2014 Mississippi River Trips

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


Josh Troegle rests after finishing his 2010 trip in New Orleans. (links)

Older River Trips

Group paddle events 2014

Mississippi swims

2001 bibliography of river trips

River Travelogues
(Big River 2001)

Big River's story on the 2011 travelers (pdf)

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

A good resource: Facebook Mississippi River Paddlers Page

River Travelogues (Big River 2001

Navigation charts of the Upper Mississippi - 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)

Paddling.net

Mississippi River Parkway Commission - Mississippi River travel site

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

Dave Hardesty took a trip in 2005 and kept a journal.
My trip was just a solo adventure from Lake Itasca back to my hometown of Cape Girardeau, Mo. No sponsors, no fundraising, and very low tech. From Cape, I joined up with Danny Rees to go onto Mile Zero at the Head of Passes. The local paper, the Southeast Missourian, printed my journal in their "TBY" special monthly magazine. Here is a link to the first journal pages published.

Quimby's Cruising Guide

Canoe Routes and Maps of the Mississippi:

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.

Big River Weather page

Big River Water Level page

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Rob Binger and a friend are traveling from Minnesota to Louisiana on a solar-powered homemade barrel raft. See their site Barrel Raft Boys.

Nic Doucette, originally from Jefferson, Wisconsin, and Texan Marine Gabe Vasquez are kayaking the Mississippi to raise funds for injured veterans through the Semper Fi fund. They are chronicling the adventure on the Kayaking Mississippi Blog on their site.

James Welborn is paddling solo. Follow on his Facebook page.

Shane Westen is launching a Solo Kayak trip on July 4th. He will be updating his status nightly (as cell coverage permits) via Twitter

Artist Ellen McDonah from Galesville, Wisconsin, is kayaking the length of the river. She is paddling to bring about inspiration for her artistic style, adventurism art. See a news story.

You can follow her on her Facebook page.

Abe and Nate Dicks from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, paddled from Minnesota to New Orleans, starting on April 13. Here's a quote on June 6 from their Facebook page, Old Man River Trip:

Update! 53 days, 2,200 miles, from Grand Rapids, MN to New Orleans. We ended our trip. High volume of support Tugboats, barges and tankers put us to the test. After several close calls and an ever present feeling of danger, we were put to a decision. It's disappointing to have not completed our goal of the Gulf of Mexico but it was always about the journey and the people along the way. We greatly appreciate all the support of family and friends. Thank you for following. More pictures to follow.

Minnesota veteran Joshua Ploetz is paddling the river to raise awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. See his Facebook page about his trip, called Paddle Off the War.

News report from St. Louis

New report from Rochester, Minn.

Tweeter Nelson and Gus LeSavage are in Louisiana, having paddled from above Bemidji, Minnesota. Here's the tracking link.

Tweeter's Facebook Page.  Check out the Mississippi Trip '14 photo album.

Gary and Linda De Kock from Grand Rapids, Michigan. See their Facebook page, Mississippi River Voyage.

 All money raised goes to support Water For People.

Adventure: Mississippi River 2014

A real-time 90-day adventure rowing expedition, presented live to a virtual classroom. Greg Spooner and Jordan Hanssen.

Mississippi Challenge 2014

Ken Robertshaw and Grace Alsancak from Halifax will be kayaking the length of the Mississippi starting in August. Facebook page.

2014 Mississippi River Challenge

Michiganders Tim Muhich, Clint Adams, Boot Baweja, and Colin Bright attempted to break the source-to-sea speed record of 18 days, 4 hours, and 51 minutes made by fellow Michiganders in 2003. They made it to Natchez, and ran into some wild weather. Read their posts on Facebook.


2014 group paddles

Floatzilla August 16, 2014
Quad Cities canoe/kayak mass float  

Mississippi River Run
The Mountain Folk Adventure Series, to raise money for Habitat for Humanity, New Orleans.

Great River Rumble 2014  July 26 to August 2, paddling on the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers. Starts at Prairie du Sac, Wis., ends at Guttenberg, Iowa.