California Rivers Map

California comprises approximately 190 thousand miles of river. It is also known to have around 3,000 named lakes and reservoirs

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Description: Map of California locating the rivers and lakes flowing through the state. Disclaimer

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Rivers in California

California falls under the watershed area of the Pacific Ocean. A part of the eastern region of California is under the watershed area of the Great Basin. Sacramento and San Joaquin are the most prominent snow fed rivers of the state.
River Eel, River Klamath, River Salinas and River Russian flow through the coastal region of California. River Merced, River Owens and River Feather are some of the other prominent rivers of the State of California. Most of the rivers of the southern part of California run dry, except during the monsoon season. The Amargosa River of the Death Valley is one of the important rivers of southern California. California has several natural lakes. The California State Map indicates the prominent lakes of the state. Encompassing total area of 969 square kilometer, the Salton Sea of the Imperial Valley is the biggest lake of California. The Salton Sea was formed during the early part of the 1900, when the surplus water of the Colorado River filled up the natural depression of the Imperial Valley. Mono Lake, Owens Lake, Goose Lake, Honey Lake and Tahoe Lake are few of the notable lakes of California.

List of Rivers in California

S.no.River NameArea / LengthLocation / Source Mouth
1Clear Lake Reservoir25,760 acres (10,420 ha) -Surface areaModoc County, CaliforniaNA
2Goose Lake42 km (26 mi)-Length, 147 sq mi (380 km2)- Surface areaOregon–CaliforniaEndorheic basin, Pit River
3Trinity Lake2,370 ft (720 m)- SurfaceRedding, CaliforniaTrinity River
4Middle Alkali LakeNANANA
5Honey Lake86 sq mi (220 km2) - Surface areaGreat Basin, Lassen County, California, United StatesSusan River
6Almanor Lake13 milesPlumas County, CaliforniaFeather River
7Lake Oroville(10,200 km2)Oroville East, Butte County, CaliforniaFeather River
8Lake Tularedry bed 130 km (81 mi)- Max. length, dry bed 1,780 km2 (690 sq mi)- Surface areaSan Joaquin Valley Kings County, CaliforniaNA
9Bodega Bay4.179 sq mi (10.823 km2) 33.37% (Water Area)Sonoma County, California, United StatesPacific Ocean
10Sacramento447 mi (719 km), North-southKlamath MountainsSacramento County, California, Suisun Bay
11Mono Lake9.321 milesMono County, Californiatributaries of Mono Lake include Lee Vining Creek, Rush Creek and Mill Creek
12Owens Lake17.5 mi (28.2 km)Owens Valley on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada in Inyo County, CaliforniaOwens River, Natural springs and wells
13Buena Vista Lake60 to 150 square milesSan Joaquin Valley Kern County, CaliforniaNA
14Santa Barbara ChannelApproximately 130 kilometres (70 nmi) long and averages about 45 kilometres (24 nmi) acrossPacific Ocean (city of Santa Barbara, and west of the city of Ventura )Pacific Ocean
15San Pedro ChannelNANANA
16Coachella ChannelNANANA
17Saltop SeaNANANA
18Lake Havasu19,300 acres (7,800 ha) - Surface areaBehind Parker Dam on the Colorado River, on the border between California and ArizonaColorado River
19Colorado1,450 mi (2,334 km) La Poudre Pass (Rocky Mountains, Colorado, United States)Gulf of California

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Last Updated Date: August 24th, 2017