Our Next Wild and Scenic Rivers
American Rivers has worked for 40 years to protect the nation’s best, free-flowing rivers with Wild and Scenic River designations. A Wild and Scenic River designation is the strongest tool to protect rivers, prohibiting dams and other harmful development. It safeguards a river’s special fish and wildlife habitat, clean water, and recreation opportunities for future generations.
While American Rivers and our partners have made great strides expanding the Wild and Scenic Rivers system since the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was signed into law in 1968, today less than one quarter of one percent of our nation’s rivers are protected.
With your help, we will continue our efforts to protect our nation’s best rivers. We have Wild and Scenic campaigns underway in Montana, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon. Here is a snapshot of some of these special places:
North Cascades, Washington
American Rivers and our partners are working to protect nearly 400 miles of new Wild and Scenic Rivers flowing out of the North Cascades mountains and into Puget Sound. This includes rivers in the Nooksack watershed, the Middle Fork Snoqualmie, Pratt River, and Illabot Creek. These rivers provide fantastic recreational opportunities, important habitat for salmon and other native fish populations, and essential wintering ground and migration corridors for wildlife.
Olympic Peninsula, Washington
The Wild Olympics Campaign includes several pristine rivers that flow through the temperate rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula. American Rivers and its partners, including American Whitewater and many local organizations, have been pushing for Wild and Scenic designation for rivers including the Sol Duc, with its stunning cascades and world-class fishing, and the Queets, boasting glacial blue waters with easy, drift boat friendly whitewater.
Rogue River, Oregon
The world-renowned Rogue River is one of the largest producers of salmon in the world, second only to the Columbia River in the Northwest. It also provides outstanding rafting, hiking and fishing. The Rogue is one the original eight rivers protected in the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
Unfortunately, the Rogue faces threats from logging in unprotected upland areas. American Rivers, local and national businesses, and local river advocates in the Wild Rogue Alliance are currently working to establish a new 58,000 acre wilderness and 93 miles of new Wild and Scenic protections for coldwater tributaries cherished for recreation and their healthy fish and wildlife habitat.