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Ohio Scenic Rivers

The Scenic Rivers Program was established within the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in 1968, and was the first of its kind in the nation, even predating the Federal equivalent. It set the bar for promoting conservation of Ohio’s best rivers while respecting private property rights, and established criteria for recognizing three degrees of natural preservation – Wild, Scenic, and Recreational. Designated rivers have proven to be economic drivers in their regions, lifting property values and in some cases establishing conditions favorable for recreational tourism. In all cases, designated rivers enhance the quality of life for those who live near them and love them.

You can also purchase a beautifully produced and informative video about Ohio's Scenic Rivers through Rivers Unlimited. Click here for more information.

Rivers Unlimited is currently partnering with the Scenic Mad River Committee to get Recreational River designation for the Mad River. See more about those efforts here.