire, VT 05447
Phone: (802) 393-0076
Description: In December 2014, Vermont joined the prestigious network of the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System when a congressional action designated 46.1 miles of the Upper Missisquoi River and the Trout River as Wild & Scenic.

Missouri National Recreational River, South Dakota to Nebraska

508 East 2nd Street
Yankton, SD 57078
Phone: (605) 665-0209
Description: Imagine a 100-mile stretch of North America's longest river, a vestige of the untamed American West. The Missouri National Recreational River is where imagination meets reality. Two free flowing stretches of the Missouri make up the National Park. Relive the past by making an exploration of the wild, untamed and mighty river that continues to flow as nature intended.

Mulchatna Wild River, Alaska

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
Port Alsworth, AK 99653
Phone: (907) 644-3626
Description: The Mulchatna River and one of its tributaries, the Chilikadrotna River, are popular Southwest Alaska destinations for floatfishing. Other Mulchatna tributaries, including the Stuyahok and Koktuli rivers, are also popular fishing streams

Musconetcong National Wild and Scenic River, New Jersey

23 Station Ave
Asbury, NJ 08802
Phone: (908) 537-7060 River Resource Center Office
Description: Flowing from Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey, to the Delaware River, the Musconetcong River played a key role in the formation of the many towns along its banks and was vital to the Lenape Tribe who lived and worked along the river. Since the 1700’s, folks in the area established mills along the river by harnessing the power of moving water to process grain and eventually graphite.

Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Wild and Scenic Rivers, Massachusetts and New Hampshire

592 Main Street
Groton, MA 01450
Phone: (978) 448-0299

Niobrara National Scenic River, Nebraska

214 W US Highway 20
Valentine, NE 69201
Phone: (402) 376-1901
Description: The 76 miles of the Niobrara National Scenic River winds through dramatic bluffs, incredible wildlife diversity, gorgeous waterfalls, world-class fossil resources, and plenty of floating fun for the whole family. Less than 1/4 of one percent of US rivers are designated under the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System. Come discover why this prairie river has earned this honor.

Noatak Wild River, Alaska

Airport Road
Gates Of The Arctic National Park and Preserve
Bettles, AK 99726
Phone: (907) 692-5494
Description: This river drains the largest mountain ringed river basin in America that is still virtually unaffected by human activities. However, this high-use area is a designated wilderness concern. Vegetation around lakes at the various put-in and take-out points is being destroyed and the impact is detracting from the area's wild character. After arriving, move directly to the river to camp on gravel bars. Use existing trails between lakes and the river. Do not build fires on the tundra.

North Fork of the Koyukuk Wild River, Alaska

Airport Road
Gates Of The Arctic National Park and Preserve
Bettles, AK 99726
Phone: (907) 692-5494
Description: The North Fork of the Koyukuk flows from the south flank on the Arctic Divide through broad, glacially carved valleys in the rugged Endicott Mountains of the Central Brooks Range. It passes between Boreal Mountain and Frigid Crags dubbed the "Gates to the Arctic" by Bob Marshall. The North Fork joins the Middle Fork and can be run all the way to Bettles Field.

Obed Wild and Scenic River, Tennessee

208 N. Maiden Street
Wartburg, TN 37887
Phone: (423) 346-6294
Description: The Obed Wild and Scenic River looks much the same today as it did when the first white settlers strolled its banks in the late 1700s. While meagerly populated due to poor farming soil, the river was a hospitable fishing and hunting area for trappers and pioneers. Today, the Obed stretches along the Cumberland Plateau and offers visitors a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.

Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River, Texas

c/o Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park, TX zzzzz
Phone: (432) 477-2251
Description: It is an irresistible playground where unruly rapids check your skills as a canyon wren’s definitive call cascades down ancient limestone cliffs. Below the chasm, the canyon’s raw beauty dances across mirrored water. While the primal nature of the river stirs hunger for spirited adventure, the river is also an undulant ribbon of wetland corridor and, against all odds, the lifeblood of the desert.

River Styx Wild and Scenic River, Oregon

19000 Caves Hwy
Cave Junction, OR 97523
Phone: (541) 592-2100
Description: According to ancient Greek mythology, Styx is the name of the underground river that separates the land of the living from Hades, the misty and gloomy home of the dead. Souls were ferried across the mythical River Styx by Charon, an ugly, bearded man with a crooked nose.

Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway, Minnesota and Wisconsin

401 North Hamilton Street
St Croix Falls, WI 54024
Phone: (715) 483-2274
Description: Grab your paddle and your longing for adventure and head to the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers! Together they form the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, offering over 200 miles of clean water that glides and rushes through a forested landscape. Paddle, boat, fish, and camp among this wild and scenic beauty. Hiking and historic towns also beckon, if you can bear to leave the cool water.

Salmon Wild River, Alaska

Kobuk Valley National Park
PO Box 1029
Kotzebue, AK 99752
Phone: (907) 442-3890
Description: he Salmon River flows 70 miles from the limestone cirques of the highest peak in Kobuk Valley National Park, Mt. Angayukaqsraq, to the Kobuk River. The Salmon River supports an excellent grayling fishery and large runs of chum and pink salmon; the river owes its name to the large salmon runs. Over its course, the Salmon River flows through the ecotone where arctic tundra transitions into boreal forest lowlands.

