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Managing Agencies

Wild & Scenic Rivers Managing Agencies

There are four primary federal agencies charged with protecting and managing our wild and scenic rivers and our nation's cultural, recreational and natural resources.

Zigzag River, Oregon
Zigzag River, Oregon; Photo by Tim Palmer

River Program Websites, By State

Some states have enacted legislation similar to the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, resulting in the creation of a number of state scenic river programs. Rivers typically are designated into state programs in much the same way that rivers are added to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. A number of rivers are both state and federally designated. Below are links to websites for state scenic river programs.


If you know of more state river program sites, please send the address to
us at: rivers@fws.gov