As the longest river in America, the Legendary Mississippi River travels 2340 miles
emptying into the Gulf of Mexico. The Mississippi River begins at Lake Itasca, Minnesota
where it is only 12 feet wide and 1.5 feet deep. The Mississippi widens over its
length up to 5000 feet and deepens to 12 feet. The Mississippi carries huge amounts
of sediment which has created deltas over the years. Dams and levees work constantly
to protect cities and towns from flooding. The river is continously dredged to allow
for the continuation of the barge shipping lanes headed north and south.
The Legendary Mississippi River - Central U.S.
America’s rivers play a critical role in commerce, tourism, recreation and they are
the primary source of clean water for most Americans. Taking care of rivers is everyone's
business – not only keeping trash and other pollution out of the river, but helping
to manage how much is taken out and how the rivers are being used. Our Top 10 List
of rivers considers all the roles they play for us as Americans and reminds us to
make an effort to visit and care for them.
The St. Johns River is the longest river in the Florida and its most significant
for commercial and recreational use. Its 310 mile length winds through or borders
twelve counties, three of which are the state's largest. The drop in elevation from
the headwaters to the mouth is less than 30 feet- like most Florida waterways, the
St. Johns has a very slow flow rate at a third of a mile an hour and is often described
as "lazy". It is one of a small number of rivers in the United States to run south
to north. Numerous lakes are formed by the river or flow into it, but as a river
its widest point is nearly 3 miles across.
St. John’s River - Florida
The Penobscot River is a 109-mile-long river in the state of Maine. Including the
river's West Branch and South Branch increases the Penobscot's length to 264 miles
making it the second longest river system in Maine and the longest entirely in the
state. Angling, especially fly fishing, has always been popular on the river. Over
the course of the last 20 years the Penobscot watershed is becoming more and more
associated with recreational use (fishing, hunting, boating, white water rafting
and tourism) and less with manufacturing. This river is a true gem in the Northeastern
Penobscot River - Maine
The Ohio River starts in the middle of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where the Allegheny
and Monongahela Rivers come together. Here, the Ohio River is surrounded by city's
skyscrapers. The Ohio River joins the Mississippi river in Illinois and is lined
with steep bluffs along its 981 miles length. The river’s upper valley is home to
many industries including home appliances, ceramics and soap. Dams and locks allow
you to navigate the entire length of the Ohio and enjoy cities like Cincinnati, Louisville,
Pittsburgh and more.
Ohio River - East Central U.S.
The Colorado River is the longest river west of the Rocky Mountains. The Colorado
River has created some of the world’s most spectacular scenery through erosion over
the past 6 million years. Along its 1400 miles over 50 rivers contribute to its
flow but much of the water never reaches the end due to its usage in city municipal
water supplies and irrigation. The dams along the Colorado provide power to Arizona,
Nevada and Arizona. The Colorado would be a cherish part of any trip.
Colorado River - Southwestern U.S.
The Rio Grande River starts at an elevation over 12,000 feet in the mountains of
southwestern Colorado and ultimately falls thousands of feet vertically before it
forms the border between the state of Texas and Mexico. The river has cut many deep
canyons through the flat lands of New Mexico, each of which enhances the scenery.
The Rio Grande is the 3rd longest river in America and provides for substantial
electricity, farm irrigation, public water supply and entertainment along its way.
Rio Grande River - Southwestern U.S.
The Snake River originates in Yellowstone National Park. From there - it twists
and turns its way through Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon and Washington State and ends as
it empties into the Columbia River. As the 9th longest river in America - it flows
for 1040 miles. In southern Idaho, the Snake River has cut a deep valley in the
earth forming steep canyons and many rapids and waterfalls. The Snake River is a
very popular destination for anglers and recreation.
Snake River - Northwestern U.S.
The Yukon River is a major waterway in northwestern North America.The lower half
of the river lies in the U.S. state of Alaska. The river is approximately 1,980 miles
long through very rugger terrain and empties into the Bering Sea. Relatively few
people live along the Yukon today but the land surrounding the river is rich in wildlife.
Grizzly bears, wolverines, lynx, marten, mink, and herds of reindeer live there.
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Yukon River - Alaska
The Hudson River is 315 miles in length and flows from north to south through eastern
New York State in the United States. The river begins at Henderson Lake in Newcomb,
New York. The river flows southward past the state capital at Albany and then eventually
forms the boundary between New York City and the U.S. state of New Jersey at its
mouth before emptying into Upper New York Bay. The Hudson is crossed at numerous
points by bridges, tunnels, and ferries. The natural beauty of the Hudson Valley
earned the Hudson River the nickname "America's Rhine". An amazing river!
The Hudson River - New York
The waters of the Pigeon River start to flow from the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains
in Haywood County North Carolina. A series of beautiful cascading waterfalls carries
the waters into Tennessee through the Smokey Mountains. Recreational rafting is
popular in two sections of the river, the Upper and the Lower and features Class
III-IV whitewater rapids. The Lower section features gentle waves and beautiful scenery.
In North Carolina, the Pigeon River is a fly fisherman’s dream. Enjoy!
Pigeon River - North Carolina, Tennessee
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