Facts & Links
FACTS AND FIGURES
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River Trivia, click here!
Mississippi River flows over 2,350 miles, from Lake Itasca, Minnesota,
to the Gulf of Mexico.
- 40% of North America's ducks,
geese, swan and wading bird species rely on the Mississippi River as
a migration corridor.
- 241 fish species inhabit
the Mississippi River and its tributaries.
- The Mississippi River serves
as a shared border for 10 states.
- The river and its tributaries
supply drinking water for more than 18 million people in central U.S.
- There are 29 locks and dams
on the Upper Mississippi.
- The Upper Mississippi has
over 600 water-orientated recreation sites.
- Annual revenue from recreational
uses on the river exceeds $1.2 billion in the Upper Mississippi River
alone; sport fishing and waterfowl hunting generate revenues of $100
million and $58 million respectively.
- Dam 15 in the Quad Cities
is the largest roller dam in the world.
- One of the few sections
of the Mississippi that actually flows east and west is located in the
Quad Cities area. Mark Twain called it the Land of the Sunsets.
RIVER INTERNET LINKS
For more links and resources,
to the River Days:
The Upper Mississippi Recreation Guide