Wild & Scenic Rivers
Wild and Scenic Rivers are designated by Congress. These rivers are free flowing and protected from damaging development and use. They must contain outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish, wildlife, cultural, historic or similar qualities. As of July 2016, a total of 208 rivers have wild and scenic status, with the National Park Service managing 32 within our boundaries. In addition the National Park Service works cooperatively with states, tribes and partnerships to manage other Wild and Scenic Rivers outside of our boundaries. Learn more about Wild and Scenic Rivers.
Eligible Suitable Rivers
Eligible Suitable Rivers are those rivers/river segments that have been found through various National Park Service study processes to be eligible and sometimes suitable to become designated as Wild and Scenic Rivers. The listing of Eligible Suitable Rivers within National Park Service boundaries continues to grow through these studies of eligibility and suitability.
Nationwide Rivers Inventory
The Nationwide Rivers Inventory (NRI) is a listing, maintained by the National Park Service, of more than 3,200 free flowing rivers segments believed to have outstanding and remarkable values (including scenic, recreational, geologic, fish, wildlife, prehistoric/historic and other values), making them potentially eligible for a Wild and Scenic designation. Federal Agencies evaluate potential eligibility of NRI segments on lands that they manage. Private land rivers have not gone through the potential eligibility study process. There are currently 389 NRI segments within our boundaries. Learn more about Nationwide Inventory Rivers in each state.