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Waterways of the United States
The inland waterways of the United States include over 25,000 miles (40000 km) of navigable waters.
Almost all of the navigable rivers and canals in the United States are in the eastern half of the country.
The Columbia/Snake, Sacramento, and San Joaquin Rivers are the only major navigable rivers on the West Coast. The steep grades and variable flows of most other West Coast rivers make them unsuitable for navigation. Also, most large rivers there are dammed, often in multiple places, to supply water for hydroelectricity production and other uses. A shortage of water and mountainous terrain in the West make canals unfeasible as well.
In the Pacific Northwest, the Columbia-Snake River System allows navigation 465 miles (750 km) inland to Lewiston, Idaho.
Call Bob Taylor at 540.242.4885 or 800.671.7806 to plan your
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Last updated 20 May 2013
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