Alex Linnell

As the FIRST person to ever Stand Up Paddle the Mississippi river I would like to announce my official mileage for my multiple world record setting Mississippi River Expedition


I have calculated my Mississippi River mileage conservatively at 2323 miles.

This is calculated using the MN/Dept. of Natural Resources and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers river map mileage.  I have added for my miles across Lake Itasca (4.5 miles) and for the longer route I took across the three large northern Minnesota lakes (2.1 miles) along with the route I took at the river delta.

I did not add for: the city harbors I paddled into; two short sections I paddled twice; irregular routes common to stand up paddling; or routes taken to avoid tows and their wakes.  My actual mileage was likely 1-2% higher if there was a way to accurately record all of these items .
I hope this answers everyone’s questions. Thank you all for the amazing support!


  1. You’ve done a great trip. Well done! For what it’s worth here’s the view of someone totally outside the SUP community:
    I think people really will be interested in the journey and the story. If you start bickering with someone else over distances and world records I think you endanger diminishing both your achievements, and risking that the argument becomes the story. When, really, it is the story that should be the story! It’s a good ‘un!

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