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This is a list of rivers in the U.S. state of California, grouped by region.

North Coast (north of Humboldt Bay)

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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
      • Yreka Creek
      • Oregon Slough
      • Little Shasta River
      • Willow Creek
      • Parks Creek
      • Whitney Creek
    • 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.

For additional detail on Humboldt Bay streams, see Humboldt Bay: Bay tributaries and sloughs.

  • Jacoby Creek
  • Eureka Slough
    • Freshwater Slough
      • Freshwater Creek
  • Elk River (California)
  • Salmon Creek (Northern Humboldt County)

North Coast (south of Humboldt Bay)

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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

  • Pacheco Creek (Contra Costa County)

Sacramento River

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

San Joaquin River

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San Joaquin River map
Yosemite nat park valley view
The Merced River, a tributary of the San Joaquin River
San Joaquin River USGS
The San Joaquin River

Tulare Basin

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Map of the Tulare Lake Basin
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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

  • Kings River the Kings River divides into North Fork Distributary, South Fork Distributary and Clark's Fork distributaries. North Fork Distributary connects to the Fresno Slough that drains into the San Joaquin River (during high flows), before turning to the south rejoining with the other distributaries to reform the Kings River and emptying into Tulare Lake.
    • Los Gatos Creek historically tributary to North Fork Kings River distributary.
    • Fish Creek
    • Hughes Creek
    • Mill Creek
    • Pine Flat Dam, Pine Flat Lake
      • Deer Creek
      • Zebe Creek
      • Russian Charlie Creek
      • Lefever Creek
      • Billy Creek
      • Sycamore Creek
      • Big Creek
      • Sacata Creek
      • Redoak Creek
      • Lower Rancheria Creek
      • Sycamore Springs Creek
    • North Fork Kings River
      • Dinkey Creek
      • Basin Creek
        • Patterson Creek
      • Weir Creek
      • Black Rock Creek
      • Williams Creek
      • Mule Creek
      • Rancheria Creek
      • Teakettle Creek
      • Long Meadow Creek
      • Wilson Dam, Wilson Reservoir
        • Woodchuck Creek
        • Short Hair Creek
        • Sharp Creek
      • Helms Creek
        • Dusy Creek
      • Post Corral Creek
        • Burnt Corral Creek
      • Flemming Creek
      • Nichols Canyon
      • Meadow Brook
      • Fall Creek
      • Division Lake
      • Regiment Lake
    • Davis Creek
      • Mill Flat Creek
    • Verplank Creek
    • Fox Canyon Creek
    • Converse Creek
    • Spring Creek
    • Cabin Creek
    • Garlic Meadow Creek
    • Rough Creek
    • Ten Mile Creek
    • Middle Fork Kings River
      • Deer Canyon Creek
      • Brush Canyon Creek
      • Tombstone Creek
      • Wren Creek
      • Silver Creek
      • Crown Creek
        • Rogers Creek
      • Gorge of Despair
      • Crystal Creek
      • Blue Canyon Creek
      • Lost Canyon Creek
      • Rattlesnake Creek
      • Alpine Creek
      • Dog Creek
      • Kennedy Creek
      • Dougherty Creek
      • Horseshoe Creek
      • Goddard Creek
        • Disappearing Creek
      • Windy Canyon Creek
      • Cartridge Creek
      • Rimbaud Creek
      • Palisade Creek
        • Cataract Creek
        • Glacier Creek
      • Dusy Branch
      • Helen Lake
    • South Fork Kings River (This is the actual river that flows through Kings Canyon)
      • Lockwood Creek
      • Redwood Creek
      • Windy Gulch
      • Boulder Creek
      • Grizzly Creek
      • Lightning Creek
      • Deer Cove Creek
      • Lewis Creek
        • Comb Creek
      • Sheep Creek
      • Hotel Creek
      • Roaring River
      • Granite Creek
      • Copper Creek
      • Avalanche Creek
      • Bubbs Creek
        • Sphinx Creek
        • Charlotte Creek
        • Cross Creek
        • North Guard Creek
        • East Creek
      • Glacier Creek
      • Gardiner Creek
      • Woods Creek
        • Woods Creek
      • Arrow Creek
      • Kid Creek

