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2021 Planned Itinerary

Canoes on the Mississippi River
Paddling south from La Crosse, WI in 2019.

Plans for the 2021 Expedition include a total of approximately 50 days of paddling, starting at the Headwaters, the St Croix River, Lake Pepin and the Driftless Area, and the lower river from Vicksburg down to the Gulf of Mexico, with a few days on the Atchafalaya River.  The remainder of the time consists of transit by van and site visits in the Twin Cities, Quad Cities, St. Louis, Memphis, New Orleans, etc.

Aug. 30: Pre-trip pack-out and load-in at Wilderness Inquiry in Minneapolis

Aug. 31: Transit from Minneapolis to Lake Itasca and settle in at Biological Field Station

Sept. 1 – 2: Lake Itasca: Discussion of history of the headwaters and oil pipelines, mining, and orientation to the headwaters at the University of Minnesota’s Biological Field Station

Sept. 3 – 7: paddle in tandem canoes from the headwaters at Lake Itasca to Bemidji

Sept. 8 – 10: shuttle to Twin Cities: activities/site visits/classes on campus and in Twin Cities

Sept. 11 – 12: paddle a stretch of the St. Croix River to confluence at Prescott, WI

Sept. 13 – Oct. 2: paddle from Red Wing to Lake Pepin and on to Wabasha, Winona, and La Crosse

Oct. 3 – 7: transit through Quad Cities, Hannibal, Burlington (by van with camping and site visits along the way)

Oct. 8 – 11: St. Louis area (multiple site visits and programming with Mike Clark of Big Muddy Adventures)

Oct. 12 – 14: Carbondale and Touch of Nature (site visits and programming with Southern Illinois University)

Oct. 15 – 20: Transit and site visits in New Madrid, Memphis, Jackson, and Vicksburg

Oct. 21 – 29: paddle from Vicksburg to Natchez and on to the Old River Control structure

Oct. 30 – Nov. 3: paddle a portion of the Atchafalaya River, then transit to Baton Rouge

Nov. 4 – 5: Site visits in Baton Rouge and work with LEAN

Nov. 6 – 13: paddle heavily industrialized “Chemical Corridor” from Baton Rouge to New Orleans, LA (NOLA)

Nov. 14 – 16: Site visits and programming in New Orleans with local guides and Tulane faculty

Nov. 17 – 22: paddle to the Gulf of Mexico at the Head of Passes

Nov. 26: Thanksgiving in Bayou Country

Nov. 27 – Dec. 2:  Final project work, exploring Delta, stay at Lodge on Gulf Coast

Dec. 3-5: Van shuttle back to Minneapolis

Dec. 13: Public presentations on the expedition

Dec. 16: Final papers/projects due

(Schedule subject to change depending on weather and other variables)