Three Rivers Project (2017)

2017 : Three Rivers Expedition


Cheers! Salud! Whoooo! The Mississippi River watershed in now 6,300lbs cleaner! After five months canoeing 2500 miles, 2017’s Three Rivers Project is a wrap

With gratitude to you! Thanks for following along and supporting Adventure Stewardship Alliance.
~ healthy rivers ~ healthy people ~
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Mississippi – red, Minnesota – green, Namekagon and St. Croix – purple.

JUNE: Namekagon/St. Croix Rivers 

  • From the source at Lake Namekagon, WI flowing west into the St. Croix and south to the confluence with the Mississippi River near Prescott, WI.
  • 237 miles in 15 days and removed 736 pounds of litter.

JULY: Minnesota River 

  • Flowing from Big Stone Lake on the MN/SD border to its confluence with the Mississippi River in St. Paul, MN.
  • 302 miles in 26 days and removed 4,983 pounds of litter.

SEPT – DEC: Mississippi River

  • Paul and Michael paddled to the Iowa/MN border marking 617 miles cleaning 691 lbs of litter
  • Michael then sent it and completed the river run in Natchez, Mississippi after 1832 miles on the Mississippi River

Further details from 2017’s Three Rivers Expedition on Trip Progress page.

Our intention is to paddle and clean the nation’s waterways to deepen our sense of connection to place. We are collectors of stories and observers of relationships founded in meaning with the water. Flow with us as we  clean-up litter and interweave people, place, and time to share stories aimed to promote ripples of positivity.

The Three Rivers Project is the 2017 pilot expedition for Adventure Stewardship. It is a 1200 mile place-based environmental and cultural exploration by canoe of the Mississippi, Minnesota, and Namekagon/St. Croix Rivers.

Our intention is to paddle these life-sustaining waterways to deepen our sense of connection to place in our home state of Minnesota. We prioritize environmental stewardship through the removal and packing out of litter along the riverways.

Check our trip progress and litter log here.

We are partnering with the Packing It Out initiative and their 2017 team will be joining us to paddle the Mississippi portion of this project.


  We are collectors of stories and observers of relationships founded in meaning with the water. Journey with us as we span the bridges of time and place – from glacial pasts to industrialized presents, crystal clear waters to polluted stretches, all interwoven with stories of relationship with place and one another. Positivity is our fuel!

Three Rivers Project:

  • Environmental Stewardship and Ethics

    Completing the circle, we aim to give back as much as we take and respect the systems of reciprocity. Ways we are doing this include ‘Packing It Out’ – trash removal, mindfulness of our impact, and sharing stories.

Come get connected and tuned in with the water!

Paddle a favorite stretch with us, share your stories by the campfire, lend a hand with trash pick up! You can reach us at or on our Contact page.

June – Namekagon/St. Croix River

  • 235 miles in total from its source at Lake Namekagon in northern Wisconsin flowing west to its confluence with the St. Croix River and heading south creating the MN/WI border until its confluence with the Mississippi River near Prescott, WI. To learn more about these rivers click Namekagon/St. Croix.

July – Minnesota River

  • 335 miles from its source at Big Stone Lake on the Minnesota/South Dakota border to its confluence with the Mississippi River in St. Paul, MN. To learn more about this river click Minnesota.

September/October – Mississippi River

  • 622 miles from the headwaters at Lake Itasca in the north-central Minnesota, following its course to the southeastern corner of the state in the bluff town of Winona, MN. To learn more about this river click Mississippi.

We are currently meeting with partners to find meaningful ways to collaborate on this season’s 1,200 mile Three Rivers Project. If you and/or your organization is interested in getting involved please contact us at or use our Contact page.

ThreeRivers Story Wheel