Kaweah River

Tule River

Kern River

  • Kern River
    • North Fork Kern River
      • Cannell Creek
      • Salmon Creek
      • Tobias Creek
      • Brush Creek
      • South Creek
      • Dry Meadow Creek
      • Peppermint Creek
      • Durrwood Creek
      • Needlerock Creek
      • Freeman Creek
        • Lloyd Meadows Creek
      • Little Kern River
        • Fish Creek
        • Deep Creek
        • Deep Creek
        • Clicks Creek
        • Sagebrush Gulch
        • Alpine Creek
          • Mountaineer Creek
          • Pecks Canyon Creek
        • Table Meadow Creek
        • Soda Springs Creek
        • Lion Creek
        • Willow Creek
        • Tamrack Creek
        • Rifle Creek
        • Shotgun Creek
          • Pistol Creek
      • Rattlesnake Creek
      • Deadman Canyon Creek
      • Soda Creek
      • Osa Creek
      • Hockett Peak Creek
      • Grouse Canyon Creek
      • Manzanita Canyon Creek
      • Ninemile Creek
        • Cold Meadow Creek
        • Red Rock Creek
        • Long Canyon Creek
          • Long Stringer
          • Lost Trout Creek
      • Hells Hole Creek
      • Angora Creek
      • Hell For Sure Creek
      • Leggett Creek
      • Grasshopper Creek
      • Little Kern Lake Creek
      • Rough Creek
      • Coyote Creek
      • Golden Trout Creek
      • Laurel Creek
      • Rattlesnake Creek
      • Big Arroyo
        • Willow Creek
        • Soda Creek
        • Lost Canyon Creek
      • Funston Creek
      • Chagoopa Creek
      • Rock Creek
        • Siberian Pass Creek
      • Red Spur Creek
      • Whitney Creek
        • Crabtree Creek
      • Wallace Creek
      • Kern-Kaweah River
        • Picket Creek
      • Tyndall Creek
      • Milestone Creek
    • South Fork Kern River
      • Kelso Creek
      • Canebrake Creek
      • Bartolas Creek
      • Palome Creek
      • Long Valley Creek
      • Taylor Creek
      • Manter Creek
      • Tibbets Creek
      • Trout Creek
      • Fish Creek
      • Bitter Creek
      • Lost Creek
      • Crag Creek
      • Honeybee Creek
      • Summit Creek
      • Cow Canyon Creek
      • Snake Creek
      • Soda Creek
      • Monache Creek
      • Schaefer Stringer
      • Strawberry Creek
      • Long Stringer
      • Dry Creek
      • Mulkey Creek
      • Movie Stringer
      • Lewis Stringer
      • Kern Peak Stringer

Other

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

  • Goleta Slough
  • Montecito Creek
    • Cold Springs Creek
      • East Fork Cold Springs Creek
      • West Fork Cold Springs Creek
  • Oak Creek
  • San Ysidro Creek
  • Romero Creek
    • Picay Creek
  • Toro Canyon Creek
    • Garapata Creek
    • Buell Reservoir Creek
  • Arroyo Paredon
  • Santa Monica Creek
    • Franklin Creek
  • Carpinteria Creek
    • Gobernador Creek
      • Eldorado Creek
      • Steer Creek
    • Carpinteria Reservoir Creek
  • Rincon Creek
    • Casitas Creek
    • Sulphur Creek
    • Catharina Creek

Ventura County

  • Los Sauces Creek
  • Madrianio Creek
  • Padre Juan Canyon
  • Ventura River
    • Manuel Canyon
    • Cañada Larga
    • Cañada de Alisos
    • Coyote Creek
      • Lake Casitas
        • Laguna Creek
        • Willow Creek
        • Santa Ana Creek
          • Roble-Casitas Canal
        • Poplin Creek
      • Deep Cat Lake
      • East Fork Coyote Creek
      • West Fork Coyote Creek
    • Matilija Creek
      • Rattlesnake Creek
      • Lime Creek
      • Murietta Creek
      • Middle Fork Matilija Creek
      • Upper North Fork Matilija Creek
    • North Fork Matilija Creek (This and Matilija Creek form the Ventura River's headwaters.)
  • Santa Clara River
  • Calleguas Creek

