Sandy Thorpe and Dean Hanke paddle the St. Croix River along with 150 other paddlers at the 2013 Great River Rumble. PHOTOS BY DON HOWELL
Sandy Thorpe and Dean Hanke paddle the St. Croix River along with 150 other paddlers at the 2013 Great River Rumble. PHOTOS BY DON HOWELL
The Great River Rumble is an annual week-long canoe/kayak trip. Each year it travels a different section of river anbd usually on the mighty Mississippi. The event is put on by Midwest River Expeditions, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people enjoy the rivers and develop an environmental consciousness. 

The 2014 Great River Rumble will cover 105 river miles from Prairie du Sac on the Wisconsin River to Guttenberg, Iowa, on the Mississippi, July 26 to August 2. For more information, go to www.riverrumble.org.

Started in 1995, the Great River Rumble has taken place on sections of the Mississippi, Wisconsin, Missouri, Des Moines, Red Cedar and Chippewa rivers. Only once was the Rumble cancelled due to flooding, antd that was on the Missouri.

Last year, I joined the more than 150 Rumble paddlers who covered 111 miles from Grantsburg, Wisconsin, on the St. Croix River to Red Wing, Minnesota, on the Mississippi. They came from 17 different states and one from the Netherlands. Many had been on previous Rumbles so it was like a reunion. 

I did the 2008 Rumble from Menomonee, Wisconsin, on the Red Cedar River to La Crosse, Wisconsin, on the Mississippi. My paddling friends Sandy Thorpe, Dean Hanke and Sonya Dailey joined me last year.
 
The entirety of Don Howell's account of the Great River Rumble appears in the July 2014 print edition of Silent Sports magazine. To order a copy, call 888-706-4045. Or subscribe online here and never miss another issue.