California Central Valley
The California Central Valley
dominates the central portion of the state. Bounded by the Cascade Range
to the north, the Sierra Nevada
to the east, the Tehachapi Mountains to the south, and the Coast Range
and San Francisco Bay
to the west, it is a vast agricultural region. It is watered by several rivers, including the Sacramento River
, the San Joaquin River
, the Feather River, the American River
, the Mokelumne River, the Stanislaus River, the Tuolumne River, the Merced River, the Chowchilla River, the Kings River
, the Kern River, the Los Angeles Aqueduct
, and the Cache River
Major cities include Sacramento, Stockton, Fresno and Bakersfield.
The northern area, north of the Mokelumne River, is called the Sacramento Valley, while the southern area is called the San Joaquin Valley.