Last Best Streams.

Some people visit baseball stadiums.


My buddy has a bucket list, and asked what’s on mine.

It started in grad school, crammed into a dark attic office, reading through papers. More than 2500 streams scattered throughout the United States, nominated for special protection due to their unique geological, biological, or cultural features. Some are small enough to step across, some are the among the longest and largest rivers on the planet.

All are unique, all are worth protecting, and over the past several years I’ve been chipping away at the list, documenting my experiences as part of The Outside Bend. As I visit more, and scrolling through them becomes unwieldy, I decided to organize them here. I hope you enjoy them, I hope they spark your curiosity, and I hope as a society they’re a resource we’re willing to hold in trust for future generations.