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USA Lower 48 Drainage Basin High Points

Basins with over 1500 square miles

RankDrainage BasinArea-SqMiPeak Elev-Ft CountryRange (Level 4)Ascents
1.Great Basin372,401Mount Whitney14,498United StatesSequoia Sierra Nevada3072
1.Buena Vista Lake Bed2,296Mount Whitney14,498United StatesSequoia Sierra Nevada3072
1.Owens Valley3,590Mount Whitney14,498United StatesSequoia Sierra Nevada3072
1.South San Joaquin Basin32,736Mount Whitney14,498United StatesSequoia Sierra Nevada3072
5.Mississippi1,249,933Mount Elbert14,433United StatesSawatch Range1664
6.Rio Grande213,707Blanca Peak14,345United StatesSangre de Cristo Range353
7.Colorado243,728Uncompahgre Peak14,309United StatesSan Juan Mountains391
8.Tulare Lake Bed16,369North Palisade14,242United StatesCentral Sierra Nevada263
9.Columbia259,290Mount Rainier-Southeast Crater Rim14,200United StatesSouth Washington Cascades206
10.Klamath15,845Mount Shasta14,162United StatesCalifornia Cascades1303
10.Sacramento26,940Mount Shasta14,162United StatesCalifornia Cascades1303
12.San Joaquin15,788Mount Humphreys13,986United StatesCentral Sierra Nevada187
13.Great Salt Lake35,716Wheeler Peak13,063United StatesEast Central Great Basin Ranges684
14.Salton Sea8,239San Gorgonio Mountain11,499United StatesTransverse Ranges1566
15.Santa Ana1,694San Gorgonio Mountain-Northwest Slope11,400United StatesTransverse Ranges131
16.Skagit3,198Mount Baker10,781United StatesNorth Cascades1535
17.Wilcox Playa1,671Mount Graham10,720United StatesSoutheast Arizona Ranges199
18.Great Divide Basin3,900Ferris Peak10,037United StatesGreat Divide Basin Area10
19.Rogue5,164Mount McLoughlin9495United StatesOregon Cascades354
20.Umpqua4,689Mount Thielsen9182United StatesOregon Cascades360
21.Santa Clara1,626Mount Pinos8831United StatesTransverse Ranges762
22.Santa Maria1,828Sawmill Mountain-West Peak8749United StatesTransverse Ranges93
23.Snohomish1,822Mount Daniel7960United StatesSouth Washington Cascades435
24.Eel3,682Black Butte7448United StatesNorthern California Coast Range151
25.Androscoggin3,527Mount Washington6288United StatesWhite Mountains4619
25.Saco1,699Mount Washington6288United StatesWhite Mountains4619
25.Connecticut11,264Mount Washington6288United StatesWhite Mountains4619
28.Santee15,384Grandfather Mountain5946United StatesSouthern Blue Ridge Front283
29.Salinas4,837Junipero Serra Peak5862United StatesCentral California Coast Ranges219
30.Savannah10,488Standing Indian5499United StatesSouthern Blue Ridge Front221
31.St. Lawrence518,209Mount Marcy5344United StatesAdirondack Mountains2157
31.Hudson13,455Mount Marcy5344United StatesAdirondack Mountains2157
33.Penobscot8,586Katahdin5268United StatesLongfellow Mountains1878
34.Merrimack5,024Mount Lafayette5240United StatesWhite Mountains2898
35.Chehalis2,117Capitol Peak5054United StatesOlympic Mountains6
36.Potomac14,697Spruce Knob4861United StatesAllegheny Mountains893
37.Brazos45,709Mississippi-Rio Grande-Brazos Triple Divide4740United StatesSouthern Great Plains3
38.James10,325Little Ridge4546United StatesCentral Appalachian Ridges22
39.Colorado [TX]42,475Colorado Basin High Point4540United StatesSouthern Great Plains2
40.Apalachicola19,651Tray Mountain4430United StatesSouthern Blue Ridge Front237
41.Kennebec5,945Sugarloaf Mountain4240United StatesLongfellow Mountains560
42.Roanoke9,767Apple Orchard Mountain4225United StatesNorthern Blue Ridge177
43.Alabama43,712Big Frog Mountain4200United StatesSouthern Blue Ridge Front66
44.Delaware13,611Slide Mountain4180United StatesCatskill Mountains1214
45.Pee Dee18,141Thompkins Knob4080United StatesSouthern Blue Ridge Front48
46.Rappahannock2,713Hawksbill4050United StatesNorthern Blue Ridge390
47.Susquehanna27,499Blue Knob3120United StatesAllegheny Mountains90
48.Housatonic1,951Mount Everett2608United StatesTaconic Range272
49.Nueces16,741Edwards County High Point2415United StatesSouthern Great Plains3
50.Guadalupe10,132Guadalupe Basin High Point2405United StatesSouthern Great Plains0
51.Mattaponi2,670Peters Mountain1820United StatesNorthern Blue Ridge2
52.Altamaha14,188Stone Mountain1680United StatesPiedmont411
53.Trinity17,973Young County High Point1522United StatesSouthern Great Plains9
54.Saint Croix1,767Musquash Mountain1220United StatesNew England Upland8
55.Cape Fear9,163Cape Fear Basin High Point1010United StatesPiedmont11
56.Neuse5,683Roxboro Hill890United StatesPiedmont25
57.Ogeechee4,487Hancock County High Point745United StatesPiedmont4
58.Tar3,159Granville County High Point740United StatesPiedmont14
59.Sabine19,854Hunt County High Point730United StatesSouthern Great Plains12
60.Pearl [MS-LA]8,686Winston County High Point722United StatesSoutheast Coast13
61.Pascagoula8,475Circle Hill700United StatesSoutheast Coast6
62.Edisto2,479Saluda County High Point680United StatesPiedmont10
63.Chowan4,931Nottoway Basin High Point660United StatesPiedmont1
64.Lavaca2,253Gonzales County High Point590United StatesSouthern Great Plains4
65.San Jacinto [TX]4,016Walker County High Point500United StatesSouthern Great Plains9
66.Suwanee9,851Crisp County High Point480United StatesPiedmont7
67.St. John9,306Sugarloaf Mountain310United StatesSoutheast Coast83

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