A map of Mississippi River routes will be your guide to some of the most delightful travel in Minnesota. Any complete map of the Mississippi River begins at the Mississippi River source in Lake Itasca.
The Mississippi River is the largest river system in North America. About 2,320 miles long, the Mississippi River is born at Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota. The Mississippi flows south and ultimately into the Gulf of Mexico.
The Mississippi River is the fourth longest river in the world and the tenth most powerful. With its major tributary, the Missouri River, the Mississippi drains all, or parts of, 31 US states from the Rocky Mountains in the west to the Appalachian Mountains in the east to the Canada–US border on the north. The map of Mississippi River trails below is a comprehensive resource for travel along the mighty river.
"A consideration of the Mississippi and its history gives insight into the complex–sometimes nostalgic, sometimes practical–relationship of this country to its most storied river." ~Minnesota Outdoor News
Minnesotans love the scenic and recreational opportunities afforded by the Mississippi River and other Minnesota water trails.
The Red River, in the bed of glacial Lake Agassiz, drains the northwest part of the state northward toward Canada's Hudson Bay.
Approximately 10.6 million acres (42,900 km²) of wetlands are contained within Minnesota's borders, the most of any state except Alaska.
Mississippi river boat cruises are popular ways to enjoy this spectacular natural resource.
The Department of Natural Resources offers a series of maps of Mississippi River trails that track the great river from the Mississippi River source at Lake Itasca to the Iowa border.
These Mississippi River Maps are in PDF format.
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Itasca State Park is located in the Heartland region of Minnesota near Bemidji and Park Rapids.