Los Angeles County

Orange County

  • San Gabriel River
  • Santa Ana River
    • Greenville-Banning Channel
      • Huntington Beach Channel
    • Santiago Creek
      • Handy Creek
      • Irvine Lake(Instream water supply, recreation and flood control reservoir)
        • Limestone Canyon Creek
      • Black Star Canyon Creek
      • Baker Canyon Creek
      • Silverado Canyon
        • Ladd Canyon
        • White Canyon
        • Halfway Canyon
        • Pine Canyon
        • Lost Woman Canyon
        • Spruce Canyon
      • Williams Canyon
        • Spring Canyon
      • Harding Creek
      • Bear Trap Canyon Creek
    • Blue Mud Creek
    • Brush Creek
    • Aliso Creek
      • Bane Canyon Creek
      • Water Canyon Creek
    • Fresno Canyon
    • Wardlow Wash
    • Chino Creek
      • Mill Creek
        • Etiwanda Creek
        • Cucamonga Creek
        • Deer Creek
          • Day Canyon Wash
          • Calamity Creek
      • San Antonio Creek
        • Stoddard Creek
        • Kerkhoff Creek
        • Bear Creek
        • Icehouse Creek
          • Cedar Creek
    • Temescal Creek
      • Oak Avenue Drain
        • Mabey Canyon Wash
        • Hagador Canyon Wash
          • Tin Mine Canyon Creek
      • Arlington Valley Channel
      • Main Street Canyon Wash
        • Eagle Canyon Creek
      • Joseph Canyon
      • Bedford Canyon Wash
      • Cajalco Canyon
      • Olsen Canyon Wash
      • Brown Canyon Wash
        • McBribe Canyon Creek
      • Coldwater Canyon Creek
      • Dawson Canyon Wash
      • Mayhew Canyon Wash
      • Indian Canyon Creek
      • Horsetheif Canyon Wash
        • Cow Canyon Creek
      • Rice Canyon Wash
        • Bishop Canyon Wash
      • Gavilan Wash in Walker Canyon
      • Arroyo Del Toro
      • Wasson Canyon Wash
      • Lake Elsinore
        • McVicker Canyon Wash
        • Leach Canyon Wash
        • San Jacinto River
          • Canyon Lake
            • Salt Creek
          • Perris Valley Channel
          • Bautista Creek
            • Indian Creek
          • North Fork San Jacinto River
            • Logan Creek
            • Stone Creek
            • Black Mountain Creek
            • Fuller Mill Creek
          • South Fork San Jacinto River
            • Dry Creek
            • Spillway Creek
            • Strawberry Creek
            • Herkey Creek
            • Fobes Creek
    • Riverside Flood Control Channel
    • Sunnyslope Channel
    • Arroyo Tequesquito
    • Warm Creek
      • Lytle Creek
        • Cajon Wash
          • Cable Creek
          • Lone Pine Creek
          • Crowder Creek
        • Grapevine Creek
        • Meyer Creek
        • South Fork Lytle Creek
          • Bonita Creek
        • Middle Fork Lytle Creek
        • North Fork Lytle Creek
          • Coldwater Canyon Creek
          • Paiute Canyon
          • Dog Bone Canyon
      • East Twin Creek
      • Sand Creek
    • City Creek
      • Bledsoe Gulch
      • Schenk Creek
      • East Fork City Creek
      • West Fork City Creek
    • Elder Gulch
    • Plunge Creek
      • Oak Creek
      • Fredalba Creek
      • Little Mill Creek
    • Mill Creek
      • Spoor Creek
      • Mountain Home Creek
        • Skinner Creek
        • East Fork Mountain Home Creek
      • Glen Martin Creek
      • Frustration Creek
      • Monkeyface Creek
      • Oak Cove Creek
      • Bridal Veil Creek
      • Hatchery Creek
      • Momyer Creek
      • Slide Creek
      • Alger Creek
      • Falls Creek
      • Vivian Creek
      • High Creek
    • Morton Creek
    • Deep Creek
    • Government Creek
    • Warm Springs Creek
    • Alder Creek
    • Keller Creek
      • Monroe Creek
    • Crystal Creek
    • Breakneck Creek
    • Bear Creek
      • North Fork Bear Creek
      • Siberia Creek
      • North Creek
      • Grout Creek
      • Minnelusa Creek
      • Rathbun Creek
      • Sawmill Creek
    • Deer Creek
    • Mile Creek
    • Cienaga Creek
    • Barton Creek
    • Hamilton Creek
    • Converse Creek
    • Staircase Creek
    • South Fork Santa Ana River
    • Lost Creek
    • Wildhorse Creek
    • Cienaga Seca Creek
    • Heart Bar Creek
    • Coon Creek

