Paddlesports Organizations and Non-Profits

USA Canoe/Kayak. USACK is the national governing body for canoe and kayak racing in the United States.

American Whitewater. American Whitewater’s mission is to conserve and restore America’s whitewater resources.

U.S. Canoe Association. USCA is a non-profit, educational group to encourage the growth of recreational and competitive paddling.

Leave No Trace. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and inspiring responsible outdoor recreation.

America Outdoors. America Outdoors is an international association representing adventure travel outfitters, tour companies and outdoor educators.

American Canoe Association. The ACA promotes the health, social and personal benefits of canoeing, kayaking and rafting.

American Rivers. American Rivers is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring rivers nationwide.

Friends of the River. Friends of the River is California’s statewide river conservation organization.

Professional Paddlesports Association. PPA is a trade association promoting paddlesports, including canoe, kayak and raft rentals, retailers, liveries, outfitters, manufacturers, and distributors.

River Discovery. River Discovery is a non-profit organization committed to educating people about North America’s rivers through direct experience on them in canoes and kayaks, and related education materials.

Trade Association of Paddlesports. TAPS is a professional trade association supporting the paddling industry in North America and the world.

Washington Water Trails Association. WWTA champions public water access through the creation of water trails for canoes and kayaks and other nonmotorized boats in Washington State.

Canadian Canoe Routes. Canadian Canoe Routes is an online meeting place for those who enjoy exploring the lakes and rivers of Canada by canoe, with hundreds of route descriptions and active discussion boards.

Paddle for Your Life. Paddle for Your Life is a grass-roots effort in Washington state to get underpriveleged youth involved in paddlesports.

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