Kayak Adventurer on Track in Solo Trip from Fort Snelling to Hudson Bay

A Grand Forks, N.D., lady who is paddling from the Twin Cities to Hudson Bay says she hopes to arrive in York Factory, Manitoba, by mid-August despite battling bad weather, flooding, and more muck than most people likely ever experience in a lifetime.

Madison Williams was waiting out yet another storm on Tuesday, July 19, on Lake Winnipeg, where she is staying with friends in Gimli, Manitoba. Madison Williams set out from Fort Snelling on May 7 for the 1,600+ mile solo kayak expedition to Hudson Bay.

Williams stated in a Messenger exchange that “today is a down day to get social media things organized.” Even on favorable days, Lake Winnipeg is “quite turbulent,” according to her.

Williams claims that the weather has been challenging for her during her voyage, with seven tornado watches, one of which turned into a warning, “loads” of thunderstorms, a week of extreme heat, and strong winds.

Williams claims that when paddling upstream on the Minnesota River before arriving at the Red River Basin, floods caused her to lose two weeks at Le Sueur, Minnesota. Williams paddled through Grand Forks about a week ago and spent a few days getting ready for an impending relocation despite the difficulties.

She claims that the Red River has been the portion of the journey she has enjoyed the least thus far.

Williams, who is based in Gimli, stated on Tuesday that he really preferred fighting the current on the Minnesota. I could at least leave, and there were sights to view.

“The Red was treacherously muddy and had oxbows that were the same. The farthest distance between launches was, I believe, 80 miles, and landing anyplace without a launch was difficult. Unless you were in a big city, there weren’t many monuments or sights to view along the road.

The muck, though, oh, the sludge. Williams claims that it took her three days to paddle from Fargo, North Dakota, to Grand Forks, including two days where she paddled around 60 and 55 miles each.

She stated, “I was so eager to be done and be home” in Grand Forks, where she could spend some time out of the muck. The speed at which Current was traveling was excellent. Because I couldn’t go, I worked long days, which weren’t fun.

Williams claimed that when she continued downstream and passed through the St. Andrews Lock and Dam in Lockport, Manitoba, north of Winnipeg, she almost sobbed at seeing sand instead of muck on the river’s banks. Nearer to Lake Winnipeg, the Red River experiences several noticeable alterations.

She stated, “I was so sick of the Red River muck.”

Williams admits it hasn’t been easy to choose a trip highlight to this point. Renville County’s Vicksburg County Park and the “huge” catfish she caught while fishing there stick out, as did the week she spent with with a farm family during the flooding. Williams claims that the family foraged for morels, gathering roughly 412 pounds of the delicious mushrooms. They also had a number of children and many farm animals.

She has a Garmin InReach satellite communicator to stay in touch with relatives in far-off places even if she is now inside mobile range.

Williams stated, “I have really been enjoying Manitoba thus far. It has undoubtedly improved morale.

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