List of rivers of California Article

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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)

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). Bold indicates rivers with more detailed lists in following sections.

Smith River

  • Smith River
    • Rowdy Creek
    • Mill Creek
    • Myrtle Creek
    • South Fork Smith River
      • Craigs Creek
      • Coon Creek
      • Rock Creek
      • Gordon Creek
      • Goose Creek
      • Hurdygurdy Creek
      • Jones Creek
      • Buck Creek
      • Quartz Creek
      • Eightmile Creek
      • Harrington Creek
      • Prescott Fork Smith River
    • Middle Fork Smith River
      • Patrick Creek
      • Little Jones Creek
      • Monkey Creek
      • Siskiyou Fork Smith River
      • Griffin Creek
      • Knopki Creek
    • North Fork Smith River
      • Stony Creek
      • Still Creek
      • Diamond Creek

Klamath River

  • Klamath River
    • Hunter Creek
    • Turwar Creek
    • Blue Creek
      • West Fork Blue Creek
      • Nikowitz Creek
      • Crescent City Fork Blue Creek
      • East Fork Blue Creek
    • Ah Pah Creek
    • Tectah Creek
    • Pecwan Creek
    • Mettah Creek
    • Roach Creek
    • Tully Creek
    • Pine Creek
    • Trinity River
    • Hopkins Creek
    • Copper Creek
      • Indian Creek
    • Bluff Creek
      • Fish Creek
      • East Fork Bluff Creek
      • Notice Creek
      • North Fork Bluff Creek
    • Slate Creek
    • Red Cap Creek
      • North Fork Red Cap Creek
      • Middle Fork Red Cap Creek
    • Boise Creek
    • Camp Creek
    • Pearch Creek
    • Salmon River
    • Rogers Creek
    • Irving Creek
    • Rock Creek
    • Swillup Creek
    • Ukonom Creek
      • McCash Fork
    • King Creek
    • Independence Creek
    • Clear Creek
      • South Fork Clear Creek
      • Fivemile Creek
      • Tenmile Creek
      • Bear Valley Creek
      • Red Hill Creek
      • West Fork Clear Creek
      • Doe Creek
    • Oak Flat Creek
    • Elk Creek
      • East Fork Elk Creek
      • Doolittle Creek
      • Bear Creek
      • Granite Creek
        • Burney Valley Creek
      • Toms Valley Creek
      • Rainy Valley Creek
    • Indian Creek
      • Doolittle Creek
      • East Fork Indian Creek
      • South Fork Indian Creek
        • Twin Valley Fork Indian Creek
      • Mill Creek
      • Granite Creek
      • Green Creek
    • China Creek
    • Thompson Creek
    • Fort Goff Creek
    • Portuguese Creek
    • Seiad Creek
    • Grider Creek
    • Walker Creek
    • Scott River
      • Mill Creek
      • Kelsey Creek
      • Shackleford Creek
      • Indian Creek
      • Moffett Creek
      • Kidder Creek
      • Etna Creek
      • Sugar Creek
      • East Fork Scott River
      • South Fork Scott River
    • Shasta River
    • Cottonwood Creek
    • Bogus Creek
    • Jenny Creek
    • Butte Creek (joins the Klamath in Oregon)
    • Lost River (joins the Klamath in Oregon)
      • Rock Creek
      • Willow Creek
      • Mowitz Creek

