U.S. STATES WHERE ALL OF THE RIVERS AND STREAMS SHARE ONLY
ONE OUTLET TO THE OCEAN
Most states have multiple hydrological outlets to the ocean (for
example, New York has outlets to the ocean via the St. Lawrence
River, the Hudson River, the Mississippi River (for a small part
of southwestern New York), a couple of small rivers and streams
that flow mostly through Connecticut and numerous streams on
Long Island). In contrast, several states in the central United
States and the Ohio/Tennessee Valley region have all of their
rivers and streams draining towards the Mississippi Delta. Also,
Idaho has all of its rivers and streams draining towards the
Columbia River, except for a small part of southeastern Idaho
which is a part of the internally-drained (no outlet to the ocean)
Great Basin (so it'll technically count here).
Two states almost appear on this list: Michigan and Tennessee.
In Michigan, in the upper peninsula,
a few square miles of land drain into Lac Vieux Desert (a lake
that straddles the Wisconsin-Michigan border), and that drains into
the Wisconsin River which drains into the Mississippi River which
dumps into the Gulf of Mexico through its large delta. The rest of
the state (like all of the Great Lakes) drains towards the St.
Lawrence River. In Tennessee, all of the states drains towards the
Mississippi River except a few square miles near the Georgia border
which contain the Conasauga River, which via the Coosa, Alabama
and Mobile Rivers (or the Tensaw River split) drains into the
Gulf of Mexico at Mobile Bay.
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