National Rivers Project's latest addition showcases rivers in Washington State

The National Rivers Project (NRP) has unveiled its latest expansion, offering outdoors enthusiasts a gateway to Washington State’s pristine river landscapes managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The NRP website www.nationalriversproject.com now features over 700 miles of Washington's rivers and coastal water trails, providing essential information about these aquatic gems for naturalists and adventurers alike.

“Seeing the rivers managed by the BLM in the National Rivers Project helps people understand the variety of recreation opportunities available to them on public lands,” said Curtis Bryan, BLM Wenatchee Field Office Manager. “As river managers, working with the River Management Society helps us introduce people to Washington’s hidden treasures while providing vital information people need to plan activities and river trips.”

Bryan recommends checking out the Yakima River Canyon for its diverse recreation opportunities that include fishing, kayaking, rafting, camping, and hiking. The Klickitat and Similkameen Rivers offer similar opportunities with less traffic for those looking for something a little more secluded, willing to expect few amenities and ready to pack out all trash.

Coyote Falls. Photo courtesy of Bureau of Land Management.

Coyote Falls on the Similkameen River. Photo courtesy of Bureau of Land Management.

The River Management Society launched the NRP in 2015 to increase visibility for water trails, whitewater rivers and Wild and Scenic Rivers. Website visitors can easily search for rivers by location, difficulty, managing agency and related activities.

“Each year, dozens of federal, state and local watershed partners provide us with authoritative river data, making this the most comprehensive and reliable river map on the web,” said NRP Coordinator James Major. “We want to give special thanks to BLM Washington staff for their assistance on this project.”

The River Management Society is a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports professionals who study, protect and manage North America’s rivers by providing resources, training and networking opportunities to its members. Powered by its National River Recreation Database, RMS’ National Rivers Project online map and search engine enables tens of thousands of recreationists to discover new river sections nationwide each year. For more information, contact Bekah Price, bekah(at)river-management.org.

Published Nov. 9, 2023

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