As seen in Big River:

River Angels January-February 2015 (pdf)

River Pilgrims November-December 2014 (pdf)

Chart of 2014 paddlers and links to websites

2011 travelers (pdf)

River Travelogues (2001)

2001 Big River bibliography of river trips

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2014 River Trips

Pre-2014 River Trips

Mississippi River Paddlers Page on Facebook, curated by John Sullivan of La Crosse, Wis. Excellent resource.

YouTube video of paddler reunion in Memphis, February 2014

let us know about your trip!


2015 Paddlers off the Mississippi

Big American Paddle

Amit Shah and Alex Woodford are raising money for the British Exploring Society. They left Itasca on May 16, and locked through Upper St. Anthony Falls on June 3, just a week before it closed.
The made it to the Gulf on July 22.

Rediscovering North America: A Journey From the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean

Still moving north: Six friends go upsteam from the Gulf on a paddle that will take them to the Arctic Ocean. The crew: Minnesotans Adam Trigg, Winchell Delano, Daniel Flynn and John Keaveny; and Iowans Jarrad Moore and Luke Kimmes.

Canoe & Kayak * St. Charles Herald * St. Cloud Times

Kayak 4 Earth - Connecting Climate Chaos

Steve Posselt headed upriver from the Gulf on March 3rd and left the swollen river at Memphis on April 11. He then biked to New York where he will board the Queen Mary 2.

Ellen on the Missouri

2014 Solo Mississippi Source to Sea kayaker Ellen McDonah is padding the Missouri this year. You can keep up with her on Facebook

Janet and Greg Gottsacker

Last leg of a multi-year trip. Started in 2013, finished at the Gulf on April 30th, 2015

Johnny Mac's Mississippi River Adventure

John McFarland left the river in Minnesota mid-June. Read his post here. You can feel the mosquitoes and ticks.

Ryan Gallagher

Lost canoe in rapids in mid June, left the river.

Mississippi: Source to Sea

Siegfried Huffnagle raising funds for the Ashaninka Rainforest in Peru.Trip ended in Dubuque.

Separate Boats

Kayak the Heartland-Paddle Expedition: A LIVEout event-1591 miles from the source of the Wabash to the Gulf of Mexico

John & LaNae Abnet started at the headwaters of the Wabash River on April 3rd, then kayaked the Ohio to the Mississippi at Cairo, Ill. They made it to the Gulf on July 10. Facebook page

Travelers on the River

Meet the travelers and experience their trips down the Mississippi.
We hope these adventurers may inspire a little Huck Finn in all of us!

2015 Ongoing Mississippi River Trips

Itay Nakash started at Itasca on June 11. As far as he knows, he is the first person from Israel paddling the Mississippi from source to sea. His Mississippi trip is part of a trip around the world.

Paddle for Prevention Mississippi River Trip

Corey Smock and Lance Loney started paddling in late May. They are raising funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. YouTube

The River Signal

Galen Huckins, Reid Lustig, and Brian Benson departed June 14 from Chaska, Minn. on a 1970 paddlewheel The Channel Princess.
They are broadcasting stories on the radio and recording musicians as they go down to New Orleans. As of July 22 they near Quincy, Ill.

Facebook page

On the River

Nia Thomas and Sara Dykman will start in July at the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park, MT, and eventually paddle the Missouri and the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

The Grey Beard Adventurer

Dale Sanders, Richard Sojourner and Tom Graves are canoeing the Mississippi for juvenile diabetes. They departed from Itasca in May and were joined by Austin Graham and Brad Tallent who are filming the trip. Sanders, at 80 years old, is aiming to be the oldest paddler to canoe the entire length of the Mississippi. Dale Sanders Source to Sea Facebook page.

A Secret History of American River People

Wes Modes is on his second year of documenting river people and rafting on the river.


The Mississippi River Expedition

Alex Ross, Forest Schoessow and Shea Selsor

Wild & Crazy Week *** Facebook

David Forbes Launched from Itasca on June 13th. Helpful on Mississippi River Paddlers facebook page.

Paddling for Camp

Everett McMillen and Will Jonsson, the Kentuckian and the Swede .Launched from Itasca June 12. Great Facebook page

Voyage for Vets

Casey and Carson Barfels

Paddle On

Alyssum Pohl, documenting water quality and plastic waste. Many photos on website, stories about River Angels.

Dave Roberts On river in Bemidji on June 17, had kayak and gear stolen in Brainerd. Thanks to a friend, back on the river at Bohemian Flats in Minneapolis on July 3. Adventures have only begun. Follow on FB Mississippi River Paddlers.

A Mississippi River Adventure (FB)

Jake Tavakoli and Julie Haskel, launched from Itasca July 2l

Warrior Paddle

Annie Balthazar, Mark Fox, Bart Lindberg, Shawn Murphy, Sean Gobin

Legacies Alive

Chris Ring, swimming the river for families of veterans who lost their lives.

Canoeing Against Bullying

Scott Murtley and Derek Haley Left Itasca July 1st.

Jeff Felkers started on July 17 from Lake Itasca.

River Semester – Augsburg College

Wow! What a way to spend a semester! Starting Sept. 1 a group of 16 students and 2 profs will paddle from Minneapolis to New Orleans as part of the initial River Semester from Augsburg College.

Useful links if you're considering a trip down the Mississippi

On Facebook:

Mississippi River Paddlers Page

Lower Mississippi River Paddlers (group)


Navigation charts of the Upper Mississippi - PDF download page

Navigation charts of the Lower Mississippi River – PDF download page

Army Corps of Engineers - St. Paul District

Army Corps of Engineers-Rock Island District

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (Mpls/St. Paul)

Mississippi River Parkway Commission - Mississippi River travel site

Rivergator: 1,200-mile detailed paddler guide on the Mississippi River from S.t Louis to the Gulf of Mexico

Big River Weather page

Big River Water Level page

Visit Big River on Facebook

From Big River:

River Travelogues (Big River 2001)

Mississippi River Travel Bibliography 2001

Preparing for a Long River Cruise, Jan. 2008, Big River (pdf) Planning for the Great Loop around the eastern United States By Captain Larry Martin


First journal pages from Dave Hardesty's 2005 trip.

Quimby's Cruising Guide

Canoe Routes and Maps of the Mississippi:

Minnesota DNR maps from Itasca to Minneapolis – free PDF download page

Mississippi River Recreational Boating Guide (Iowa DNR)

Illinois DNR map resources

Minn DNR canoe routes info

Minn DNR map resources

Mississippi River Trail - follows the river through ten states. On-road and bicycle/pedestrian maps.