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National Wild and Scenic Rivers
Description:
Waymark the beginning, end or any one or more wild, scenic or recreational locations along the portion of a River that has been designated as a National Wild and Scenic River or that programs equivalent in countries outside of the United States.
Expanded Description:

Category Update: June 2012

The category will now accept rivers that are designated as scenic in countries other than the United States. Submissions must include a link to an official site that supports the rivers designation.

 

"...certain selected rivers of the Nation which, with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing condition, and that they and their immediate environments shall be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations."   (Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, October 2, 1968)

 

Designated National Wild and Scenic Rivers rage and meander for more than 11,000 miles in 38 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  One river can have several segments - sometimes in multiple states - that are designated as either Wild, Scenic or Recreational, or any combination of the three.     The National Wild and Scenic Rivers website defines Wild, Scenic or Recreational as follows:

  • Wild river areas — Those rivers or sections of rivers that are free of impoundments and generally inaccessible except by trail, with watersheds or shorelines essentially primitive and waters unpolluted. These represent vestiges of primitive America.
  • Scenic river areas — Those rivers or sections of rivers that are free of impoundments, with shorelines or watersheds still largely primitive and shorelines largely undeveloped, but accessible in places by roads.
  • Recreational river areas — Those rivers or sections of rivers that are readily accessible by road or railroad, that may have some development along their shorelines, and that may have undergone some impoundment or diversion in the past.
  • The website has two excellent sources of information to help you locate the designated portions of these Rivers.  One is a great interactive map, located on the National Wild and Scenic Rivers website.   .  (Several individual states also have maps of their Rivers or sections.)   The second resource you should check before logging your Waymark is a list of Rivers, by state, of all the Rivers or sections of Rivers in the system.  Clicking on the links  will provide you  with more detailed information about the River or River section included in the system as well as links to some of the agencies that administer their portions of the Rivers..

     

    A Waymark in this category must be located along the portion of the River that has been designated part of the National Wild and Scenic River system, and fall into one of the following classifications:

    • beginning or end of the river as shown by a marker, monument, sign or specific feature (bridge, building etc)  as indicated on the NW&SR website 
    • WILD - commonly known 'wild' locations of the River that are indicated by marker, monument, sign or specific feature that you can document by referencing an article, website or other reliable source.  These can include waterfalls, put in-put out spots for rafting,  rapids, viewpoints
    • SCENIC - locations along the River that have scenic value and are marked by a sign, marker or monument.  This can include waterfalls, trailheads, rapids, historical structures, viewpoints
    • RECREATIONAL  -  locations along the River set aside for recreational use and are indicated by sign, marker or monument or are the location of a recreational feature.  This might include picnic areas, campgrounds, fish hatcheries,   trailheads, put in - put out spots for rafting, waysides, day use areas

    Please be aware that not all portions of these Rivers are accessible to the public.   Respect private property when visiting these Rivers and - as always - take coordinates, photographs and memories, but 'Leave No Trace'.

  • Instructions for Posting a National Wild and Scenic Rivers Waymark:
    Your Waymark must be accompanied by at least one original photograph of the River and one original photograph of the sign, marker or monument if there is one. If there is nothing at the location indicating its relevance to this category, please provide an online reference specific to the location. Other forms of documentation may be considered if they are presented in an appropriate format and will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
    Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
    To log a visit to a Waymark in this category, please provide at least one additional original photograph and tell us about your visit.
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    National Wild and Scenic RiversEagle Creek - Bonnville, OR

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    Discover a canyon full of waterfalls in the Columbia Gorge.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dkestrel

    location: Oregon

    date approved: 1/9/2014

    last visited: 1/11/2014

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversWhanganui River - Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

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    The Whanganui River is the focal point for Whanganui National Park and is the only one of New Zealand's nine Great Walks that is on water.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Trail Blaisers

    location: North Island, New Zealand

    date approved: 1/3/2014

    last visited: 1/6/2014

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversBlyde River - Mpumalanga, South Africa

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    Blyde River is a river in the Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces of South Africa. Blyde River Canyon is the Blyde River most spectacular stretch.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member denben

    location: Mpumalanga, South Africa

    date approved: 12/10/2013

    last visited: 12/24/2012

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversKINGS RIVER, CALIFORNIA

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    KINGS RIVER is located in Kings Canyon National Park, CA

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member tatie

    location: California

    date approved: 11/16/2013

    last visited: never

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversThe Hillsborough River - Charlottetown, PEI

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    The 45-kilometre Hillsborough River waterway flows east to west draining a 350 square kilometre area. It is the largest river system on Prince Edward Island. The landscape is flat to gently rolling and the highest watershed point is only 250 feet.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane

    location: Prince Edward Island, Canada

    date approved: 11/5/2013

    last visited: 6/21/2014

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversCowichan River - Duncan, BC

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    The Cowichan River is listed under the Canadian Heritage Rivers System and is one of three designated rivers in the province of British Columbia. The coordinates point to a plaque in the lower reaches of the river recognizing the designation.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member The A-Team

    location: British Columbia, Canada

    date approved: 8/15/2013

    last visited: never

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversSt. Croix National Scenic Riverway – Taylors Falls, MN

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    Two signs at the Interstate State Park at Taylors Falls tell the significance of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and the importance of caring for this gem.

