Facts About the Mississippi River

Spanning ten states from north to south, the Mississippi River is an enchanting natural wonder. Located an hour or so drive from the resort-style amenities of Jellystone Park™ Pelahatchie, the Mississippi River is a national treasure our beautiful state is named after! Considered a great American waterway, it’s been an important resource for transportation, commerce, and ecology.

It’s also a really fun place to learn about and explore. Book your Jellystone Park™ Pelahatchie stay and let’s explore the Mississippi River.

5 Fun Facts about the Mississippi River

“A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Here are 5 fun facts about the mighty Mississippi!

1. It’s the 2nd longest river in the US

Off by only a hundred feet, the Mississippi River is the second longest river in the United States and the 4th longest in the world.

2. It spans 10 states

From north to south the mighty river spans Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, and of course… Mississippi!

3. It’s rich with wildlife

The Mississippi River is a great place to explore the wildlife located around Jellystone Park™ Pelahatchie. With 360 species of fish, 326 species of birds, and 190 different amphibians and mammals, it’s packed with life to learn about and appreciate.

4. Its basin is huge!

Draining more than 40% of the continental U.S. means most of the rain and snow that falls within some 31 states and two Canadian provinces funnels its way to the Mississippi.

5. It’s all in the name

The name Mississippi originates from the indigenous Ojibwe name for “great river,” Misi-Ziibi. Interpreted by the French, it slowly became known as the Mississippi.

The Mississippi River is a flowing gem of beauty, resource, and expansion. Known as a great American waterway, it’s packed with wildlife and exploration. Celebrate the awesomeness of this iconic river system with a resort-style stay at Jellystone Park™ Pelahatchie. Spend your day fishing on the mighty river and your evenings soaking in the onsite amenities and cozy accommodations.

Book your mighty Mississippi River vacation today at Jellystone Park™ Pelahatchie

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