Our Work on Rivers

Rafting Colorado River
River designations seek to permanently protect our nation’s most special rivers for future generations by protecting the unique natural, cultural, and recreational values of rivers.

Wekiva River (Rock Springs Run), Florida
Wild and Scenic Rivers

Protect free flow, water quality, and outstanding natural, cultural and recreational values of rivers.

Las Vegas Youth, YMCA campers experience National Water Trails at Lake Mead

Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program

Knik River
National Natural Landmarks and Rivers

Designated rivers that contain the best remaining examples of specific biological and/or geological features, including aquatic ecosystems.

People sitting on chairs in front of a river.
Nationwide Rivers Inventory

More than 3,200 free-flowing river segments potentially eligible for Wild and Scenic River designation.

Diablo dam in North Cascades NPS. Credit: Jessica Egan NPS
Hydropower Assistance

The NPS helps enhance recreation opportunities and resource protection at new and existing hydropower facilities.

Hallet's Peak reflected in Lake Haiyaha at dawn in Rocky Mountain NP.Credit:NPS/Debra Miller
Protecting Water

The Water Resources Division (WRD) exists to ensure that current and future generations can experience healthy aquatic ecosystems in the Nat

Person standing by a mountain lake
Water Rights

NPS seeks to protect and conserve surface waters and groundwaters in park units as integral components of water and land.

Fisherman caught a bite!
Fish and Fishing

The NPS manages fish and fishing to conserve native species for current and future generations.

Last updated: December 13, 2017