An Adventure of a Lifetime

To provide emergency shelter and supplies to people who have lost their homes after natural disaster or fled because of civil conflict, Erik Elsea of Cape Coral, Fla., solo paddled the entire length of the Mississippi River to raise funds for ShelterBox USA.

To date, the Expedition has raised more than $60,000.


"I’ve always dreamed of canoeing the Mississippi River from the Headwaters in northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana.

They say it takes a drop of water 90 days to go that distance, so that’s what I’ve decided to do."

Experience the trip!

Erik's float plan and event schedule. See where he stopped and read the daily blog.