Map of Mississippi River
From the Mississippi River Headwaters
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The map of Mississippi River Minnesota water trails 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. Minnesotans love the scenic and recreational opportunities afforded by the Mississippi River and we have gathered many more Mississippi River facts for anyone who shares our love of this mighty river.
The Mississippi River source and headwaters is at Lake Itasca in Itasca State Park.
The Mississippi River is joined by the Minnesota River at Fort Snelling, by the St. Croix River near Hastings, by the Chippewa River at Wabasha, and by many smaller streams. 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 Mississippi River in Maps & Views: From Lake Itasca to The Gulf of Mexico: more than eighty glorious full-color maps dating from as early as 1544 celebrate "Ol’ Man River," this profound artery at the heart of America, and the extraordinary cities that grew up on its shores, including New Orleans, Memphis, St. Louis, and Minneapolis–St. Paul.
“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
These beautifully drawn maps document Fernando de Soto’s explorations and "discovery" of the river, as well as those of the Marquett and Joliet Expeditions. Other maps present key moments along the Mississippi in times of war (The French and Indian War, The War of 1812, The Civil War). This is a gorgeous map of Mississippi River bird’s-eye view that celebrates the river’s beauty and its environment. A consideration of this comprehensive selection of the most beautiful Mississippi River maps will give new insight to the complex, sometimes nostalgic, sometimes practical, relationship of this country to its most storied river.
Map of Mississippi River from the Minnesota DNR:
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.
French Missionary Louis Hennepin's Map of the Mississippi River Valley and Other Areas, c.1697 Giclee Poster Print, 9x12 is a limited edition fine art giclee print, which uses a specialized printer to deliver a fine stream of ink onto archival paper.
It results in museum-quality art of incredibly vivid color, depth and resolution that captures the essence of the artist's intent.
This historic map of Mississippi River geography would make a wonderful gift for a history enthusiast.
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