wild and scenic rivers

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Weekend Inspiration from My Public Lands Instagram!

Are you excited for the weekend? There are so many possibilities to explore your lands! From taking a boat trip down the waters of Alaska’s Delta Wild and Scenic River, to visiting a historic ranch to view fall foliage in Utah.  We hope you follow us on Instagram and share your adventures by tagging the MyPublicLands account! 

Space chess?

You’d be forgiven for thinking that some giants had set up this flatter space in the Selkirk Hills of northern Idaho for some complex game and removed the pieces after finishing their match. What we’re seeing is an area of agricultural forest divided into 400 metre squares, with some areas harvested and covered by a recent snowfall while the rest reveal the dark green crowns of trees of dense forests. The nearby Priest River was once used to carry logs, but is now protected from development, with a status officially entitledn as a “wild and scenic river”.

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Image credit: NASA

The North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River in Oregon is renowned for outstanding fishing and exhilarating whitewater challenges for all levels of rafters and kayakers. To catch a ride on rushing waters, visit during May, June, and early July. What’s more, the 79-mile-long North Umpqua Trail parallels the river, offering a variety of hiking and mountain biking options. Photo by Bob Wick, @mypubliclands

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Celebrate the passage of the National Trails AND Wild and Scenic Rivers Acts with photos of the BLM river and trail segments included in the original 1968 legislation signed #OTD in 1968!

The Río Grande Wild and Scenic River, located within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico, includes 74 miles of the river as it passes through the 800-foot deep Río Grande Gorge. The Río Grande Wild and Scenic River provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities, luring anglers, hikers, artists, and whitewater boating enthusiasts.  

In addition, the Rogue Wild and Scenic River is located in southwestern Oregon and flows 215 miles from Crater Lake to the Pacific Ocean. Some of the wildlife that calls the Rogue home include black bear, river otter, black-tail deer, bald eagles, osprey, Chinook salmon, great blue heron, water ouzel, and Canada geese.

Featuring 30 miles of the world famous Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT), Sand to Snow National Monument in Southern California is a favorite for camping, hiking, hunting, horseback riding, photography, wildlife viewing, and even skiing.

The 43-mile stretch of the PCT in southern Oregon includes countless scenic views and well-known recreation points: Mount Shasta; Pilot Rock, Hyatt Lake; Soda Mountain Wilderness; and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, to name a few.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM

Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument in Montana remains largely unchanged in the nearly 200 years since Meriwether Lewis and William Clark traveled through this area on their epic journey. What’s more, the first skeletal remains of dinosaurs ever discovered in North America were found right here. The monument offers natural beauty in a remote setting and plenty of opportunities to explore by hiking, fishing, or floating along the National Wild and Scenic River portion of the Missouri River. Photo by Bob Wick, @mypubliclands

Supermoon, New Mexico, by Sherman Hogue, BLM 

Woodrat Mountain, Oregon, by ‘flypfeiffer’ BLM Oregon Flickr photo group

Beck Lake Mountain Biking Area, Wyoming, photo by Nancy Patterson, BLM

Wisconsin Islands, courtesy of BLM Eastern States

St. Anthony Sand Dunes, Idaho, courtesy of BLM Idaho

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Pine Forest Range Wilderness, Nevada, by Bob Wick, BLM

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona, by Bob Wick, BLM

Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area, California, by Bob Wick, BLM

American Basin Area of Critical Environmental Concern, Colorado, by Bob Wick, BLM

Delta Wild and Scenic River, Alaska, by Bob Wick, BLM

Axolotl Lakes, Montana, courtesy of BLM Montana-Dakotas

Valley of the Gods Area of Critical Environmental Concern, Utah, photo by Andrea kachulus, Robert Leaver, and Bob Wick

Wishing you a Happy New Year from the Bureau of Land Management!

Here’s to 2017! Whether it’s exploring the outdoors with friends and family, or taking a moment of solitude to enjoy the silence, we wish you a year full of fun and new adventures!

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July #conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover Goes Wild and Scenic

Rivers are an important part of our Nation’s history, economy, and way of life. They were our first “highways” - connecting people and communities.  In 1968, President Johnson signed the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to preserve rivers with certain outstanding wild, scenic, or recreational  values. The Act currently protects more than 200 rivers in 35 states and Puerto Rico.  

The BLM’s National Conservation Lands currently manages 69 of those wild and scenic rivers in 7 states - Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, and Utah  -  with more than 2,400 river miles and 1,165,000 acres.

Follow today’s #conservationlands15 takeover here for wildlife along wild and scenic rivers, a behind the scenes with a BLM river ranger, and stunning wild and scenic rivers for your bucket list.

