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Sooes River, Makah Bay

The Sooes River, also known as the Tsoo-Yess River, originates in the northwest foothills of the Olympic Mountains and flows for 16 miles (26 km) through private timberlands and the Makah Reservation until it reaches Makah Bay, about 120 miles (194 km) northwest of Seattle and 4 miles (6.5 km) southwest of Neah Bay, Washington.

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing

Elkhorn Slough is an estuary about 7 miles (11 km) long that connects with Monterey Bay at the community of Moss Landing, about 17 miles (27 km) southeast of Santa Cruz and 16 miles (26 km) north-northeast of Monterey, California.

Bird Creek, Turnagain Arm

Bird Creek starts in the Chugach Mountains and flows southwest for 16 miles (26 km) to Turnagain Arm, about 22 miles (35 km) southeast of Anchorage and 12 miles (19 km) west of Girdwood, Alaska.

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Los Angeles River, Long Beach

Los Angeles River, Long Beach

Los Angeles River starts at the confluence of Bell Creek and Arroyo Calabasas that drain from the Simi Hills and Santa Monica Mountains respectively, and flows generally southeast for 30 miles (48 km) through the San Fernando Valley and downtown Los Angeles and then south for 20 miles (32 km) to San Pedro Bay at Long Beach, California.

Dala-Kildala Rivers Estuaries Provincial Park, Kildala Arm

Dala-Kildala Rivers Estuaries Provincial Park, Kildala Arm

Dala-Kildala Rivers Estuaries Park is located at the head of Kildala Arm, a fjord that extends generally southeast for 10 miles (16 km) from Douglas Channel, about 81 miles (130 km) southeast of Prince Rupert, and 13 miles (21 km) south-southeast of Kitamaat, British Columbia.

Ark Island, Aniakchak River

Ark Island, Aniakchak River

Ark Island is situated at the mouth of the Aniakchak River on the north shore of Aniakchak Bay and on the southeastern coast of the Alaska Peninsula, about 205 miles (330 km) southwest of Kodiak and 47 miles (75 km) northeast of Chignik, Alaska.

Hoquiam River, Grays Harbor

Hoquiam River, Grays Harbor

Hoquiam River drains a watershed of 62,720 acres (25,382 ha) with three principal tributaries that merge into a single channel that trends generally south for 2.5 miles (4 km) to the confluence with the Chehalis River at the head of Grays Harbor between the communities of Hoquiam to the west and Aberdeen to the east, about 47 miles (76 km) west of Olympia and 12 miles (19 km) northeast of Westport, Washington.

McNeil Canyon, Kachemak Bay

McNeil Canyon, Kachemak Bay

McNeil Canyon is on the Kenai Peninsula and the northern shore of Kachemak Bay and trends south for about 2 miles (3.2 km) following the lower course of McNeil Creek, about 57 miles (92 km) south of Kenai and 12 miles (19 km) northeast of Homer, Alaska.

Kowesas River, Chief Mathews Bay

Kowesas River, Chief Mathews Bay

Kowesas River flows generally north for 22 miles (35 km) draining a watershed of 101,807 acres (41,200 ha) in the Coast Mountains to the head of Chief Mathews Bay, sometimes spelled Chief Matthews Bay, on the southwest shore of Whidbey Reach at Courageux Point in Gardner Canal, about 112 miles (180 km) southeast of Prince Rupert and 17 miles (27 km) south-southwest of Kemano, British Columbia.

Tijuana River Estuary, Imperial Beach

Tijuana River Estuary, Imperial Beach

Tijuana River drains a watershed of 1.1 million acres (450,000 ha) starting from the Sierra de Juárez of northern Baja California and flowing generally west-northwest for 120 miles (195 km) to the Pacific Ocean at the southern city limits of Imperial Beach, about 11 miles (18 km) south of San Diego and 5 miles (8 km) northwest of Tijuana, Mexico.

Baird Glacier, Thomas Bay

Baird Glacier, Thomas Bay

Baird Glacier starts in the Stikine Icefield in the Boundary Ranges of the Coast Mountains near the Alaska-British Columbia border, and flows generally southwest for 24 miles (39 km) to its terminus at an outwash plain 2 miles (3.2 km) north of the head of Thomas Bay, about 100 miles (162 km) southeast of Juneau and 22 miles (35 km) north-northeast of Petersburg, Alaska.

Umpqua River, Winchester Bay

Umpqua River, Winchester Bay

Umpqua River flows generally west-northwest for 111 miles (179 km), draining a watershed of 2.4 million acres (1 million ha), from the Cascade Mountains through the Coast Range to Winchester Bay in the Oregon Dunes, about 20 miles (32 km) north of Coos Bay and 5.5 miles (9 km) southwest of Reedsport, Oregon.

Triumph Bay, Gardner Canal

Triumph Bay, Gardner Canal

Triumph Bay is a long narrow embayment located on the south side of Alan Reach in Gardner Canal, British Columbia.

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