Wild and Scenic Proposal for East Rosebud Creek
We propose that the river flowing through public lands between East Rosebud Lake and the Custer National Forest boundary – 7 river miles – be designated Wild and Scenic under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. This section of river is considered Recreational, as it is free of impoundments with its watershed still largely primitive, and shorelines largely undeveloped, but accessible in places by roads.
An additional 13 miles of East Rosebud Creek above East Rosebud Lake are eligible for Wild and Scenic protection as well. This section is considered Wild, as it is free of impoundments and generally inaccessible except by trail, with its watershed or shoreline essentially primitive, and waters unpolluted. We believe that this uppermost headwaters stretch of East Rosebud Creek should be designated Wild and Scenic as well.
As a Wild and Scenic River, East Rosebud Creek would be managed by the U.S. Forest Service in its free-flowing condition and in such a way the outstandingly remarkable values for which it is designated be preserved in perpetuity. The outstandingly remarkable values – the values that make East Rosebud such a special place – are currently listed as:
· Geology: The drainage is a glacially scoured, “U”- shaped valley, with a number of large waterfalls and glacial lakes located in the drainage.
· Recreation: East Rosebud Creek is perhaps the best Class V whitewater kayaking creek on the northeast side of the Beartooth Mountain Range. East Rosebud Creek offers three miles of continuous, non-stop Class V whitewater without any big falls. It is also a popular trout fishery. The fishery in this reach is comprised of wild brown and rainbow trout and is popular among anglers in the region.
· Scenery: Incredibly scenic, glacially carved valley with high granite faces, alpine lakes large waterfalls, and snow-capped peaks - truly extraordinary for the region.
East Rosebud Creek is currently considered eligible for Wild and Scenic designation (Custer National Forest Management Plan, Amendment #2 of 1989), but only full designation by Congress would protect it from future threats.