|The Mississippi River|
We have been living here in the Arkansas Delta with the Mississippi not 5 miles away and the awe inspiring length and width has amazed and inspired us to explore its shores, river towns, parks and exhibits. The overflow from Lake Itaska at Itaska State Park in Minnesota is beginning of the Mississippi River which is the major river of North America and the United States at (2,339 miles) (3,765 km) in length. It flows from northwestern Minnesota south to the Gulf of Mexico, just below the city of New Orleans. It is a significant transportation artery and when combined with its major tributaries (the Missouri and Ohio rivers) it becomes the third largest river system in the world at (3,877 miles) (6,236 km) in length.