Support Erik’s efforts and ShelterBox Disaster Relief


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 $70,000 making Erik the ShelterBoxUSA Fundraiser of the Year 2018.

Erik and his crew chief Holly Anderson were also named ShelterBoxUSA Ambassadors of the Year 2018.

In May 2019, Erik won Rotary’s highest honor in District 6960, the Service Above Self Award, for his outstanding commitment to Rotary’s ideals and the efforts of the Expedition to connect more than 70 Rotary Clubs through his visits, speaking and media attention. In April  2019, Holly won Rotary District 5580 Rotarian of the Year.



“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.

See the Schedule

About Erik