Newport Bay

  • Newport Bay
    • Upper Newport Bay
      • Big Canyon (Newport Bay)
      • Santa Isabel Channel
      • Dehli Canal
      • San Diego Creek
        • Bonita Canyon Creek
          • Bonita Canyon Reservoir
        • Sand Canyon Wash
          • Sand Canyon Reservoir
        • San Joaquin Wash
          • San Joaquin Reservoir
        • Peters Canyon Wash
          • Santa Ana Channel
          • Rattlesnake Canyon Creek
          • Peters Canyon Reservoir
        • Marshburn Channel
        • Bee Canyon Wash
          • Round Canyon
          • Bee Canyon Reservoir
        • Agua Chinon Creek
          • Borrego Canyon
        • Serrano Creek
          • La Cañada Wash
      • Santa Ana-Delhi Channel
      • Big Canyon Creek

South Orange County Coast

San Diego County

  • San Mateo Creek
  • San Onofre Creek
    • South Fork, San Onofre Creek
    • North Fork, San Onofre Creek
      • Jardine Creek
  • Foley Creek
  • Horno Creek
  • Las Flores Creek
    • Piedra de Lumbre Canyon Creek
  • Aliso Creek (San Diego County)
  • French Creek (San Diego County)
  • Cockleburr Creek
  • Santa Margarita River
    • Newton Canyon
    • Pueblitos Canyon
    • Wood Canyon
    • DeLuz Creek
    • Sandia Creek
    • Rainbow Creek
    • Temecula Creek
      • Pechanga Creek
      • Vail Lake Dam, Vail Lake
        • Kolb Creek
          • Arroyo Seco Creek
        • Wilson Creek
      • Long Canyon
      • Cottonwood Creek
      • Tule Creek
      • Chihuahua Creek
      • Rattlesnake Creek
      • Kohler Canyon
    • Murrieta Creek
      • Empire Creek
        • Long Canyon
      • Santa Gertrudis Creek
        • Tucalota Creek
          • Rawson Canyon
        • Long Valley Creek
      • Warm Springs Creek
        • French Valley Creek
      • Kalmia Creek
      • unnamed arroyo, runs from Adelaide Peak, Temescal Mountains
      • unnamed arroyo, runs from Summit 2124, Temescal Mountains
      • unnamed arroyo, runs through Oak Springs Ranch, from Summit 2064, Temescal Mountains
      • Miller Canyon Creek
      • unnamed arroyo, runs from Iodine Springs in the Temescal Mountains
      • Cole Canyon Creek
      • Vail Canyon Creek
        • Slaughterhouse Canyon
      • Bundy Canyon
      • unnamed arroyo, runs from the southeast slope of Elsinore Peak
  • San Luis Rey River
    • West Fork San Luis Rey River
  • Loma Alta Creek
  • Buena Vista Lagoon
    • Buena Vista Creek
  • Agua Hedionda Lagoon
    • Agua Hedionda Creek
      • Buena Creek (San Diego)
      • Escondido Creek
  • San Dieguito River
    • Santa Maria Creek (San Diego)
    • Santa Ysabel Creek
      • Temescal Creek (San Diego)
  • San Diego River (historically drained into San Diego Bay, but modern flood control channel bypasses the north shore of the bay and empties directly to the Pacific Ocean)
    • Oak Canyon Creek
    • Spring Canyon Creek
    • Forester Creek
    • Los Coches Creek
    • San Vicente Creek
    • Wildcat Canyon Creek
    • Chocolate Creek
    • Conejos Creek
    • Sand Creek
    • Isham Creek
    • Boulder Creek
    • Cedar Creek
    • Ritchie Creek
    • Dye Canyon Creek
    • Iron Springs Canyon Creek
    • Temescal Creek
    • Sentenac Creek
    • Coleman Creek

