Category Archives: Canoeing the Midwest

Stories from my paddles in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The Niobrara of Nebraska: A Canoe with Uncle Russell

(State #37/50) To be honest, no one expects much nature from Nebraska. Like many states, it isn’t that its undersold, it’s that Nebraskan wilderness isn’t sold at all… Now, I wonder why. My Uncle Russell and I drove in a … Continue reading

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Canoeing* the Cheyenne, South Dakota with Cousin Thomas

(State #36/50) Walking the canoe into a pool of muddy water, my cousin, Thomas, turned around. “Should we try?” he asked. I nodded and we hopped back in the boat. We paddled forward for about ten feet and then ran … Continue reading

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The Great Storm: Canoeing the Sheyenne River, North Dakota

(State #35/50) I stood on a boat dock, South of Fargo, with the July sun beating down. Ty, the reporter for WDAY, asked questions while JR, the camera man, filmed. I intended to be thoughtful with my answers. Inevitably, however, … Continue reading

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Brothers of the Boundary Waters: Canoeing Minnesota

(State #34/50) Shane and I laid in the tent at 7 a.m., trying to sleep through the passing roar of eighteen-wheelers — turns out the country road we had pitched by wasn’t as lonely as I had hoped. We heard … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Wilderness: Canoeing The Flambeau River with my Pa

(State #33/50) My Mother stood, looking impatient and swatting mosquitoes, as I lugged free-ranging laundry from my car and into her rental. In my backseat, I piled junk onto the adjacent seat and crammed some trash under that pile. Then … Continue reading

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On the Shores of Gitche Gumee: Canoeing Lake Superior, Upper Michigan

(State #32/50) I wanted to canoe Lake Superior… easier declared than done as the body of water acts more like an ocean than a lake; its storms whip deadly cold waters into swells, which have destroyed vessels much larger than … Continue reading

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Corn Diplomacy & Russian Ties: Canoeing the Middle Raccoon River, Iowa

(State #31/50) Somehow, Iowa intrigued me. I’m not sure why, either. Other than the people in Southern Louisiana accusing the state of sending them their pollution (See Louisiana Post), I knew very little about Iowa. My collective knowledge of this Middle … Continue reading

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