To celebrate the conclusion of National Rivers Month, we profile our country’s five National Rivers in our weekly Five for Friday series.
National Rivers are preservation areas, managed by the National Park Service, intended to “preserve ribbons of land bordering free-flowing streams which have not been dammed, channelized, or otherwise altered. Besides preserving rivers in their natural state, these areas provide opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking, canoeing, and hunting.” Our five National Rivers are all located east of the Rocky Mountains. These valuable conservation areas are enjoyed by thousands every year.
The Buffalo is a prime example of an untamed continent. It remains one of the few undammed rivers in the lower 48, and as a result, was designated the country’s first National River in 1972. Shortly thereafter, it was designated wilderness, in 1978. Its 135 miles are a prime attraction for canoeists, who enjoy days and night hidden among the rivers steep bluffs.
Photo courtesy of Ashley Davis, MyShot.