Mississippi River
Facts &

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  • The 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.


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