Head of Passes
29°09′25″N 89°15′14″W / 29.157°N 89.254°W
The Head of Passes is considered to be the location of the mouth of the Mississippi River.
The US Army Corps of Engineers maintains a 45-foot shipping channel from the mouth of Southwest Pass—20 miles downriver from the Head—up to Baton Rouge, the US's farthest inland deep-water port.
The Mouth of Passes is the aggregate of the individual mouths of the passes connected to the Head of Passes, including the Southwest, South, North Passes and Pass a Loutre. While the majority of the discharge of the Mississippi River flows through these mouths, a portion of the river flows out of the Atchafalaya River mouth, and a small portion continues to seep out of the 200 miles of the Delta shoreline.
During the American Civil War, Head of Passes was the site of several naval battles.
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