The Mississippi River begins at its source at Lake Itasca in north central Minnesota. It is North America's third longest river, ranking fourth globally when it joins the Missouri River to form the Mississippi-Missouri River system.Know More
The Mississippi River meanders for 2,350 miles from central United States towards the Gulf of Mexico where it empties. Its length varies according to different surveys, which is attributed to the annual changes in deposition, occurrence of erosion in the area, formation of new courses or blockages of the river's flow.
The National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area both agree at 2,350 miles, while the Itasca State Park has the river's length at 2,552 miles. The Mississippi River spans 20 to 30 feet at Lake Itasca.Learn more about Bodies of Water
The Mississippi River ranges in width from 20 to 30 feet at Lake Itasca to 11 miles at Lake Winnibigoshish, both in Minnesota. The widest navigational section of the river is two miles, at Lake Pepin, also in the "Land of 10,000 Lakes."Full Answer >
The Mississippi River is reported to have different lengths depending on the source consulted. The EPA says it is 2,320 miles long, the United States Geologic Survey says it is 2,300 miles long and the staff of Itasca State Park at the Mississippi's headwaters say it is 2,552 miles long.Full Answer >
The source, or beginning, of a river is typically in a high area, such as a hilly or mountainous region. Several different bodies of water are possible sources for rivers, including springs, lakes and bogs.Full Answer >
The Mississippi River flows south from Northern Minnesota at Lake Itasca to Louisiana into the Gulf of Mexico. Explorer Hernando de Soto is responsible for the discovery of this river in 1541.Full Answer >