Map of Mississippi River | Mississippi River Map

The Mississippi River, a symbol of American history and an iconic waterway holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many. Stretching over 2,300 miles from its headwaters in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River weaves through diverse landscapes and has played a vital role in shaping the nation’s development.

The Mississippi River is the longest river in the United States and the second-longest river in North America. It flows 2,340 miles from Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. The Mississippi River basin covers 40% of the continental United States and is home to over 25 million people.

US Map With Mississippi River

The Mississippi River has been a vital transportation route for centuries. Native Americans used the river to travel and trade, and European explorers soon followed. In the 19th century, the river became a major shipping route for goods and people. Today, the Mississippi River is still an important transportation corridor, and is also a major source of hydroelectric power.

List of Longest Rivers in the United States

1Missouri RiverMississippi River2,341 mi
3,768 km
69,100 ft3/s
1,956 m3/s
2Mississippi RiverGulf of Mexico2,202 mi
3,544 km
650,000 ft3/s
18,400 m3/s
3Yukon RiverBering Sea1,979 mi
3,185 km
224,000 ft3/s
6,340 m3/s
4Rio GrandeGulf of Mexico1,759 mi
2,830 km
1,300 ft3/s
37 m3/s
5Colorado RiverGulf of California1,450 mi
2,330 km
1,400 ft3/s

Here are some interesting facts about the Mississippi River:

Rivers that flow into the Mississippi River?

The major tributaries are Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, and the Red rivers. Given their flow volumes, major Ohio River tributaries like the Allegheny, Tennessee, and Wabash rivers are considered important tributaries to the Mississippi system.

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