Wild & Scenic Rivers

The National Wild & Scenic Rivers (WSR) System was created by Congress in 1968 to preserve rivers that contain outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing system, and are for the enjoyment of present and future generations. 

For a river to be eligible for WSR designation, it must be free flowing, and possess one or more outstandingly remarkable values. Outstanding remarkable values include: scenery, recreation, fish, historic and cultural, geography, and other values. Further information on the process of selecting National Wild & Scenic Rivers can be found in Chapter 80 of the Land Management Handbook.



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Check out the WSR Presentation and start contributing using the Eligibility Comment Tool!

We have a printable PDF of the Comment Form for Outstanding Remarkable Values - Wild & Scenic Rivers.

The maps at the Wild & Scenic Rivers Educational Forums are available here