The Lower Mississippi River flows downstream from Cairo, Illinois and the confluence with the Ohio River, for 1600 Kilometers – 1000 miles – to the Gulf of Mexico. It is the most heavily travelled component of this river system. Unlike on the upper rivers, there are no locks and dams on the Lower Mississippi. The river is, however, constrained by levees and dams that control flooding and secure the navigation channel for barge traffic.
Navigation the Corps of Engineers maintains channel depth of 9 feet from St. Louis to Baton Rouge. On the lower Mississippi, from Baton Rouge to the Gulf, the navigation depth is 45 feet, allowing for container ships and cruise ships to dock in New Orleans.
Sightseeing Excursions in ports like Natchez and its classic antebellum homes and plantations. Relive the history of the Civil War in Vicksburg and the National Military Park commemorating the campaign, siege, and defense of this city.
Relax on Your Private Balcony and Take in Spectacular Rolling River Views
Travel with the People that Live and Work in the Places You Visit
on the Lower Mississippi River
Experiential Tourism on the Lower Mississippi River
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