State Protected Rivers
As part of the Comprehensive State Water Plan process, the Idaho Water Resource Board can designate river segments with outstanding fish and wildlife, recreational, aesthetic, or geologic value as a State Protected River.
If the Board decides that the values of preserving an outstanding waterway in its existing condition outweigh the values of continued development, it can, subject to legislative approval, designate that waterway either a Natural or Recreational River to protect existing resources and use. Designation may prohibit the following:
Over 2,745 miles of Idaho's rivers are protected by the State.
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View Details about protection for individual streams:View Protections by Stream