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USA Lower 48 Triple Divide Points

Minimum basin size of 1500 square miles

RankPeak Elev-M Basin 1Basin 2Basin 3Range (Level 3)
1.Crumbly Spire4036South San Joaquin BasinOwens ValleySan JoaquinSierra Nevada
2.Headwaters Hill3616Rio GrandeMississippiColoradoSouthern Rocky Mountains
3.Three Waters Mountain-North Slope3536ColoradoColumbiaMississippiGreater Yellowstone Rockies
4.Reeds Peak3053Rio GrandeChihuahua BasinsColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges
5.Commissary Ridge Triple Divide3024ColoradoColumbiaGreat BasinWestern Rocky Mountains
6.Winnemucca Lake Southeast2987Great BasinSacramentoSan JoaquinSierra Nevada
7.Chiricahua Peak2975YaquiWilcox PlayaColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges
8.Sawmill Mountain-West Peak2667Santa MariaSanta ClaraSouth San Joaquin BasinCentral and Southern California Ranges
9.Oregon Buttes2608Great Divide BasinColoradoMississippiGreater Yellowstone Rockies
10.South Great Divide Basin Peak2585Great Divide BasinColoradoMississippiSouthern Rocky Mountains
11.Triple Divide Peak2444MississippiColumbiaNelsonCentral Montana Rocky Mountains
12.Miller Mountain2290KlamathUmpquaColumbiaCascade Range
13.Desert Ridge2132KlamathRogueUmpquaCascade Range
14.Colorado-Wilcox-Yaqui Triple Divide1964YaquiWilcox PlayaColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges
15.Mount Washington1917AndroscogginSacoConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians
16.North Skylight Ridge1900EelKlamathSacramentoNorthwest U.S. Coast Ranges
17.Dishpan Gap North1796SkagitSnohomishColumbiaCascade Range
18.Sproats Meadow Northwest1737Great BasinKlamathColumbiaGreat Basin Ranges
19.Mud Lake East1588Great BasinKlamathSacramentoGreat Basin Ranges
20.Little Tejon1451Great BasinSanta ClaraSouth San Joaquin BasinCentral and Southern California Ranges
21.Mississippi-Rio Grande-Brazos Triple Divide1445BrazosMississippiRio GrandeGreat Plains
22.Rio Grande-Colorado-Brazos Triple Divide1366BrazosColorado [TX]Rio GrandeGreat Plains
23.Mount Field1317SacoMerrimackConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians
23.Watering Pond Knob-Northeast Ridge1317JamesMississippiPotomacAppalachian Ridges
25.Mount Field-Northwest Summit1305SacoMerrimackConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians
26.Young Lick Knob1158SavannahApalachicolaMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains
27.Mississippi-Santee-Pee Dee Triple Divide1134Pee DeeSanteeMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains
28.Sassafrass Mountain-East Peak1073SanteeSavannahMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains
29.Salmon Mountain1036St. LawrenceAndroscogginConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians
30.Border Monument 441 Peak1018St. LawrenceAndroscogginKennebecNorthern U.S. Appalachians
31.Styles Peak-North Peak1002St. LawrenceHudsonConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians
32.Long Mountain975AlabamaApalachicolaMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains
33.Brush Mountain - New-James-Roanoke Triple Divide866JamesRoanokeMississippiAppalachian Ridges
33.Mississippi-Susquehanna-Potomac Triple Divide Point866PotomacMississippiSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus
35.Mississippi-Roanoke-Pee Dee Triple Divide853RoanokePee DeeMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains
36.Woodchuck Hill817DelawareSusquehannaHudsonAppalachian Plateaus
37.Woodchuck Hill-East Peak811DelawareSusquehannaHudsonAppalachian Plateaus
38.Potter County Triple Divide Point768St. LawrenceMississippiSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus
39.Guadalupe Benchmark726GuadalupeNuecesSan AntonioGreat Plains
40.Colorado-Nueces-Guadalupe Triple Divide725Colorado [TX]GuadalupeNuecesGreat Plains
41.Hudson-Connecticut-Housatanic Triple Divide642HousatonicHudsonConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians
42.Border Monument 318 Peak585St. LawrenceSaint JohnPenobscotNorthern U.S. Appalachians
43.Three Way Watershed Marker527MississippiSt. LawrenceNelsonMidwest-Great Lakes Area
44.Peters Mountain-Southwest Slope512RappahannockMattaponiJamesBlue Ridge Mountains
45.South Crow Hill500St. LawrenceHudsonSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus
46.Lula Triple Divide408SavannahAltamahaApalachicolaPiedmont-Southeast Coast
47.Trinity-Brazos-Red Triple Divide381BrazosTrinityMississippiGreat Plains
48.Kernersville Triple Divide308Cape FearRoanokePee DeePiedmont-Southeast Coast
49.Mississippi-Trinity-Sabine Triple Divide213SabineTrinityMississippiGreat Plains
50.Choctaw Lookout Tower201MississippiAlabamaPearl [MS-LA]Piedmont-Southeast Coast
51.Roanoke-Tar-Neuse Triple Divide195NeuseRoanokeTarPiedmont-Southeast Coast
52.James-Roanoke-Nottoway Triple Divide192JamesChowanRoanokePiedmont-Southeast Coast
53.Apalachicola-Altamaha-Suwanee Triple Divide143AltamahaSuwaneeApalachicolaPiedmont-Southeast Coast

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List Description

To be on this list, a peak must be the triple divide point of three basins of rivers that reach marine water, and the smallest of these basins must have an area of over 1500 square miles. This last condition excludes what could easily be hundreds of peaks that are triple divides that involve small rivers and tiny coastal creeks.

Also, this list only shows triple divide points for rivers that enter the ocean directly (or for well-defined internal drainages). Therefore, the entire Mississippi-Missouri-Ohio system is considered one basin, and triple divides that include two or three components of this system (e.g. the Colorado-Arkansas-Platte triple divide, where the Arkansas and Platte are both Mississippi tributaries) are not shown. This does leave out a large number of points in the central part of the United States, but most of these points would be low hills in relatively flat country.


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