What are the differences and limitations in wild and scenic river access opportunities under the three classifications?

River access is evaluated in the land use planning process.  Specific access needs for public enjoyment, as well as any limitations, are determined in the river management plan.  In keeping with the requirements of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, “wild” rivers are generally inaccessible, except by trail (no roads); “scenic” rivers are accessible by road, which generally don’t parallel the river; and “recreational” rivers may have parallel or crossing road and railroad access.

Interagency Wild & Scenic Rivers Council