Wild & Scenic Rivers

Fact Sheet: Surprise Canyon Wild & Scenic River
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Surprise Canyon is a rare perennial desert stream flowing from the Panamint Mountains adjacent to the western boundary of Death Valley National Park. The year-round stream flow, riparian vegetation, spring…

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Fact Sheet: Whitewater Wild & Scenic River
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From its 10,000-foot-high source in the San Bernardino Mountains, the Whitewater River flows east and south into the Coachella Valley desert. The Whitewater River is one of the most pristine…

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Deep Creek Prop WSR photo courtesy of Friends of the River
Fact Sheet: Deep Creek Wild & Scenic River
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Deep Creek and its tributary, Holcomb Creek, flow from the heart of the San Bernardino Mountains northward to the Mojave Desert in southern California. the creek is an important migration…

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Mokelumne WSR by Steve Evans
Fact Sheet: Mokelumne Wild & Scenic River
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The California Legislature protected 37 miles of the Mokelumne River in the western Sierra Nevada in 2018. The bill passed after the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) a Legislature-mandated conducted…

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Fact Sheet: Piru Creek Wild & Scenic River
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Congress added to the federal system the segment of Piru Creek downstream of Pyramid Dam in northern Los Angeles County in 2009 as part of an omnibus bill signed by…

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Fact Sheet: Palm Canyon Creek Wild & Scenic River
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Palm Canyon Creek flows from the edges of the San Jacinto and Santa Rose Mountains through an arid landscape of rugged canyons and ridges into the Coachella Desert. Congress added…

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Fact Sheet: Owens Headwaters Wild & Scenic River
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Glass and Deadman Creeks flow east from San Joaquin Peak on the Sierra Nevada crest and join just upstream of Highway 395. Downstream of the Glass/Deadman confluence, flows are significantly…

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Fact Sheet: Merced Wild & Scenic River
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Flowing west from the Sierra Nevada crest in Yosemite National Park’s, the Merced River is perhaps best known for its unique and beautiful setting in Yosemite Valley. In 1987, Congress…

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Fact Sheet: Klamath Wild & Scenic River
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From Upper Klamath Lake in south-central Oregon, the Klamath River flows southwest into California and ultimately into the Pacific Ocean. The Klamath is the second largest river in California. The…

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West Walker River
Fact Sheet: West Walker Wild & Scenic River
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The California Legislature added The West Walker River and a short segment of Leavitt Creek (a tributary), to the state system in 1989. The river’s designation was in response to…

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