Washington Rivers Eligible for Wild and Scenic Designation

Washington is fortunate to be home to six Wild and Scenic Rivers – the Skagit, Sauk, Cascade, Suiattle, Klickitat, and White Salmon – but there are at least 100 additional rivers across the state that are eligible for Wild and Scenic designation.

See a list or view a map of the rivers. 

American Rivers is focusing our Wild and Scenic work in the following regions:

North Cascades

The rugged North Cascades give birth to some of the most magnificent, yet largely unprotected rivers in the Pacific Northwest, like the Snoqualmie, Skykomish and Nooksack. Protecting these places will give a boost to Puget Sound salmon recovery efforts and will ensure that this area’s rapidly growing population can forever enjoy the beauty and benefits of healthy rivers.

Volcano Country

Washington’s legendary volcanoes — Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier and Mount Adams — are the source of wild, free-flowing rivers that rush through deep gorges and basalt canyons on their way to the Columbia. Protecting rivers like the Green, Toutle, Lewis, and Cispus will permanently safeguard clean water, fish and wildlife, and this area’s unique natural history. 

Olympic Peninsula

The Olympic Peninsula is known for its lush rainforests and rivers like the Hoh, Elwha, Quinault and Duckabush. These rivers support some of the healthiest populations of salmon and steelhead in the region, yet they are at risk from new dams and other threats. Wild and Scenic designation will ensure that these rivers remain healthy and freeflowing forever. More than a dozen rivers and streams on the Olympic Peninsula have been determined eligible for Wild and Scenic designation by the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service, due to their outstanding fisheries, wildlife, cultural, historical and recreation values.