List of rivers of California

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Map of some major California rivers and lakes

This is a list of rivers in the U.S. state of California, grouped by region.

North Coast (north of Humboldt Bay)[edit]

Klamath River watershed

Rivers and streams between the Oregon border and Humboldt Bay that empty into the Pacific Ocean (arranged north to south; tributaries with those entering nearest the sea first)

Humboldt Bay[edit]

Primary streams entering Humboldt Bay are listed north to south beginning north of the entrance to the bay and continuing in a clockwise direction. Tributaries entering nearest the bay are listed first.[1][2]

For additional detail on Humboldt Bay streams, see Humboldt Bay: Bay tributaries and sloughs.

North Coast (south of Humboldt Bay)[edit]

Eel River watershed map

Rivers and streams between Humboldt Bay and the Golden Gate that empty into the Pacific Ocean (arranged north to south; tributaries with those entering nearest the sea first):

For details of the Sonoma and Marin coasts, see List of watercourses in the San Francisco Bay Area.

San Francisco Bay[edit]

Streams that empty into San Francisco Bay or its tributary bays (arranged clockwise, starting at the north side of the Golden Gate; tributaries are listed from those entering nearest the bays to farthest).

For additional detail on Bay Area creeks, see List of watercourses in the San Francisco Bay Area.

San Pablo Bay[edit]

Suisun Bay[edit]

Sacramento River[edit]

Map of Sacramento River
Sacramento River near the mouth
Headwaters of the Feather River
Cache Creek, in the Coast Ranges

San Joaquin River[edit]

San Joaquin River map
The Merced River, a tributary of the San Joaquin River
The San Joaquin River

Tulare Basin[edit]

Map of the Tulare Lake Basin
Kaweah River in the foothills of the Sierra

Usually an endorheic basin, waters in this region all eventually would reach Tulare Lake. This region would overflow into the San Joaquin River during flood years when Tulare Lake overflowed.


San Francisco Bay (remainder)[edit]

Continuing clockwise around San Pablo Bay/San Francisco Bay:

For additional detail on Bay Area creeks, see List of watercourses in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Central Coast[edit]

Rivers that empty into the Pacific Ocean between the Golden Gate and Point Arguello, arranged in order from north to south.

For details of the San Mateo coast, see List of watercourses in the San Francisco Bay Area.

South Coast[edit]

Rivers that empty into the Pacific Ocean southeast of Point Arguello, arranged from north to south:

See also List of rivers of Orange County, California and List of tributaries of the Santa Ana River

Santa Barbara County[edit]

Ventura County[edit]

Los Angeles County[edit]

Orange County[edit]

Newport Bay[edit]

South Orange County Coast[edit]

San Diego County[edit]

San Diego Bay[edit]

Tributaries entering San Diego Bay are arranged from North to South:

Below San Diego Bay

Gulf of California[edit]

Rivers that empty into the Gulf of California:

Carrizo Plain[edit]

The Carrizo Plain is a large enclosed valley near the Central Coast which drains into Soda Lake.

  • Wallace Creek

Salton Sea[edit]

Rivers that empty into the Salton Sea:

Great Basin[edit]

Rivers in the Great Basin, arranged roughly north to south:

Northeastern California to Walker River[edit]

Mono Lake[edit]

Rivers draining into saline and endorheic Mono Lake in eastern California, from north and proceeding counterclockwise:

Owens River, Death Valley, Mojave Desert[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Klamath Resource Information System (KRIS), KRIS Humboldt Bay, URL retrieved November 11, 2007
  2. ^ Humboldt Bay Harbor District, Wetlands, Streams, Riparian Areas, and Watershed Areas, URL retrieved November 12, 2007[dead link]

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