Origin of the Mississippi River

Friday, April 12, 2013

The source or origin of the Mississippi River is Lake Itasca, a 1.8-square-mile glacial lake in Clear Water county, central Minesota. This lake, in turn, is fed by Nicollet creek, Elk Lake outlet stream, and winter snowfall. Receiving high volume of waters from its big-caliber tributaries, such as the Missouri, Ohio, and Arkansa rivers, the Mississipi meanders southwards more than 2300 miles as it flows into the Gulf of Mexico.