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Description : The USA river map showing various rivers, lakes and water bodies present across the country.               Click here to view the Larger USA River Map Image Disclaimer
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  Major Rivers in USA  
RiverLength (km)Length (miles)Drainage area (km²)OutflowCountries in the drainage basinUSA States in the drainage basin
Missouri River376723411300000Mississippi RiverUSA Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota
Mississippi River373423202981076Gulf of MexicoUSAArkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin,  Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee,
Colorado River23341450637137Gulf of CaliforniaUSA, MexicoCalifornia, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada
Columbia River20001243668000Pacific OceanUSA, CanadaWashington, Oregon
Ohio River1579981528100Mississippi RiverUSA Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia,  Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky
Arkansas River23641469435123Mississippi RiverUSAArkansas,  Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas
Snake River17351078278450Columbia RiverUSAWashington, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon
Saint Lawrence River11977441344200Gulf of St. LawrenceUSA, CanadaNew York
Rio Grande30511896471900Gulf of MexicoUSA, MexicoTexas, Colorado, New Mexico
Yukon River31901982854700Berin SeaUSA, CanadaAlaska


The United States of America has over 250,000 rivers. The longest river in the USA is the Missouri River; it is a tributary of the Mississippi River and is 2,540 miles long. But the biggest in terms of water volume is the deeper Mississippi River.
The longest un-dammed river in the contiguous USA is the Yellowstone River; it is 692 miles long.


Rivers provide drinking water, irrigation water, transportation, electrical power, drainage, food, and recreation. Rivers also erode land and carry it downstream to the sea. This kind of erosion can even form canyons, like the Grand Canyon, and waterfalls, like Niagara Falls.

While some of the USA rivers and lakes serve as vital waterways for inland navigation others are useful sources of irrigation and power generation. For certain cities like New Orleans, river basins usher in growth and prosperity for the city and its people. The whole drainage topography of the USA may be divided into two main subsystems, namely the Eastern systems and the Pacific systems.

Of the several prominent rivers featured in the USA river map, the major rivers of USA are:
  • Colorado river
  • Salmon River
  • Arkansas River
  • Gila River
  • Red River
  • Tennessee River
  • Minnesota River
  • Snake River

Lakes of USA
Besides the USA rivers, the USA river map also shows the various lakes, streams and other water bodies in the USA. The lake system of the US comprises Great Lakes of Lake Superior, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Ontario and Lake Michigan, the first four of which are shared with Canada.

The Great Lakes of the US constitute the largest group of fresh water lakes in the world. Located in east-central North America, the Great Lakes form the largest group of fresh water lakes in the world covering a total area of 244,106 square km. Of the five Great Lakes, only Lake Michigan falls entirely within the territory of the United States with the remaining four being shared with Canada. Apart from being the site for large population concentrations and industrial activities, the Great Lakes also handle the highest volume of fresh water shipping tonnage in the world.

The other major lakes shown in the USA river map are:
  • Eagle lake
  • Goose lake
  • Pyramid lake
  • Walker lake
  • Lake Mead
  • Norfolk Lake
  • Roosevelt lake