Great River Rumble Explores Wisconsin, Mississippi Rivers

Posted: August 14, 2014 at 5 a.m.

Editor's note: Five Northwest Arkansans were among the paddlers on the 2014 Great River Rumble canoe and kayak trip that covered 111 miles on the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers. The trip began July 27 at Prairie du Sac, Wis., on the Wisconsin River and ended Aug. 2 in Guttenberg, Iowa on the Mississippi. Flip Putthoff, outdoors editor, was among 150 paddlers on the trip. Here are excerpts from a journal he kept along the way.

Great River Rumble

The Great River Rumble canoe and kayak trip heads down the upper Mississippi River or a tributary for a week each summer.

Here’s how the trip works. Paddlers meet at the take-out town, then board buses for the shuttle upstream to the start point of the trip. A large trailer provided by Wenonah canoe in Winona, Minn., transports boats to the start point.

Paddlers tent camp, usually in city parks, in the overnight towns. All arrangements are made by Great River Rumble volunteers far in advance. Meals are catered in and are available for purchase, or paddlers eat at restaurants in town.

All baggage is transported in rental trucks to the next overnight town my more volunteers. Paddlers only carry in their boats what they need for the day, such as sunscreen, water and lunch.

2014 Itinerary

July 27: Prairie du Sac, Wis., to Spring Green, Wis., 26 miles.

July 28: Spring Green to Lone Rock, 9 miles.

July 29: Lone Rock to Muscoda, 13 miles.

July 30: Muscoda to Boscobel, 16 miles.

July 31: Boscobel to Wauzeka, 13 miles

Aug. 1: Wauzeka To Wyalusing, 22 miles.

Aug. 2: Wyalusing to Guttenberg, Iowa, 13 miles.


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