WELCOME TO THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Quick Facts: The Mississippi River is the second-longest river and chief river of the second-largest drainage system on the North American continent, second only to the Hudson Bay drainage system. Its source is Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota and it flows generally south for 2,320 miles (3,730 km) to the Mississippi River Delta in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Length: 2,348 mi
Source: Lake Itasca
Mouth: Gulf of Mexico
Basin size: 1,151,000 sq mi (2,980,000 km2)
Did you know: Approximately 460 million tons of freight are transported on the Mississippi River each year.