From mountain streams cascading down waterfalls to coastal rivers with extensive salt marshes, the State of Maine is home to a unique variety of rivers. Maine’s rivers provide important transportation corridors, support healthy riparian ecosystems, and afford diverse recreational opportunities.

Maine has approximately 31,752 miles of river, of which 123.3 miles of two rivers are designated as wild & scenic—less than 3/10ths of 1% of the state’s river miles. However, it can boast of the first state-managed river in the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System—the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.