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The largest rivers in the U.S. as of 2005, by length

This statistic shows the length of the largest rivers in the U.S. in 2005. The Missouri river covers a length of 2,540 miles and is therefore the largest river in the U.S.

The largest rivers in the U.S. as of 2005, by length

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Source

Release date

September 2011

Region

United States

Survey time period

September 2005

Supplementary notes

* In east-central Louisiana, the Red River flows into the Atchafalaya River, a distributary of the Mississippi River. Data on average discharge, length, and drainage area include the Red River, but exclude all water diverted into the Atchafalaya from the Mississippi River.
** From source to mouth.
*** The length from the source of the Missouri River to the Mississippi River and thence to the Gulf of Mexico is about 3,710 miles.

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