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This is a list of streams and rivers in the U.S. state of Florida. The term river of grass has been used to describe the vast complex of waterways that make up the Everglades but the state has many ordinary rivers as well.

By drainage basin

Atlantic coast

St Johns River
St. Johns River in Blue Spring State Park.
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Ocklawaha River
Halifax River 1 (Florida)
Halifax River
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St. Lucie River

Rivers are listed as they enter the ocean from north to south. Tributaries are listed as they enter their main stem from downstream to upstream.

  • St. Marys River
    • Amelia River
      • Bells River
  • Nassau River
    • South Amelia River
    • Thomas Creek
  • Fort George River
  • St. Johns River - Juniper Springs, Salt Springs, Silver Glen Springs, Alexander Springs, Blue Spring, Beecher Spring
    • Pablo Creek
    • Sisters Creek
    • Broward River
    • Trout River
      • Ribault River
      • Little Trout River
    • Arlington River
      • Pottsburg Creek
    • Ortega River
      • Cedar River
    • Doctors Lake
    • Julington Creek
    • Black Creek
    • Rice Creek
    • Dunns Creek
    • Ocklawaha River
      • Orange Creek
        • Orange Lake
          • River Styx
          • Cross Creek
      • Silver River
      • Haines Creek
        • Lake Eustis
          • Dead River
            • Lake Harris
              • Palatlakaha River
    • Salt Springs River
    • Alexander Springs Creek
    • Hontoon Dead River
    • Wekiva River - Wekiwa Springs
      • Blackwater Creek
      • Little Wekiva River
    • Lake Jesup
    • Econlockhatchee River
      • Little Econlockhatchee River
  • Matanzas River
    • Tolomato River
    • San Sebastian River
  • Halifax River
    • Spruce Creek
    • Tomoka River
  • Indian River North
  • Indian River
    • Banana River
    • Eau Gallie River
      • Elbow Creek
    • Crane Creek
    • Turkey Creek
    • Saint Sebastian River
  • St. Lucie River
  • Loxahatchee River
  • Hillsboro River
  • Stranahan River
    • New River (Broward County)
    • Middle River
  • Oleta River
  • Little River
  • Miami River

Alachua Sink

Water enters Paynes Prairie Basin from a number of sources. Historically it only driained into Alachua Sink. Once underground, the water flows northwest towards the Santa Fe River Basin. In 1927, Camps Canal was built, which linked the basin to the Orange Lake through the River Styx and ultimately to the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Bivens Arm
    • Tumbling Creek
    • Little Tumbling Creek
  • Sweetwater Branch
  • Prairie Creek
    • Newnans Lake
      • Hatchet Creek
      • Lake Forest Creek
      • Little Hatchet Creek
  • Chacala Run
    • Chacala Pond
      • Sawgrass Run
        • Sawgrass Pond
          • Lake Wauburg
            • Georges Pond
              • Burnt Pond
  • Dog Branch

Lake Okeechobee

Lake Okeechobee drains into the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lucie River, the West Palm Beach Canal, the Hillsboro Canal, the North New River Canal, and the Miami Canal, and into the Gulf of Mexico via the Caloosahatchee River. The major input of water into Lake Okeechobee comes from the north, via the Kissimmee River.

  • Fisheating Creek
  • Kissimmee River
    • Istokpoga Creek
    • ends in Lake Hatchineha
      • Dead River
        • Cypress Lake
          • Lake Tohopekaliga
            • Shingle Creek
        • Reedy Creek
          • Bonnet Creek
            • Cypress Creek
          • Whittenhorse Creek
      • Lake Marion Creek
        • Snell Creek
  • Taylor Creek (Okeechobee)

Gulf coast

Apalachicola River in Torreya State Park
Caloosahatchee River
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Blackwater River in Blackwater River State Park
St Marks River at Newport, Florida
St. Marks River

Rivers are listed as they enter the gulf from south to north, then west. Tributaries are listed as they enter their main stem from downstream to upstream.

  • Joe River
  • Shark River
  • Harney River
  • Broad River
  • Rodgers River
  • Lostmans River
  • Chatham River
  • Huston River
  • Lopez River
  • New River in Collier County
  • Turner River
  • Barron River
  • Fakahatchee River
  • Whitney River
  • Big Marco River
  • Henderson Creek
  • Cocohatchee River
  • Imperial River
  • Estero River
  • Caloosahatchee River
    • Billy Creek
    • Orange River
  • Peace River
    • Shell Creek
  • Myakka River
    • Myakkahatchee Creek
  • Manatee River
    • Wares Creek
    • Braden River
      • Cooper Creek
  • Little Manatee River
  • Alafia River - Buckhorn Spring, Lithia Springs
  • Palm River
  • Hillsborough River - Crystal Springs
    • New River in Pasco County
  • Anclote River
  • Pithlachascotee River
  • Weeki Wachee River - Weeki Wachee Springs
  • Chassahowitzka River
  • Homosassa River - Homosassa Springs
  • Crystal River -
  • Withlacoochee River (central Florida) - Madison Blue Springs
  • Waccasassa River
    • Wekiva River (Gulf Hammock, Levy County)
  • Suwannee River - Suwannee Springs, Hart Springs, Ginnie Springs, Fanning Springs, Manatee Springs, Otter Springs, Troy Springs
    • Santa Fe River
      • Ichetucknee River - Ichetucknee Springs
      • New River
    • Withlacoochee River (north Florida)
    • Alapaha River - Alapaha Rise Spring
      • Alapahoochee River
  • Steinhatchee River
  • Fenholloway River
  • Econfina River
  • Aucilla River - Nutall Rise
    • Wacissa River - Wacissa Springs, Aucilla Spring,
  • Pinhook River
  • St. Marks River - St. Marks Spring
  • Ochlockonee River
    • Sopchoppy River
    • Telogia Creek
    • Little River
  • Crooked River
  • Carrabelle River
    • New River
  • Apalachicola River
  • Econfina Creek
  • Choctawhatchee River - Vortex Spring
    • Pea River
  • East Bay River
  • Yellow River
    • Shoal River
  • Blackwater River
  • Escambia River
  • Perdido River


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