National Recreation Areas - Most popular

 


1.

Golden Gate NRA

15,036,372

2.

Gateway NRA

9,010,522

3.

Lake Mead NRA

7,668,689

4.

Delaware Water Gap NRA

5,213,030

5.

Chattahoochee River NRA

2,830,655

6.

Amistad NRA

2,573,966

7.

Glen Canyon NRA

1,960,345

8.

Lake Roosevelt NRA

1,382,663

9.

Chickasaw NRA

1,238,484

10.

Lake Meredith NRA

1,080,644

11.

Curecanti NRA

953,169

12.

Whiskeytown NRA

853,812

13.

Big South Fork NRA

686,747

14.

Santa Monica Mountains NRA

501,573

15.

Ross Lake NRA

288,458

16.

Bighorn Canyon NRA

205,293

17.

Gauley River NRA

113,185

18.

Lake Chelan NRA

34,554

 
National Recreation Area

National Recreation Area (NRA) is a designation for a protected area in the United States, often centered on large reservoirs and emphasizing water-based recreation for a large number of people. The first National Recreation Area was the Boulder Dam Recreation Area (later renamed Lake Mead National Recreation Area). Early National Recreation Areas were established by interagency memoranda of agreement between the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the National Park Service. In 1963, the President's Recreation Advisory Committee issued an Executive Branch policy that established criteria for establishing National Recreation Areas. The policy also called for all future National Recreation Areas to be established by acts of the United States Congress. In 1964, Congress made Lake Mead National Recreation Area to first such area to be established by statute. In 1965 Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area became the first NRA under the administration of the U.S. Forest Service and, in 1972 Congress created Gateway National Recreation Area under the management of the National Park Service thereby becoming the first "urban national park". One NRA, Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area was redesignated Cuyahoga Valley National Park in October 2000.