Sacramento River facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Sacramento River
Sacramento River.JPG
Sacramento River from the old pumping station in Sacramento, California
Sacramento River basin map.png
Map of the Sacramento River watershed
Native name Spanish: Río Sacramento
Other name(s) Rio del Santísimo Sacramento
Country United States
State California
Cities Mount Shasta, Dunsmuir, Redding, Anderson, Red Bluff, Princeton, Colusa, Davis, Sacramento, West Sacramento, Isleton, Rio Vista, Antioch
Physical characteristics
Main source Confluence of Middle and South Forks
Near Mount Shasta, Siskiyou County
3,674 ft (1,120 m)
River mouth Suisun Bay
Contra Costa-Solano county line
0 ft (0 m)
Length 400 mi (640 km), North-south
Discharge
  • Location:
    near Sacramento, CA
  • Minimum rate:
    3,970 cu ft/s (112 m3/s)
  • Average rate:
    28,139 cu ft/s (796.8 m3/s)
  • Maximum rate:
    489,000 cu ft/s (13,800 m3/s)
Basin features
Basin size 26,500 sq mi (69,000 km2)
Tributaries
  • Left:
    Pit River, Deer Creek, Butte Creek, Feather River, American River
  • Right:
    Clear Creek, Cottonwood Creek, Stony Creek, Cache Creek, Putah Creek
Nicknames Sac River, Nile of the West

The Sacramento River is a river in California in the United States. It flows through the Sacramento Valley in northern California, and is about 445 miles (716 km) long. The Sacramento has many tributaries, including the Pit, Feather and American Rivers. Cities along the river include Redding and Sacramento.

Native people have inhabited the region for about 12,000 years. The Sacramento River's tributaries were the focus of the California Gold Rush, which brought many settlers to the area in the 1800s. Today, the river is used as a source of irrigation water and to produce hydroelectricity.

Tributaries

Related pages

Images for kids


Sacramento River Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.