Trinity River

  • Trinity River
    • Mill Creek
    • Tish Tang o Tang Creek
    • Horse Linto Creek
    • Willow Creek
    • South Fork Trinity River
      • Madden Creek
      • Grouse Creek
        • Mosquito Creek
      • Buckeye Creek
      • Hayfork Creek
        • Corral Creek
        • Salt Creek
        • Big Creek
        • Carr Creek
        • East Fork Hayfork Creek
      • Indian Valley Creek
        • Butter Creek
      • Plummer Creek
      • Rattlesnake Creek
      • Smoky Creek
      • Happy Camp Creek
      • East Fork South Fork Trinity River
        • Prospect Creek
      • Shell Mountain Creek
    • Sharber Creek
    • Quinby Creek
    • Hawkins Creek
    • New River
      • Bell Creek
      • Big Creek
      • China Creek
      • Panther Creek
      • Quinby Creek
      • Devils Canyon Creek
      • East Fork New River
      • Slide Creek
      • Virgin Creek
    • Canadian Creek
    • Big French Creek
    • Little French Creek
    • Price Creek
    • Manzanita Creek
    • Big Bar Creek
    • Sailor Bar Creek
    • North Fork Trinity River
      • East Fork North Fork Trinity River
      • Backbone Creek
      • Whites Creek
      • China Creek
      • Rattlesnake Creek
      • Gas Creek
      • Grizzly Creek
    • Canyon Creek
      • Big East Fork Canyon Creek
      • Little East Fork Canyon Creek
    • Oregon Gulch
    • Soldier Creek
    • Dutch Creek
    • Browns Creek
      • Little Creek
    • Reading Creek
    • Weaver Creek
      • Little Browns Creek
      • East Weaver Creek
      • West Weaver Creek
    • Indian Creek
    • Grass Valley Creek
      • Little Grass Valley Creek
    • Rush Creek
    • Deadwood Creek
    • Papoose Creek
    • Stuart Fork
      • Hobel Creek
      • Mule Creek
      • Stoney Creek
      • Owens Creek
      • Deep Creek
      • Boulder Creek
      • Deer Creek
    • Swift Creek
      • Granite Creek
    • East Fork Trinity River
      • Cedar Creek
      • Mumbo Creek
      • Crow Creek
      • Baker Creek
    • Coffee Creek
      • Little Boulder Creek
      • Boulder Creek
      • Sugar Pine Creek
      • East Fork Coffee Creek
      • North Fork Coffee Creek
      • Union Creek
      • South Fork Coffee Creek
    • Scorpion Creek
    • Eagle Creek
    • Ramshorn Creek
    • Bear Creek
    • Tangle Blue Creek
    • Scott Mountain Creek
    • Little Trinity River
    • Sherer Creek
    • Picayune Creek
    • Cedar Creek
    • Bear Creek
    • High Camp Creek

Salmon River

  • Salmon River
    • Merrill Creek
    • Somes Creek
    • Wooley Creek
      • Steinacher Creek
      • Bridge Creek
      • Rock Creek
      • Hancock Creek
      • North Fork Wooley Creek
        • Cuddihy Fork
      • Hell Hole Creek
      • Big Meadows Creek
      • South Fork Wooley Creek
      • Big Elk Fork
    • Butler Creek
    • Morehouse Creek
    • Nordheimer Creek
    • Crapo Creek
    • North Fork Salmon River
      • Little North Fork Salmon River
      • Russian Creek
      • Right Hand Fork North Fork Salmon River
    • South Fork Salmon River
      • Knownothing Creek
      • Methodist Creek
      • Black Bear Creek
      • Plummer Creek
      • St Claire Creek
      • Crawford Creek
      • Cecil Creek
      • East Fork South Fork Salmon River
        • Taylor Creek
      • Rush Creek
      • Little South Fork Salmon River

Redwood Creek

  • Redwood Creek (Humboldt County)
    • Prairie Creek (California)
      • Lost Man Creek
    • McArthur Creek
    • Tom McDonald Creek
    • Bridge Creek
    • Copper Creek
    • Devils Creek
    • Coyote Creek
    • Panther Creek
    • Garrett Creek
    • Lacks Creek
    • Minor Creek
    • Lupton Creek
    • Noisy Creek
    • High Prairie Creek
    • Minon Creek
    • Lake Prairie Creek
    • Bradford Creek
    • Pardee Creek
    • Twin Lakes Creek

Mad River

Humboldt Bay

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)

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

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

Suisun Bay

Sacramento River

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

San Joaquin River

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

Tulare Basin

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.

Kings River

Kaweah River

Tule River

Kern River


Clockwise around the Tulare Basin starting at the Kings River:

San Francisco Bay (remainder)

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

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

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

Ventura County

Los Angeles County

Orange County

Newport Bay

South Orange County Coast

San Diego County

San Diego Bay

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

Below San Diego Bay

Gulf of California

Rivers that empty into the Gulf of California:

Carrizo Plain

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

  • Wallace Creek

Salton Sea

Rivers that empty into the Salton Sea:

Great Basin

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

Northeastern California to Walker River

Mono Lake

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

Owens River, Death Valley, Mojave Desert

See also


  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 Archived November 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

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