US Migration Rivers and Lakes

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Some American settlers moved to their new home on rafts, riverboats, or by boat on the Great Lakes.

  • Mississippi River
  • Ohio River
  • Hudson River
  • Delaware River
  • Missouri River
  • Tennessee River
  • St. Lawrence River


  • Lake Ontario
  • Lake Erie
  • Lake Huron
  • Lake Michigan
  • Lake Superior


Farther west (of the Mississippi River) migrants had to follow trails near rivers in order to water their livestock. For example, the Oregon trail followed the Missouri, North Platte, Sweetwater, Snake and Columbia rivers.