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Wild and Scenic Rivers

Approximately 2,526 miles of river segments have been determined suitable and will be recommended for Congressional designation into the National Wild and Scenic River System (NWSRS). The suitable river segments include:

  • Buckskin GulchDeath Hollow Creek
  • Calf Creek 1,2, 3
  • Death Hollow Creek
  • Deer Creek Canyon
  • Escalante River 1, 2, 3
  • Hackberry Creek
  • The Gulch 1, 2, 3
  • Harris Wash
  • Hogeye Creek
  • Kitchen Canyon
  • Lower Boulder Creek
  • Lower Cottonwood Creek
  • Lower Deer Creek 1, 2Escalante River
  • Lower Paria River 1, 2
  • Lower Sand Creek and tributary Willow Patch Creek
  • Lower Sheep Creek
  • Mamie Creek and west tributary
  • Slickrock Canyon
  • Snake Creek
  • Starlight Canyon
  • Steep Creek
  • Twenty-five Mile Wash
  • Upper Paria River 1, 2

Detailed information can be found in the Monument Management Plan where rationale for suitability determinations for all segments are found in Appendix 4. Also refer to maps 7 and 8.

Those streams found suitable will be managed for protection of the resources associated with the stream. Such action will not entail any additional state water rights and will not result in a Federal reserved water right unless Congress acts to officially designate the stream or stream segment as part of the NWSRS. Upon such designation, if any, the Federal reserved water right thus established would, by law, be established with the priority date of the designation and would be junior to all preexisting water rights, in accordance with the existing state priority system. Senior rights in any stream designated would be unaffected.

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