Great River Rumble starts on creek, ends on Mississippi

Posted: August 22, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Paddlers exit a lock Aug. 4 after locking through Lock and Dam No. 9 on the Mississippi River near Harper’s Ferry, Iowa.

Editors note: The 22nd annual Great River Rumble canoe and kayak trip July 30-Aug. 5 explored Rush Creek and the Root River in southeast Minnesota, then the Mississippi River for a trip of 92 miles. Flip Putthoff, outdoors reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, was among the 200 paddlers. Here are excerpts from a journal he kept during the week.

Paddlers make their way down the Mississippi River by canoe and kayak. More than 200 paddlers navigated 92 miles of the Root River in Minnesota and th...

Boats and paddlers are ready for a day on Minnesota’s Root River. The Root twists and turns with timber in the water to dodge.

Great River Rumble paddlers set up their tents at the city ball field Aug. 3 in Lansing, Iowa. The day started with heavy rain, which ended an hour be...

Boy Scouts and members of the Hokah, Minn., girls basketball team help paddlers take their boats out of the Root River. The volunteers didn’t ask for ...

Great River Rumble 2017

Rushford, Minn., to Houston, Minn., 16 miles.

Houston to Hokah, Minn., 12 miles.

Hokah to Brownsville, Minn., 11 miles.

Brownsville to Blackhawk Campground, Wis., 17 miles

Blackhawk to Lansing, Iowa, 8 miles.

Lansing to Harpers Ferry, Iowa, 17 miles.

Harpers Ferry to Prairie Du Chien, Wis., 11 miles.

— Staff report

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