US Migration Rivers and Lakes

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In the East, some American settlers moved to their new home on rafts, riverboats, or by boat on the Great Lakes.
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  • St. Lawrence River
  • Mississippi River
  • Ohio River
  • Hudson River
  • Tennessee River
  • Missouri River
  • Mohawk River
  • Delaware River
  • Connecticut River
  • Susquehanna River
  • Potomac River
  • Savannah River
  • Chattachoochee-Apalachicola
  • Coosa-Alabama-Mobile
  • Maumee
  • Wabash
  • Illinois


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


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.

  • Red River of the North
  • North Platte River
  • Sweetwater River
  • Snake River
  • Columbia River
  • Arkansas River
  • Red River
  • Sabine River
  • Colorado River (Texas)
  • Rio Grande
  • Green River
  • Colorado River
  • Gila River
  • Sacramento River
  • San Juaquin River