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USA Lower 48 Drainage Basin High Points

Basins with over 1500 square miles

RankDrainage BasinArea-SqKmPeak Elev-M CountryRange (Level 4)Ascents
1.Great Basin964,518Mount Whitney4419United StatesSequoia Sierra Nevada2407
1.Owens Valley9,299Mount Whitney4419United StatesSequoia Sierra Nevada2407
1.South San Joaquin Basin84,787Mount Whitney4419United StatesSequoia Sierra Nevada2407
4.Mississippi3,237,325Mount Elbert4399United StatesSawatch Range1274
5.Rio Grande553,501Blanca Peak4372United StatesSangre de Cristo Range263
6.Colorado631,255Uncompahgre Peak4361United StatesSan Juan Mountains284
7.Columbia671,560Mount Rainier-Southeast Crater Rim4328United StatesSouth Washington Cascades165
8.Klamath41,039Mount Shasta4317United StatesCalifornia Cascades926
8.Sacramento69,774Mount Shasta4317United StatesCalifornia Cascades926
10.San Joaquin40,892Mount Humphreys4263United StatesCentral Sierra Nevada128
11.Salton Sea21,340San Gorgonio Mountain3505United StatesTransverse Ranges1187
12.Santa Ana4,388San Gorgonio Mountain-Northwest Slope3475United StatesTransverse Ranges104
13.Skagit8,282Mount Baker3286United StatesNorth Cascades1140
14.Wilcox Playa4,327Mount Graham3267United StatesSoutheast Arizona Ranges150
15.Great Divide Basin10,101Ferris Mountain3059United StatesGreat Divide Basin Area8
16.Rogue13,375Mount McLoughlin2894United StatesOregon Cascades262
17.Umpqua12,145Mount Thielsen2799United StatesOregon Cascades266
18.Santa Clara4,211Mount Pinos2692United StatesTransverse Ranges570
19.Santa Maria4,734Sawmill Mountain-West Peak2667United StatesTransverse Ranges71
20.Snohomish4,718Mount Daniel2426United StatesSouth Washington Cascades289
21.Eel9,536Black Butte2270United StatesNorthern California Coast Range127
22.Androscoggin9,135Mount Washington1917United StatesWhite Mountains3673
22.Saco4,399Mount Washington1917United StatesWhite Mountains3673
22.Connecticut29,173Mount Washington1917United StatesWhite Mountains3673
25.Santee39,843Grandfather Mountain1812United StatesSouthern Blue Ridge Front220
26.Salinas12,527Junipero Serra Peak1787United StatesCentral California Coast Ranges190
27.Savannah27,164Standing Indian1676United StatesSouthern Blue Ridge Front168
28.St. Lawrence1,342,160Mount Marcy1629United StatesAdirondack Mountains1720
28.Hudson34,847Mount Marcy1629United StatesAdirondack Mountains1720
30.Penobscot22,238Katahdin1606United StatesLongfellow Mountains1508
31.Merrimack13,011Mount Lafayette1597United StatesWhite Mountains2251
32.Chehalis5,484Capitol Peak1540United StatesOlympic Mountains1
33.Potomac38,065Spruce Knob1482United StatesAllegheny Mountains730
34.Brazos118,387Mississippi-Rio Grande-Brazos Triple Divide1445United StatesSouthern Great Plains3
35.James26,743Little Ridge1386United StatesCentral Appalachian Ridges19
36.Colorado [TX]110,009Colorado Basin High Point1384United StatesSouthern Great Plains1
37.Apalachicola50,897Tray Mountain1350United StatesSouthern Blue Ridge Front177
38.Kennebec15,398Sugarloaf Mountain1292United StatesLongfellow Mountains443
39.Roanoke25,297Apple Orchard Mountain1288United StatesNorthern Blue Ridge145
40.Alabama113,215Big Frog Mountain1280United StatesSouthern Blue Ridge Front54
41.Delaware35,253Slide Mountain1274United StatesCatskill Mountains952
42.Pee Dee46,986Thompkins Knob1244United StatesSouthern Blue Ridge Front42
43.Rappahannock7,026Hawksbill1234United StatesNorthern Blue Ridge315
44.Susquehanna71,223Blue Knob951United StatesAllegheny Mountains81
45.Housatonic5,054Mount Everett795United StatesTaconic Range213
46.Nueces43,359Edwards County High Point736United StatesSouthern Great Plains3
47.Guadalupe26,241Guadalupe Basin High Point733United StatesSouthern Great Plains0
48.Mattaponi6,915Peters Mountain555United StatesNorthern Blue Ridge2
49.Altamaha36,746Stone Mountain512United StatesPiedmont330
50.Trinity46,550Young County High Point464United StatesSouthern Great Plains8
51.Saint Croix4,576Musquash Mountain372United StatesNew England Upland7
52.Cape Fear23,733Cape Fear Basin High Point308United StatesPiedmont8
53.Neuse14,718Roxboro Hill271United StatesPiedmont21
54.Ogeechee11,622Hancock County High Point227United StatesPiedmont4
55.Tar8,182Granville County High Point226United StatesPiedmont12
56.Sabine51,422Hunt County High Point223United StatesSouthern Great Plains10
57.Pearl [MS-LA]22,496Winston County High Point220United StatesSoutheast Coast13
58.Pascagoula21,950Circle Hill213United StatesSoutheast Coast6
59.Edisto6,420Saluda County High Point207United StatesPiedmont8
60.Chowan12,770Nottoway Basin High Point201United StatesPiedmont1
61.Lavaca5,836Gonzales County High Point180United StatesSouthern Great Plains4
62.San Jacinto [TX]10,402Walker County High Point152United StatesSouthern Great Plains9
63.Suwanee25,515Crisp County High Point146United StatesPiedmont6
64.St. John24,102Sugarloaf Mountain94United StatesSoutheast Coast70

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