Embrace America's Rivers

River Maps

Following are some helpful river maps. There is a difference between river maps and river charts. Maps show a large area without specific details about a river. Maps are good for reference but charts provide much more information that is needed when traveling rivers.  River Guidebooks provide the most helpful information for those wanting to travel the river, since they provide detailed charts along with full descriptions of services and interesting places of the entire river.

Wabash River Map

The Wabash River is a scenic and for the most part natural river. It is the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi River. The huge basin or watershed accounts for it being the largest northern tributary to the Ohio River. 

Shown is a map of the river with towns and tributaries. Also shown is the river basin. 

The Wabash River begins near Fort Recovery, Ohio and ends at Posey County, Indiana where it flows into the Ohio River.

The Wabash becomes the border between Indiana and Illinois south of Terre Haute, which is the largest city on the Wabash River.

The Wabash is nearly 500 miles long, with the lower 411 miles being free-flowing (no dams).

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The Wabash River Guidebook has detailed charts and descriptions of the entire river from the beginning to end. 

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Click here to see more info about the Wabash.
READ ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE TRAVELED THE WABASH RIVER CLICK HERE

White River Map

The river map shows both east and west forks of the river, along with towns along the river. 

The White River is the longest Indiana river entirely within it's borders. The White River ends at Mt. Carmel Illinois where is flows into the Wabash River. 


The combined
length of the two forks and main stem is 483 miles.

The White River is part of the Wabash River Basin. The River basin is shown below.



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For more information about the White river, go to White River.

Click on the book to see details about the Indiana White River Guidebook.

Read a journal of James Tibbet and his trip on the White River

Ohio River Map

This Ohio River map begins in Pittsburgh, PA (where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet) and ends at Cairo IL. T, where in flows into the Mississippi River. The Ohio River is 981 Miles long and has 19 locks and dams. 

There are many large tributaries that give the Ohio River its size. The largest northern tributary is the Wabash River. 

Note that on the map that north is set to make this illustration fit better on this page. 

The Ohio River drain basin is also shown in the lighter shaded area. Many rivers flow north into the Ohio River basin (watershed).

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Click book to see details about the Ohio River Guidebook


READ ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE TRAVELED THE OHIO RIVER. CLICK HERE

For more information about the Ohio River, go to OHIO RIVER

Illinois Waterway Map

The Illinois Waterway is a combination of several rivers and canals that connect Lake Michigan to the Mississippi river. This waterway is important for commercial shipping and for those cruising the "Great Loop" or from Chicago to Mobile.  The Illinois River basin is shown in shaded area.  Click map for larger image



For more information click Illinois Waterways.

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THE ILLINOIS WATERWAY


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Tennessee River Map

The Tennessee River is 652 miles long and has several lakes in its path, formed by dams with locks. It begins at Knoxville where the Holston River and French Broad River converge. The Tennessee ends at the confluence with the Ohio River.  Click map for larger image
Click on the book  to see information about the Tennessee River Guidebook.

Tennessee River Basin

For more information, visit Tennessee River

 

READ RIVER JOURNALS THAT INCLUDE THE TENNESSEE RIVER

Cumberland River Map

The Cumberland is an extremely winding and beautiful River that begins in Kentucky, then travels across a section of Tennessee, then back into Kentucky where it ends at the Ohio River. Lake Cumberland is part of the Cumberland River. This huge lake is a popular attraction for boating and tourism. Click on the Lake Cumberland map below for a larger view. Click Cumberland River for more information about the entire river. Shown below is the Cumberland River basin.                        Click map for larger image




READ RIVER JOURNALS THAT INCLUDE THE CUMBERLAND RIVER AT "
RIVER TRIPS"


Click on the book to see information about the Cumberland River Guidebook

Mississippi River




The vast Mississippi River basin takes the rivers within the areas shown to the Gulf of Mexico. Every waterway, including the smallest creeks within the basin or watershed are connected and seeking the ocean. 




These maps show the Mississippi River from St. Paul, MN to New Orleans, LA in three sections. The numbers at locations are the river mile marker. 

The Upper Mississippi River and Lower Mississippi River have separate mile markers. The mile markers go from downriver to upriver. The dividing line between the Upper Mississippi and the Lower Mississippi is at Cairo, Illinois, at the confluence of the Ohio River.


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Click on the book to see information about the Mississippi River book

The Mississippi River ends in a delta that has three passes to the Gulf of Mexico. The satellite image below shows what is called Birdfoot Delta. The lower left hand pass is the navigable way to the sea. It is call the southwest pass.



READ RIVER TRIP REPORTS THAT INCLUDE THE MISSISSIPPI

        Historic Mississippi River Poster


Quality printed with matt finish, this 12"x18" poster is ready to frame. Includes the river and major tributaries. Historic information about the Mississippi River is featured along side the map in large 16pt font. For the highest quality this poster is printed on modern paper but with parchment looking background. Shipped in mailing tube for safe transport.


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The Great Loop

The dark lines show the various routes of America's Great Loop. It clearly shows how the waterways connect to allow people to make a trip around the eastern part of the country. One could begin a trip from any point along the loop and end up back where the trip began without traveling on the same waters. An important leg of the Great Loop is the Illinois Waterway that connects the Mississippi River to the Great Lakes.
We have a collection of 229 historic river cities illustrations. These are not exactly maps but serve a similar purpose by showing a birds eye view of river cities in the late 1800s.  

Click image to see collection and instructions on how to get free high resolution downloads of the images.