Several important rivers flow through the state of Mississippi.
The Mississippi River forms the western border of Mississippi. Facts about the Mississippi River in Mississippi:
- It flows over 2,300 miles from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico.
- The river passes through cities like Vicksburg, Natchez, and Greenville, Mississippi.
- Its delta provides vital ecosystem habitats in southern Mississippi.
- The river supported cotton trade and steamboat transport in early Mississippi.
The Pearl River is located in central Mississippi, flowing southwest from the state. Details about the Pearl River:
- It forms part of the boundary between Mississippi and Louisiana.
- The river passes through Jackson, Mississippi, the state capital.
- Its mouth merges with Lake Borgne near the Gulf of Mexico.
- The Pearl River supports aquatic species like alligator gar, paddlefish and blue catfish.
The Tombigbee River flows south through northeastern Mississippi from Tennessee. Facts about the Tombigbee River:
- It joins with the Alabama River near Demopolis, Alabama to form the Mobile River.
- The river flows through Columbus and Aberdeen, Mississippi.
- It was an important trade and transportation route for Native American tribes.
Notable Lakes in Mississippi
Some of Mississippi's largest lakes include:
- Ross Barnett Reservoir - Provides water supply and recreation near Jackson.
- Lake Ferguson - Located in the Mississippi Delta region.
- Grenada Lake - A flood control reservoir in northern Mississippi.
- Sardis Lake - Built and managed by the Army Corps of Engineers in north Mississippi.
Mississippi's rivers and lakes have shaped its history and culture while supporting vital ecosystems, agriculture, and transportation.