Wild & Scenic Rivers - Washington


Klickitat River
Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area
The river flows into the Columbia inside the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. Fishing, recreation, and scenic views are excellent.
Total Miles: 10, Recreational: 10

Skagit River
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
The Skagit and its Cascade, Sauk, and Suiattle tributaries feed into Puget Sound in northern Washington. The area features one of the largest bald eagle concentrations in the lower 48 states and is known for its outstanding fishery.
Total Miles: 157.5, Scenic: 99, Recreational: 58.5

White Salmon River
Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area
This river, a tributary of the Columbia, flows through a deep, narrow, rocky gorge. The river's many springs and stable summer flows provide outstanding whitewater boating.
Total Miles: 9, Scenic: 9

Definitions of the terms "Wild, Scenic, and Recreational":

Contrary to what you might think, these terms don't describe the character of the river. Wild doesn't mean it's a wicked and foamy stretch of whitewater, and scenic doesn't mean it's a pastoral float. Rather, it's all about accessibility. Here's what the government says. . .

Wild: This river is accessible only by trail, is undeveloped and generally is unpolluted.
Scenic: This river can be accessed by some roads but is mainly still a trail access river.
Recreational: This river has been developed along the shoreline and is easily accessible by roads, trails not necessary.


Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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