US Lowpoint Guide

“[low baritone] Swing low … [kid’s voice] Happy feet” – okay it doesn’t quite work.

While visiting a state for its highpoint, you might consider visiting other geographic extremities like its lowpoint. The USGS publishes the “Elevations and Distances in the United States” which is nicely summarized in Wikipedia’s “List of U.S. states by elevation“.

Before we get to the table, there is a Pop Quiz (answers at the bottom):
Q1: How many states do not have their lowpoint defined by water (river, lake, ocean)?
Q2: How many states have their lowpoint below sea level?

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[You may re-sort this table by clicking the small arrows found in the column headers.]

State Location Low Elev High Elev Hi-Low Span Hi-Low Distance (miles)
Alaska Pacific Ocean 0 20320 20320 tbd
Alabama Gulf of Mexico 0 2407 2407 266
Arkansas Ouachita River at Louisiana border 55 2753 2698 tbd
Arizona Colorado River at Sonora border 70 12633 12563 tbd
California Badwater Basin in Death Valley -282 14494 14776 135
Colorado Arikaree River at Kansas border 3315 14440 11125 tbd
Connecticut Long Island Sound 0 2380 2380 tbd
Delaware Atlantic Ocean 0 450 450 tbd
Florida Atlantic Ocean 0 345 345 tbd
Georgia Atlantic Ocean 0 4784 4784 tbd
Hawaii Pacific Ocean 0 13796 13796 tbd
Iowa Confluence of Mississippi River and Des Moines River 480 1670 1190 tbd
Idaho Confluence of Snake River and Clearwater River 710 12662 11952 tbd
Illinois Confluence of Mississippi River and Ohio River 279 1235 956 tbd
Indiana Confluence of Ohio River and Wabash River 320 1257 937 tbd
Kansas Verdigris River at Oklahoma border 679 4039 3360 tbd
Kentucky Mississippi River at Kentucky Bend 257 4139 3882 tbd
Louisiana New Orleans -8 535 543 tbd
Massachusetts Atlantic Ocean 0 3487 3487 tbd
Maryland Atlantic Ocean 0 3360 3360 tbd
Maine Atlantic Ocean 0 5276 5276 tbd
Michigan Lake Erie 571 1979 1408 tbd
Minnesota Lake Superior 601 2301 1700 tbd
Missouri Saint Francis River at southern Arkansas border 230 1772 1542 tbd
Mississippi Gulf of Mexico 0 806 806 tbd
Montana Kootenai River at Idaho border 1800 12799 10999 tbd
North Carolina Atlantic Ocean 0 6684 6684 tbd
North Dakota Red River of the North at Manitoba border 750 3506 2756 tbd
Nebraska Missouri River at Kansas border 840 5424 4584 tbd
New Hampshire Atlantic Ocean 0 6288 6288 tbd
New Jersey Atlantic Ocean 0 1803 1803 tbd
New Mexico Red Bluff Reservoir on Texas border 2842 13161 10319 tbd
Nevada Colorado River at California border 479 13140 12661 tbd
New York Atlantic Ocean 0 5344 5344 tbd
Ohio Ohio River at Indiana border 455 1549 1094 tbd
Oklahoma Little River at Arkansas border 289 4973 4684 tbd
Oregon Pacific Ocean 0 11239 11239 tbd
Pennslyvania Delaware River at Delaware border 0 3213 3213 tbd
Rhode Island Atlantic Ocean 0 812 812 tbd
South Carolina Atlantic Ocean 0 3560 3560 tbd
South Dakota Big Stone Lake on Minnesota border 966 7242 6276 tbd
Tennessee Mississippi River at Mississippi border 178 6643 6465 tbd
Texas Gulf of Mexico 0 8749 8749 tbd
Utah Beaverdam Wash at Arizona border 2000 13528 11528 tbd
Virginia Atlantic Ocean 0 5729 5729 tbd
Vermont Lake Champlain 95 4393 4298 tbd
Washington Pacific Ocean 0 14410 14410 tbd
Wisconsin Lake Michigan 579 1951 1372 tbd
West Virginia Potomac River at Virginia border 240 4863 4623 tbd
Wyoming Bell Forche River at South Dakota border 3099 13804 10705 tbd
District of Columbia Potomac River at eastern Maryland border 1 410 409 tbd
American Samoa Pacific Ocean 0 3160 3160 tbd
Guam Pacific Ocean 0 1332 1332 tbd
Puerto Rico Atlantic Ocean 0 4390 4390 tbd
US Virgin Is Atlantic Ocean 0 1556 1556 tbd
Northern Marianas Pacific Ocean 0 3166 3166 tbd

The answers to the Pop Quiz are:
A1: 2.5 – California, Louisiana and seasonally Utah
A2: 2 – California (-282 ft) and Louisiana (-8 ft)