Monday, March 23, 2009

Wild & Scenic Rivers

10 Foot Falls - Wilson Creek, NCOn my way to the Green River in North Carolina to host the 2009 Southeast Canoe & Kayak Collegiate Championships this past weekend, I could not resist taking a slight detour, just north of Morganton, NC.

Wilson Creek was designated a Wild & Scenic River by the US Forest Service on August 18, 2000. Twenty-three miles of Wilson Creek are now designated as either Wild, Scenic or Recreational. It is a spectacular area for trout fishing, hiking, and of course whitewater paddling.

According to the National Wild & Scenic Rivers website, the US has approximately 3.5 million miles of rivers and only 11,434 miles are included in the Wild & Scenic River system.

Through the ACA's Stewardship and Public Policy Department, we constantly strive to help local communities protect their valuable water resources.

For more information about how you can contribute to the health of your local body of water, please contact the ACA's Stewardship Director.

Chris Stec on the Selway River, Idaho
Paddle Safe - Paddle Often,
Christopher Stec
Safety Education & Instruction Department

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