The Mississippi River is the second-longest river and chief river of the second-largest drainage system in North America, second only to the Hudson Bay drainage system. From its traditional source of Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota, it flows generally south for 2,340 miles (3,770 km) to the Mississippi River Delta in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mississippi River, the longest river of North America, draining with its major tributaries an area of approximately 1.2 million square miles (3.1 million square km), or about one-eighth of the entire continent. The Mississippi River lies entirely within the United States.
The Mississippi River is the second longest river in North America measuring a total length of 2320 miles from its traditional source at Lake Itasca. It flows south at a speed of 1.2 miles per hour to the Mississippi River Delta in the Gulf of Mexico and forms the second largest drainage system in North America after the Hudson Bay.
The Mississippi River is the second longest river in North America, flowing 2,350 miles from its source at Lake Itasca through the center of the continental United States to the Gulf of Mexico. The Missouri River, a tributary of the Mississippi River, is about 100 miles longer.
The Mississippi is the second river from the left, with the Missouri River shown flowing into it as well. An 1829 comparative chart of the principal rivers and mountains of the world,...
The Mississippi River is the largest drainage basin in the United States. In the United States, the Mississippi drains about 59% of the country's rivers. From the perspective of natural geography and hydrology, the system consists of the Mississippi River itself and its numerous natural tributaries and distributaries.
The Mississippi’s eastern contributory rivers drain the well-watered Appalachian Mountain system. Most of this group, including the Kentucky, Green, Cumberland, and Tennessee rivers, flows via well-defined valleys into the Ohio and thence into the Mississippi.
The graphics below will provide up-to-date river levels and forecasts for the main stem of the Mississippi River. For a large scale view of the hydrology situation over the Upper Mississippi River Valley region, check out the Hydrology Monitor. For more detailed information, consult our AHPS (Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service) pages.
Encompassing over 1.2 million square miles, the Mississippi River is the third-largest river basin in the world. 1 The Mississippi is only outranked by the Amazon and Congo river basins....
With so many choices, here's a list of the top Mississippi River cruise itineraries you can book in 2022 or 2023. Note that all fares are listed as double occupancy, or based on two people per...