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member wildernessmama

    location: Minnesota

    date approved: 6/21/2013

    last visited: 7/24/2012

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversWestfield River - Huntington, MA

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    An information kiosk is located at the southeastern end of the Westfield Wild and Scenic River System.

    posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1

    location: Massachusetts

    date approved: 9/14/2012

    last visited: never

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversLittle Miami River - Ohio - Ohio Spring Valley Wildlife area launch

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    The Little Miami River was the first in Ohio to receive the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Classification.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member GT.US

    location: Ohio

    date approved: 8/13/2012

    last visited: 6/26/2014

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversThe Rideau Waterway ~ Smiths Falls, Ontario

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    The Rideau Waterway, which includes the river and canal, is listed on Canada's National Heritage Rivers System. Currently, 40 rivers have been designated as National Heritage Rivers and 4 have been nominated for eventual designation.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane

    location: Ontario, Canada

    date approved: 6/4/2012

    last visited: 8/8/2012

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversThe Kicking Horse River - Field, British Columbia

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    The Kicking Horse River is listed on Canada's National Heritage Rivers System. This National Heritage River, the equivalent to a National Wild and Scenic River in the US, is identified by this plaque in Field, British Columbia.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member wildwoodke

    location: Alberta, Canada

    date approved: 6/1/2012

    last visited: 8/1/2014

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversTiticut Reservation, Taunton River - Bridgewater, MA

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    One of the most scenic stretches of the Taunton River, designated in 2009, is where it makes a sharp bend within the Titicut Reservation.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NorStar

    location: Massachusetts

    date approved: 5/6/2012

    last visited: never

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversDelaware River - Shawnee, PA

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    There are several portions of the Delaware River that are designated as Wild and/or Scenic. This portion is just north of the Delaware Water Gap where the river constitutes the border between Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2

    location: Pennsylvania

    date approved: 9/30/2011

    last visited: 4/8/2012

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversTao Junction - Rio Grande - Pilar, NM

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    Taos Junction is a entry point to the Rio Grande popular with Kayakers.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member GT.US

    location: New Mexico

    date approved: 8/11/2011

    last visited: never

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversCache la Poudre River - Lee Martinez Park - Fort Collins, CO

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    Cache la Poudre River in Fort Collins, Colorado flows through Lee Martinez Park.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK

    location: Colorado

    date approved: 8/3/2011

    last visited: 6/30/2012

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversMio Dam end of Au Sable River - Mio, Michigan

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    The Au Sable River is a designated National Wild and Scenic River Between the Mio Dam and the Alcona Pond.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member GT.US

    location: Michigan

    date approved: 7/8/2011

    last visited: 8/20/2011

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversRogue River - Hellgate Kiosk - Merlin, Oregon

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    The Hellgate Kiosk, near Merlin.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy

    location: Oregon

    date approved: 12/9/2009

    last visited: 7/17/2012

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversRogue River - Hellgate Viewpoint - Merlin, Oregon

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    The Hellgate Viewpoint, near Merlin.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy

    location: Oregon

    date approved: 12/9/2009

    last visited: 7/17/2012

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversRogue River (Upper) - Natural Bridge - Union Creek - Oregon

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    The Natural Bridge interpretive site and trail, near Union Creek.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy

    location: Oregon

    date approved: 11/26/2009

    last visited: 8/28/2009

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversRogue River (Upper) - Rogue River Gorge - Union Creek - Oregon

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    The Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint and interpretive trail.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy

    location: Oregon

    date approved: 11/24/2009

    last visited: 8/28/2009

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversNorth Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River OR

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    The North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River Oregon has been designated a "Wild and Scenic River".

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Queens Blessing

    location: Oregon

    date approved: 8/23/2009

    last visited: 8/6/2014

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversLumber River Natural and Scenic River - Scotland/Robeson Line

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    This is the lower terminus of the upper section of the Lumber River, Natural and Scenic River. The lower terminus is located at the intersection of the river and NC 71, at the Scotland/Robeson County line, called the Maxton Airport Swamp.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NCDaywalker

    location: North Carolina

    date approved: 8/9/2009

    last visited: 2/9/2011

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversThe White Cliffs: Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River - MT

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    The Upper Missouri River is one of the premier float trips in the Unites States; running for 149 miles through a spectacular prairie canyon of north-central Montana. The White Cliffs were visited by Lewis & Clark on 31 May, 1805.

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member CerealBoxMonsters

    location: Montana

    date approved: 7/21/2009

    last visited: never

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversLower St. Croix River - St. Croix Boom Site - Stillwater, Minnesota

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    Historic log boom site on the St. Croix River north of Stillwater, Minnesota.

    posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

    location: Minnesota

    date approved: 7/8/2009

    last visited: never

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    National Wild and Scenic RiversLower St. Croix River - Stillwater Lift Bridge - Stillwater, Minnesota

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    Historic lift bridge over the Lower St. Croix River between Stillwater, Minnesota and Houlton, Wisconsin.

    posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

    location: Minnesota

    date approved: 7/5/2009

    last visited: 3/30/2013

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