American Rivers Wild and Scenic Rivers Work in Montana


While Montana is home to some of our country’s most beautiful and pristine waters, only two rivers in the state – the Flathead and the lower Missouri – enjoy Wild and Scenic protections.

That is why American Rivers is working to protect some of the many other valuable rivers in Montana.  These wild rivers contain some of the purest waters, unsurpassed recreational opportunities, renowned fisheries, and un-paralleled habitat for trout, waterfowl, deer, and elk.  These rivers are the lifeblood of the state’s great landscapes.  They are also important economic drivers. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks estimated the direct value of the state’s recreational wild trout fishery alone at $196 million in 2007.

Climate change makes the need to protect Montana’s remaining wild rivers all the more urgent. As temperatures rise and snowpacks shrink, the state’s rivers and coldwater fisheries will suffer. Exacerbating these climate-related threats are pressures resulting from increased demand for water and energy.

We are targeting acutely threatened watersheds with wild fish strongholds, critical wildlife migration corridors, and clean, cold water. Armed with a solid, proven strategy, American Rivers is confident we can achieve our vision to permanently protect Montana’s wild rivers and the spectacular scenery, unmatched fish and wildlife, and economic benefits they provide for all future generations.

For more information, please contact David Moryc at 503-827-8648.