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USA Lower 48 Drainage Basin High Points

Basins with over 1500 square miles

RankDrainage BasinArea-SqMiPeak Elev-Ft
(Avg)
CountryRange (Level 4)
1.Great Basin201,693Mount Whitney14,495United StatesSequoia Sierra Nevada
1.Owens Valley3,293Mount Whitney14,495United StatesSequoia Sierra Nevada
1.South San Joaquin Basin16,381Mount Whitney14,495United StatesSequoia Sierra Nevada
4.Mississippi1,251,272Mount Elbert14,433United StatesSawatch Range
5.Rio Grande222,823Blanca Peak14,345United StatesSangre de Cristo Range
6.Colorado249,676Uncompahgre Peak14,309United StatesSan Juan Mountains
7.Columbia259,390Mount Rainier-Southeast Crater Rim14,220United StatesSouth Washington Cascades
8.Klamath15,624Mount Shasta14,162United StatesCalifornia Cascades
8.Sacramento26,786Mount Shasta14,162United StatesCalifornia Cascades
10.San Joaquin15,760Mount Humphreys13,986United StatesCentral Sierra Nevada
11.Salton Sea8,035San Gorgonio Mountain11,499United StatesTransverse Ranges
12.Santa Ana1,691San Gorgonio Mountain-Northwest Slope11,420United StatesTransverse Ranges
13.Skagit3,143Mount Baker10,781United StatesNorth Cascades
14.Wilcox Playa1,680Mount Graham10,720United StatesSoutheast Arizona Ranges
15.Great Divide Basin3,908Ferris Mountain10,037United StatesGreat Divide Basin Area
16.Rogue5,155Mount McLoughlin9495United StatesOregon Cascades
17.Umpqua4,665Mount Thielsen9182United StatesOregon Cascades
18.Santa Clara1,605Mount Pinos8831United StatesTransverse Ranges
19.Santa Maria1,820Sawmill Mountain-West Peak8749United StatesTransverse Ranges
20.Snohomish1,806Mount Daniel7980United StatesSouth Washington Cascades
21.Eel3,677Black Butte7448United StatesNorthern California Coast Range
22.Androscoggin3,512Mount Washington6288United StatesWhite Mountains
22.Saco1,698Mount Washington6288United StatesWhite Mountains
22.Connecticut11,253Mount Washington6288United StatesWhite Mountains
25.Santee15,392Grandfather Mountain5946United StatesSouthern Blue Ridge Front
26.Salinas4,687Junipero Serra Peak5862United StatesCentral California Coast Ranges
27.Savannah10,467Standing Indian5499United StatesSouthern Blue Ridge Front
28.St. Lawrence502,413Mount Marcy5344United StatesAdirondack Mountains
28.Hudson13,424Mount Marcy5344United StatesAdirondack Mountains
30.Penobscot8,544Katahdin5268United StatesLongfellow Mountains
31.Merrimack5,020Mount Lafayette5260United StatesWhite Mountains
32.Chehalis2,123Capitol Peak5054United StatesOlympic Mountains
33.Potomac14,213Spruce Knob4861United StatesAllegheny Mountains
34.Brazos45,674Mississippi-Rio Grande-Brazos Triple Divide4745United StatesSouthern Great Plains
35.James9,676Little Ridge4546United StatesCentral Appalachian Ridges
36.Colorado [TX]42,299Colorado Basin High Point4542United StatesSouthern Great Plains
37.Apalachicola19,615Tray Mountain4430United StatesSouthern Blue Ridge Front
38.Kennebec5,911Sugarloaf Mountain4250United StatesLongfellow Mountains
39.Roanoke9,785Apple Orchard Mountain4225United StatesNorthern Blue Ridge
40.Alabama43,719Big Frog Mountain4220United StatesSouthern Blue Ridge Front
41.Delaware12,880Slide Mountain4190United StatesCatskill Mountains
42.Pee Dee17,882Thompkins Knob4100United StatesSouthern Blue Ridge Front
43.Rappahannock2,571Hawksbill4050United StatesNorthern Blue Ridge
44.Susquehanna27,456Blue Knob3130United StatesAllegheny Mountains
45.Housatonic1,930Mount Everett2608United StatesTaconic Range
46.Nueces16,820Edwards County High Point2415United StatesSouthern Great Plains
47.Guadalupe6,007Guadalupe Basin High Point2405United StatesSouthern Great Plains
48.San Antonio4,192Guadalupe Benchmark2383United StatesSouthern Great Plains
49.Mattaponi2,604Peters Mountain1830United StatesNorthern Blue Ridge
50.Altamaha14,279Stone Mountain1690United StatesPiedmont
51.Trinity17,994Young County High Point1522United StatesSouthern Great Plains
52.Thames [CT]1,622Burley Hill1316United StatesNew England Upland
53.Saint Croix1,985Musquash Mountain1230United StatesNew England Upland
54.Cape Fear9,108Cape Fear Basin High Point1015United StatesPiedmont
55.Neuse5,600Roxboro Hill895United StatesPiedmont
56.Tar3,178Granville County High Point745United StatesPiedmont
57.Ogeechee4,463Hancock County High Point745United StatesPiedmont
58.Sabine19,818Hunt County High Point735United StatesSouthern Great Plains
59.Pearl [MS-LA]8,635Winston County High Point722United StatesSoutheast Coast
60.Pascagoula8,487Neshoba County High Point705United StatesSoutheast Coast
61.Edisto2,440Saluda County High Point685United StatesPiedmont
62.Chowan4,905Nottoway Basin High Point665United StatesPiedmont
63.Suwanee13,576Crisp County High Point485United StatesPiedmont
64.St. John9,238Sugarloaf Mountain312United StatesSoutheast Coast

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