What Are the Major Bodies of Water in California?

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The major bodies of water in California include Lake Tahoe, the Gulf of California, the Sacramento River, the San Joaquin River, Salton Sea, Clear Lake and Lake Shasta. The Gulf of California, also called the Sea of Cortez or the Vermillion Sea, is a narrow sea that separates the Baja California Peninsula from mainland Mexico. It is considered one of the most diverse seas in the world.