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:

  • Salt Creek
    • Dos Palmas Creek
    • Red Canyon Wash
  • Box Canyon Wash
  • Whitewater River
  • Barton Canyon Wash
    • Alano Canyon Wash
    • Sheep Canyon Wash
  • Travertine Palms Wash
  • Garner Wash
  • Wonderstone Wash
  • Gravel Wash
  • Big Wash
  • Grave Wash
  • Coral Wash
  • Palm Wash
  • Anza Ditch
  • Arroyo Salada
  • Tule Wash
  • San Felipe Creek
    • Carrizo Creek, Carrizo Wash
      • Barret Canyon
      • Deguynos Canyon
        • Gert Wash
        • Red Rock Canyon (Deguynos Canyon)
      • Vallecito Wash, Vallecito Creek
        • Arroyo Seco del Diablo
        • Arroyo Tapiado
        • Arroyo Hueso
        • Canebreak Wash
          • North Wash
        • June Wash
        • Squaw Canyon Wash
        • Bisnaga Alta Wash
        • Smugglers Canyon
        • Storm Canyon Wash
        • Cottonwood Canyon
        • Box Canyon Wash
        • Oriflamme Canyon
        • Rodriquez Canyon
      • Bow Willow Creek
      • Rockhouse Canyon
      • Goat Canyon
      • Tule Canyon
      • Walker Canyon
    • Tarantula Wash
    • Fish Creek Wash
    • Palo Verde Wash
    • Harper Canyon Wash
    • Fault Wash
    • Third Wash
    • Big Wash
    • Hills of the Moon Wash
    • Rainbow Wash
    • Borrego Sink Wash
      • Borrego Sink
        • Culp Canyon Wash
          • Tubb Canyon
        • Borrego Palm Canyon Wash
          • Hellhole Canyon
          • Henderson Canyon
          • Borrego Palm Canyon
        • Coyote Creek
          • Indian Creek
          • Salvadore Canyon Creek
          • Alder Canyon Creek
          • Horse Canyon Creek
          • Tule Canyon Creek
          • Alder Canyon Creek
          • Nance Canyon Creek
    • Pinyon Wash
      • Bighorn Wash
      • Nolina Wash
    • Mine Wash
    • Chuckwalla Wash
    • Grapevine Canyon
      • Bitter Creek Canyon
    • Banner Creek
  • New River
    • Coyote Wash (California)
      • Palm Canyon Wash (Coyote Wash, California)
      • South Fork Coyote Wash
      • Myer Creek (Coyote Wash)
    • Pinto Wash
  • Alamo River

Great Basin

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

See also: List of rivers of the Great Basin

Northeastern California to Walker River

See also: List of Lake Tahoe inflow streams

Mono Lake

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

  • Cottonwood Creek
  • Rancheria Gulch
  • Wilson Creek
  • Mill Creek
    • Deer Creek
    • South Fork Mill Creek
      • Lake Canyon Creek
  • Dechambeau Creek
  • Lee Vining Creek
    • Beartrack Creek
    • Gibbs Canyon Creek
    • Warren Fork
    • Mine Creek
      • Glacier Canyon Creek
    • Saddlebag Creek
  • Rush Creek
    • Walker Creek
    • Parker Creek
    • Alger Creek
    • Reversed Creek
      • Fern Creek
      • Yost Creek
    • Crest Creek
  • Dry Creek

Owens River, Death Valley, Mojave Desert

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