Note: The #conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover is a 2015 monthly celebration of the 15th anniversary of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands.

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Thank you for following the americanhikingsociety takeover of My Public Lands Instagram and sharing part of Memorial Day with us.

“American Hiking works diligently every day in beautiful landscapes both across the country and in your own backyard to make sure the same trails you hike today, are there to hike tomorrow.   We hope that you and your family will take the time to visit those trails and other public lands today.  

Pictured here, the BLM’s Wild and Scenic Trinity River in Redding, California, world famous for its fly fishing.  Paddlers enjoy the narrow valley with Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir, Oaks, and Madrone trees coating the walls of the canyons.  The adventure-driven explore the white waters below Pigeon Point rage at class III-V. Other just hit the trail with friends and family, horses, even the family pet.

Today, we enjoy these experiences outdoors, and remember those who have sacrificed to protect our beautiful American landscapes.”

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM 

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Kicking off the weekend with the John Day River in Oregon – one of our nation’s longest free-flowing river systems. Designated under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the Oregon Scenic Waterways Act, the area provides amazing recreation opportunities, from boating and fishing to camping and horseback riding.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM

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June #conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover: Top 15 Places to Stargaze on the #mypubliclandsroadtrip in BLM California

1. Amargosa Wild and Scenic River
2. Cadiz Dunes Wilderness
3. California Coastal National Monument
4. Carrizo Plain National Monument
5. Fort Ord National Monument
6. Kingston Range Wilderness
7. Little Black Sands Beach in King Range National Conservation Area
8. Lost Coast Trail at King Range National Conservation Area
9. North Maricopa Wilderness
10. Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area
11. Piper Mountains Wilderness
12. Point Arena-Stornetta in California Coastal National Monument
13. San Gorgonio Wilderness
14. Slinkard Wilderness
15. Whipple Mountains Wilderness

Thanks for following the June #conservationlands15 features on My Public Lands Tumblr, and our takeover of americasgreatoutdoors Instagram account (https://instagram.com/usinterior/). Stay tuned all week as the #mypubliclandsroadtrip visits these top 15 California spots for stargazing and much more.  

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This week #mypubliclandsroadtrip “Takes the Backroads” along scenic byways and highways. 

Our first stop – the Deschutes Wild and Scenic River in Oregon.

From the Oregon-Washington border past the whitewater rafting community of Maupin, the BLM manages dozens of camping sites, boat ramps and picnic areas along the Lower Deschutes. Also along the river is the 34-mile-long Lower Deschutes River Backcountry Byway. The nine-mile-long paved section ends at Sherars Falls, where Native Americans still fish for salmon using traditional platforms and nets. After that, the road is mostly gravel for another 25 miles to Macks Canyon pictured here.

Photos by Bob Wick, March 2016.

Follow all roadtrip stops this week in our Take the Backroads storymap.

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Visit one of Oregon’s most beautiful rivers! Renowned for outstanding salmon and steelhead fishing and whitewater challenges, the North Umpqua River offers the perfect place for a weekend getaway. Almost 34 miles of the North Umpqua have been designated as a Wild and Scenic River and this section has been set aside exclusively for fly-fishing. The North Umpqua Trail parallels the river and offers challenging hiking and mountain biking experiences.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM

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We continue our weekend celebration of National Scenic and Historic Trails and National Wild and Scenic Rivers with fall foliage along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.  

The BLM manages a section of the Continental Divide Trail in Montana, with a majority located within the Centennial Mountains Wilderness Study Area.  A part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands, the Centennial Mountains WSA contains some of the most wild and biologically important lands in southwest Montana. Backcountry hiking, equestrian, hunting and fishing are popular along this segment of the trail. During the winter months, you can experience exceptional backcountry skiing opportunities and endless views.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM

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Kicking off the week with beautiful photos from the Lower Deschutes Wild and Scenic River in Oregon! #mondaymotivation

From white water rafting and swimming to hiking and biking, you’ll find an ideal location for outdoor sports along the Lower Deschutes River. Follow the Lower Deschutes River Back Country Byway along the river to campgrounds at Beavertail and Macks Canyon, or the accessible fishing ramp at Blue Hole. The river is very popular in spring and summer, so arrive early to get a campsite. 

Photos by Greg Shine, BLM

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#mypubliclandsroadtrip Recap in BLM Idaho

On the Idaho leg of our summer roadtrip, we hiked a volcano, visited a ghost town, and drove a buggy around the St. Anthony Dunes.  And we explored stunning Idaho waterways - from lakes to wild and scenic rivers - known for world-class fishing and boating.  Click individual photos for name and photographer.

Check out all BLM Idaho photos on My Public Lands Flickr, and view the BLM Idaho storymap journal!