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River trip features Red Cedar, Chippewa and Mississippi

The City of Durand will host the Great River Rumble on Monday, July 28.

The Rumble involves more than 100 canoeists and kayakers who will arrive in Durand during the late afternoon and spend the night before continuing their watery journey to LaCrosse.

Area residents are invited to observe the spectacle of the boats arriving Monday afternoon.

The group will pull in at the boat ramp located at 1st Avenue in downtown Durand. They will camp overnight in Memorial Park, take showers at Durand High School, eat supper at local restaurants, and enjoy entertainment planned for Monday evening. The group will be departing the next morning about 7 a.m.

The Great River Rumble, an annual river trip, will begin in Menomonie Sunday, July 27, and end in LaCrosse seven days later. Paddlers on the trip will enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in the Upper Mississippi region.

This canoe and kayak trip will take paddlers about 112 miles down the Red Cedar River, into the Chippewa, then into the Mississippi near Wabasha, and on through the bluff area to LaCrosse. Experienced paddlers are invited to join the trip, which includes camping along the way and a truck to haul gear.

The group will meet in LaCrosse on Saturday, July 26, load boats and gear, and travel to Menomonie by chartered bus. Boats will be carried on large trailers loaned by Wenonah Canoe in Winona, the major sponsor of the trip.

Put-in for the first day will be about 8 a.m. on Sunday, the beginning of an eight-mile day from Menomonie to Downsville. These are the plans for the following days:

Monday, July 28

Downsville to Durand 16 miles.

Tuesday, July 29

Durand to Alma, 27 miles.

Wednesday, July 30

Alma to Merrick State Park, 19 miles.

Thursday, July 31

Merrick State Park to Winona, 11 miles.

Friday, Aug. 1

Winona to Trempealeau, 15 miles.

Saturday, Aug. 2

Trempealeau to LaCrosse, 16 miles.

Saturday, Aug. 2 night

Farewell banquet in LaCrosse.

The Great River Rumble is an event produced by Midwest Expeditions, a group dedicated to education and preservation of rivers. The trip is open to the public, and additional information for paddlers may be found at