Wild and Scenic Rivers in California managed by the Forest Service

River flowing through the rocks and trees.

"It is hereby declared to be the policy of the United States that certain selected rivers of the Nation which, with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing condition, and that they and their immediate environments shall be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations." ~ Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, October 2, 1968

It is not just government agencies that are responsible for protecting and managing our national wild & scenic rivers. Many of us get our drinking water from rivers, and many of the animals we like to see live there. You are every bit as critical.

Many agencies could use your help in protecting our nation's river treasures. If you have the time, please consider volunteering with your local agency on one of this state's great rivers.

California Wild and Scenic Rivers

Wild & Scenic Rivers by Forest

Angeles National Forest

Inyo National Forest

Klamath National Forest

Los Padres National Forest

Mendocino National Forest

Plumas National Forest

San Bernardino National Forest

Sequoia National Forest

Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Sierra National Forest

Six Rivers National Forest

Stanislaus National Forest

Tahoe National Forest