Snake River Headwaters Wild and Scenic River, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park
103 Headquarters Loop
Moose, WY 83012
Phone: (307) 739-3465
Description: The Snake River is the thirteenth longest river in the United States. Its watershed is the 10th largest among North American rivers, and covers almost 108,000 square miles in portions of six U.S. states: Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, and Washington, with the largest portion in Idaho. Most of the Snake River watershed lies between the Rocky Mountains on the east and the Columbia Plateau on the northwest.

Sudbury, Assabet and Concord National Wild and Scenic River, Massachusetts

10 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA 01730
Phone: (781) 918-4000 town of Bedford
Description: The Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers are located in Middlesex and Worcester Counties in eastern Massachusetts, about 20 miles west of Boston. They collectively drain an area of 400 square miles, flowing into the Merrimack River at Lowell. Within the Wild and Scenic segment the rivers are remarkably undeveloped, providing recreational opportunities in a natural setting less than one hour from several million people living in the Boston metropolitan area.

Surprise Canyon Creek Wild and Scenic River, California

15610 Vaughn Road
Death Valley, CA 92328
Phone: (760) 786-3200
Description: Surprise Canyon is a rare perennial desert stream flowing through the spectacular Panamint Mountains. The narrow slot canyon’s year-round stream flow, spring seeps, waterfalls, and riparian vegetation offer outstanding scenery and primitive recreational opportunities. The long day hike or overnight backpack up Surprise Canyon to the abandoned gold mining town of Panamint City in Death Valley National Park is one of the most outstanding treks in the California Desert.

Taunton Wild and Scenic River, Massachusetts

Cities of Bridgewater, Taunton, Fall River
Bridgewater, MA 02324
Phone: n/a
Description: The Taunton River is a river in southeastern Massachusetts. It arises from the confluence of the Town River and Matfield River, in the town of Bridgewater. From there it meanders through the towns of Halifax, Middleborough and Raynham, through the city of Taunton for which it is named, the towns of Berkley, Dighton, Somerset, and the Assonet section of Freetown, to Fall River where it joins Mount Hope Bay, an arm of Narragansett Bay.

Tinayguk Wild River, Alaska

Gates of the Arctic National Park
Bettles, AK 99726
Phone: (907) 692-5494
Description: Traveling through the park on foot affords opportunities of exploration and discovery. Mountain ridges and passes reveal splendid vistas and can take you to the most remote and least traveled areas of the Park and Preserve.

Tlikakila Wild River, Alaska

Lake Clark National Park
Port Alsworth, AK 99653
Phone: (907) 644-3626
Description: NPS Photograph The Tinayguk is the largest tributary of the North Fork of the Koyukuk. Both lie entirely within the pristine environment of Gates of the Arctic National Park.

Tuolumne River, California

Driving Directions to the Tuolumne River. Casa Loma store is located 8 miles east of the town of Groveland on Hwy 120 at Ferretti Road.
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Phone: (209) 372-0200
Description: The Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River, designated in 1984, includes 83 miles of the river on the western side of the Sierra Nevada in California. The National Park Service (NPS) manages 54 miles of the Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River in Yosemite National Park beginning at its headwaters on the Dana and Lyell forks at the crest of the Sierra Nevada.

Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, New York to Pennsylvania

274 River Road
Beach Lake, PA 18405
Phone: (570) 685-4871
Description: Canoe through rapids and quiet pools as the Delaware River winds its way through a valley of swiftly changing scenery or fish amid rolling hills and riverfront villages in one of the finest fishing rivers in the northeastern United States. The clean water of the Delaware, the last major undammed river in the eastern United States, supports a healthy ecosystem and offers tranquility and excitement.

Virgin Wild and Scenic River, Utah

Zion National Park
1 Zion Park Blvd.
State Route 9
Springdale, UT 84767
Phone: (435) 772-3256
Description: Over the course of 13 million years, the Virgin River has carved through the red sandstones of Zion National Park to create some of the most unforgettable scenery in the National Park System. In fact, this very act of natural erosion is responsible for "The Narrows," which is one of the premiere hiking adventures in the United States, possibly the world. In addition, there are several easy trails along the river.

Wekiva Wild and Scenic River, Florida

5342 Clark Road
Sarasota, FL 34233
Phone: (941) 685-5912
Description: The Wekiva River System is located within central Florida, including parts of Lake, Orange, and Seminole counties. The river system is just north of Orlando, one of Florida’s principal metropolitan areas with a rapidly growing population. The system is unique with its second magnitude springs, blackwater streams, creeks, runs, and more. It is a riverine oasis in this urbanized area of central Florida.

Westfield Wild and Scenic River, Massachusetts

Huntington, MA 01050
Phone: (413) 579-3015
Description: Over 78 miles of the Westfield River’s headwater tributaries and three major branches are designated as a National Wild & Scenic River.

White Clay Creek Wild and Scenic River, Pennsylvania

Landenberg, PA 19350
Phone: n/a
Description: To promote and support the preservation, protection, restoration, and enhancement of natural and cultural resources of the White Clay Creek Watershed in Pennsylvania and Delaware, in addition to encouraging a balance of recreational enjoyment.

Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Wild and Scenic Rivers, Connecticut and Rhode Island

203 Arcadia Road
Hope Valley, RI 02832
Phone: (401) 539-9017
Description: Our mission is to preserve and protect the lands and waters of the Wood-Pawcatuck watershed for natural and human communities

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