Mississippi river facts, stories, songs, and recreational opportunities abound here in the state that is the source of the mighty Mississippi River.
You can experience the Mississippi River in Minnesota in some of the same ways as did Mark Twain and Henry David Thoreau when they explored the river by steamboat.
"The Mississippi, the Ganges, and the Nile,... the Rocky Mountains, the Himalaya, and Mountains of the Moon, have a kind of personal importance in the annals of the world." ~ Henry David Thoreau
At its headwaters, the Mississippi River is less than 3 feet deep.
At the Mississippi river's deepest section, between Governor Nicholls Wharf and Algiers Point in New Orleans, it is 200 feet deep!
A Minnesota tradition is to walk across the Mississippi river on the stone path at the headwaters.
In one spot, in our neighboring state of Wisconsin, the Mississippi River is almost 4 miles wide. This is at Lake Onalaska, near LaCrosse, where Mississippi River water is held behind Lock and Dam #7 and the damming of the Black River forms this broad span of the Mississippi River.
The history of Minnesota is deeply intertwined with the legends and lore of the Mississippi River.
Your Great River Road Trip in Minnesota begins at the Mississippi River Headwaters.
If you want a map of Mississippi River areas there are many available including beautiful, historic, Mississippi River maps suitable for framing.Explore the Mississippi River: Road Trip USA Great River Road
Here are just a few:
Opportunities to enjoy the wonderful resources of the Mississippi River abound in Minnesota.
As well as visiting the Mississippi Headwaters in Itasca State Park you can visit the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.
In 1988, seventy-two miles of the Mississippi River, from the cities of Dayton and Ramsey (north of the Twin Cities) to near Hastings (south of the Twin Cities) were designated as a place to explore the river. The Mississippi River is just one of Minnesota's Water Trails that offer thousands of miles of canoe and kayak routes through the state.
See the Mississippi River up close on Mississippi River Boat Cruises that depart from Saint Paul, Minneapolis and several other locations in Minnesota.
The Mississippi River Museum located at the Science Museum of Minnesota encourages visitors to think about how their actions impact the river. Learn some Mississippi River facts about the influence the river has on our lives, and the river ecosystem that is complex and ever-changing. Learn more about the Mississippi River Gallery with this fact sheet.
While you are at the Science Museum, you will find the Mississippi River Visitor Center located directly across the Science Museum lobby. The Center invites visitors to explore Mississippi River resources that may be close as their own backyard.
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