Along the Mississippi River
Travel along the Mississippi
About the Mississippi River
The Mississippi is the chief river of the largest drainage system. It is the forth longest (2,520 miles) and the tenth largest in the world. It starts in northern Minnesota and empties in the Gulf of Mexico. The Mississippi River and Valley contain many kinds of animals and plants like freshwater fish, birds, deer, raccoons, otters, and a variety of forest trees. Pollution from the agriculture industry threatens the life of the Mississippi.
There are multiple parks, campgrounds, and museums along the Mississippi River. You can take a trail and hike along the Mississippi and camp-out. In Dubuque, Iowa, you can visit the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. The Aquarium features wildlife found in the Mississippi River. You can visit the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Zoo, or the Audubon Park in New Orleans, Louisiana. If you are in Memphis, Tennessee you could stop by the Mud Island River Park and Mississippi River Museum. The museum shows 10,000 years of history in the Lower Mississippi River Valley. In the park you can go to the Riverwalk which is an exact scale model of the Lower Mississippi River. (30" per mile)