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.

Areas with this designation are managed by different federal agencies, most of which operate within the Department of the Interior or the Department of Agriculture. Some national recreation areas are under the National Park Service (Interior), one under the Bureau of Land Management (Interior), and others are managed by the U.S. Forest Service (Agriculture).

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... There are 18 national recreation areas ... Name Location Amistad National Recreation Area Texas Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Montana, Wyoming Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area ...
History Of The National Park Service - Growth, 1933-1966 - Reservoir-related Recreation Areas
... Five National Recreation Areas were added to the System between 1933 and 1964 ... This new type of federal park area grew out of large scale reclamation projects like Hoover Dam and multi purpose river basin development programs like the Tennessee Valley Authority ... Lake Mead was the first National Recreation Area ...
List Of National Park Service Areas In Tennessee - National Recreation Areas - Disbanded National Recreation Areas
... Name Established Disbanded Result Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area December 27, 1974 October 11, 2000 Redesignated as Cuyahoga Valley National Park ... Shasta Lake Recreation Area May 22, 1945 July 1, 1948 Transferred to U.S ... Forest Service Lake Texoma Recreation Area April 18, 1946 June 30, 1949 returned to U.S ...

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