List of rivers of Florida

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This is a list of streams and rivers in the U.S. state of Florida. The term river of grass has been used to describe the vast complex of waterways that make up the Everglades but the state has many ordinary rivers as well.

By drainage basin[edit]

Atlantic coast[edit]

St. Johns River in Blue Spring State Park.
Ocklawaha River
Halifax River
St. Lucie River

Rivers are listed as they enter the ocean from north to south. Tributaries are listed as they enter their main stem from downstream to upstream.

Alachua Sink[edit]

Water enters Paynes Prairie Basin from a number of sources. Historically it only driained into Alachua Sink. Once underground, the water flows northwest towards the Santa Fe River Basin. In 1927, Camps Canal was built, which linked the basin to the Orange Lake through the River Styx and ultimately to the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Bivens Arm
    • Tumbling Creek
    • Little Tumbling Creek
  • Sweetwater Branch
  • Prairie Creek
    • Newnans Lake
      • Hatchet Creek
      • Lake Forest Creek
      • Little Hatchet Creek
  • Chacala Run
    • Chacala Pond
      • Sawgrass Run
  • Dog Branch

Lake Okeechobee[edit]

Lake Okeechobee drains into the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lucie River, the West Palm Beach Canal, the Hillsboro Canal, the North New River Canal, and the Miami Canal, and into the Gulf of Mexico via the Caloosahatchee River. The major input of water into Lake Okeechobee comes from the north, via the Kissimmee River.

Gulf coast[edit]

Apalachicola River in Torreya State Park
Caloosahatchee River
Blackwater River in Blackwater River State Park
St. Marks River

Rivers are listed as they enter the gulf from south to north, then west. Tributaries are listed as they enter their main stem from downstream to upstream.


High resolution map of the state of Florida with all major waterways

See also[edit]


  • Fernald, Edward A., Ed. 1981. Drainage Basins and Divides. Atlas of Florida. Tallahassee, Florida: The Florida State University Foundation, Inc. p. 18. ISBN 0-9606708-0-7

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