Width. At Lake Itasca, the river is between 20 and 30 feet wide, the narrowest stretch for its entire length. The widest part of the Mississippi can be found at Lake Winnibigoshish near Bena, MN, where it is wider than 11 miles.
So, is the Mississippi River the longest river in the world?
When measured from its longest stream source (most distant source from the sea), Brower's Spring in Montana, the source of the Missouri River, it has a length of 3,710 miles (5,970 km), making it the fourth longest river in the world after the Nile, Amazon, and Yangtze.
Secondly, how many states does the Mississippi River touch?
Where does the Mississippi River start and end map?
The maps above show how the Mississippi follows begins in Minnesota, then continues almost directly south meeting the states of: Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and finally slices through Louisiana, and emptying into the Gulf of Mexico.
How dangerous is the Mississippi River?
It's extremely dangerous to swim in the Mississippi River. The river is huge and the currents are strong, even right at water's edge (whether or not you're a great swimmer is irrelevant).