Besides the having such a great name the Mississippi has a interesting history. Here is the Mississippi Post!
Noodling is a southern US practice of fishing for catfish using only bare hands. Also Know as catfisting, grabbling, graveling, hogging, dogging, gurgling, tickling and stumping. (Wikipedia)
Canoeing the River:
From Lake Itasca, the head of the Mississippi all the way up in Minnesota, and stretching 2,300 miles south to the opening of the Gulf of Mexico in a Canoe. One persons story here. Oh how I would love to do this, it would be awesome!
Riverboat Gambling:Yee Haw. I always wanted to walk out on one of these, and I have seen several in Iowa. These boats were originally constructed to take advantage of a loophole around casino building permits.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn:
Mark Twain one of the greatest American Authors, spent a lot of his time writing about the Mississippi, his first major work was "Life on The Mississippi." Huck and Tom Sawyer were to follow in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Links to the free audio book versions which are fantastic.