Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers

Wild and Scenic Rivers

White Salmon RiverThe abundant rain and snowfall in the western Cascades feed an extensive river system on this Forest. Many rivers are popular for recreation and contain remarkable features. Ensuring these features and the free-flowing character of popular rivers are maintained into the future, the Forest has recommended four rivers be added to the national Wild and Scenic Rivers System. They are: the Cispus River, the Lewis River, and the Clear Fork and Muddy Fork of the Cowlitz River. Thirteen additional rivers are being studied as potential Wild and Scenic Rivers. The only river currently designated as a Wild and Scenic River is the White Salmon River.

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Goat Rocks WildernessWilderness is the land that is rare, wild places where one can retreat from civilization, reconnect with the Earth, and find healing, meaning and significance.

There are seven designated Wilderness areas on the Forest. These areas are patrolled and managed by Wilderness rangers and managers. Rangers report on trail conditions, greet people on the trail, work to mitigate user impacts, answer questions, and enforce wilderness and climbing regulations. These skilled rangers also provide emergency help and communications in Wilderness areas. Recreation managers and crews work to clear trail and remove safety hazards in wilderness areas that forest visitors and wilderness rangers report.

Travel into wilderness areas at your own risk.