List of rivers of Alaska

This is a List of rivers in Alaska, which are at least fifth-order according to the Strahler method of stream classification,[1] and an incomplete list of otherwise-notable rivers and streams. Alaska has more than 12,000 rivers, and thousands more streams and creeks.[2] According to United States Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System, Alaska has about 9,728 officially named rivers, creeks, and streams.[A] The length of the river is given if it is available from the United States Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

The Twentymile River near the Seward Highway, January 2015

By drainage basinEdit

This list is arranged by drainage basin, with respective tributaries ordered from mouth to source, and indented under their downstream parent's name.

Arctic OceanEdit

Bering StraitEdit

Yukon River BasinEdit

Bering SeaEdit

The Tangle Lakes in the Alaska Range sit on the divide between the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska watersheds, and are the source of the Delta River

Gulf of AlaskaEdit

The Denali Highway crosses the upper Susitna river

Southeast AlaskaEdit


The Kasilof River in autumn
Matanuska Glacier in the Chugach Mountains is the source of the Matanuska river
Buried crossing of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline on the Tanana River

See alsoEdit


^ A: Notes:

USGS GNIS named streams by Borough or Census Area:[3]

Census Area
58 Aleutians East
139 Aleutians West (CA)
70 Anchorage
469 Bethel (CA)
10 Bristol Bay
275 Denali
189 Dillingham (CA)
367 Fairbanks North Star
38 Haines
103 Hoonah–Angoon (CA)
113 Juneau
398 Kenai Peninsula
101 Ketchikan Gateway
114 Kodiak Island
181 Kusilvak (CA)
267 Lake and Peninsula
607 Matanuska-Susitna
1389 Nome (CA)
653 North Slope
512 Northwest Arctic
56 Petersburg (CA)
139 Prince of Wales–Hyder (CA)
44 Sitka
15 Skagway
590 Southeast Fairbanks (CA)
679 Valdez–Cordova (CA)[needs update]
56 Wrangell
52 Yakutat
1953 Yukon–Koyukuk (CA)
9637 TOTAL


  1. ^ Hydrologic Unit Map - State of Alaska (Map). Alaska: United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. 1987.
  2. ^ "Alaska Hydrologic Survey". Division of Mining, Land and Water; Alaska Department of Natural Resources.
  3. ^ "Named rivers of Alaska". United States Board on Geographic Names, United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.

General referencesEdit