Waterways Resources from the National Park Service



A project RTCA (Rivers, Trains and Conservation Assistance) cosponsors. Designed to get kids out on the rivers and waterways near where they live- especially in large metropolitan areas.

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Water Trails

The new National Water Trails System (NWTS) serves to bring existing and newly identified water trails together into one cohesive national network of exemplary water trails. The National Water Trails System is a network of water trails the public can explore and enjoy, as well as a community of water resource managers that can benefit from information sharing and collaboration.

USA National Wild and Scenic Rivers System

The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was created to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations.


NPS Water Resources Homepage

The NPS Water Resources Division provides its services directly to parks through a broad range of programs in the areas of fisheries, natural resource condition assessments, information management, hydrology, planning, ocean and coastal resources, wetlands, water quality, and water rights.

Crystal Clear

The Crystal Clear Call to Action item brings together NPS scientists, park managers, and our partners to protect the health of America's waters for the next century.

Hydrographic and Impairment Statistics

The Hydrographic and Impairment Statistics (HIS) database provides summary statistics of surface hydrography (acres of lakes, miles of streams, etc.) within and adjacent to each national park unit.

Marine Invasives Database

Invasive species are increasingly changing the natural and cultural landscapes of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes national parks. Explore this database to learn more about invasive species in these parks.

NPS Curriculum Materials

The parks are America's greatest classroom, telling our stories, and conserving the best natural spaces the nation has to offer.

NPS Education

Real-time data, hands-on activities and other resources to help educators make the water cycle a real-time relevant event.

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