Map of the
Mississippi River

The Mississippi River Source 
in Minnesota

A 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.

Minnesotans love the scenic and recreational opportunities afforded by the Mississippi River and we have gathered many more

The Mississippi River in Maps & Views: From Lake Itasca to The Gulf of Mexico includes more than eighty glorious full-color maps dating from as early as 1544. This celebration of "Ol' Man River," features the 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

Basic Mississippi River facts introduce us to the Mississippi River source and headwaters of 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.

Central USA & Mississippi River Regional Travel Map will guide you on a trek across the Midwest following routes that will keep you near the great river.

Louis Hennepin, the Franciscan: first explorer of the upper Mississippi River is offered by the Minnesota Historical Society.



Travel The Great River Road

Road Trip USA Great River Road

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.


Related Pages:

Itasca State Park

Mississippi River Boat Cruises

Mississippi River Source

Minnesota Water Trails

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