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Along the Rappahannock River. Courtesy of the City of FredericksburgIn addition to promoting paddlesports Education, Stewardship, Exploration and Competition, the ACA is dedicated to improving the communities we live and paddle in.

In an effort to promote community responsibility across the country, the ACA National Office Staff engages in the following for Fredericksburg, Virginia and the surrounding area:

  • Received grant funding to place a free lifejacket loaner board at Mott's Run Reservoir 
  • Received grant funding to place cigarette disposal containers at City Dock through Keep America Beautiful
  • Trains local canoeists and kayakers in swiftwater rescue techniques on the Rappahannock River
  • Provides hands on canoe training for the Friends of the Rappahannock volunteer trip leaders
  • Hosted the National Paddlesports Conference in Fredericksburg in 2008 and 2009
  • Conducts multiple paddlesports safety programs each year for area Boy Scout Troops and Cub Scout Packs
  • Organizes, with volunteer help, the annual Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race, which donates the proceeds to the Fredericksburg Fire Department's Water Rescue Team and Friends of the Rappahannock
  • Worked with the Fredericksburg Watershed Manager, Lee Sillitoe, on signage at river access points along the Rapidan and Rappahannock rivers
  • Founding member of Rock the River FXBG - a community event that celebrates the river, local artists, local musicians and local craft breweries 
  • Sponsoring organization of RiverFest, the primary fundraiser each year for the Rappahannock River Watershed
  • Provides internship opportunities to University of Mary Washington students each semester
  • Provided the Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation Department with paddlesports safety brochures in English and Spanish
  • Provided the Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation Department with guidance for the launch ramp at Old Mill Park
  • Participate in the yearly Earth Day Festival 
  • Worked with local artists to create a symbolic mural of Fredericksburg and the Rappahannock River on the side of the ACA Office facing the new Riverfront Park
  • Hosted two Celebrate the Rapp events, an ACA Paddle Green Initiative in downtown Fredericksburg and Old Mill Park
  • Do One Thing for Paddling 
  • Conducts an Office Recycling Program: paper, plastic, cardboard, & aluminum
  • Adopts a local family each holiday season

Whether you are an ACA member, Paddle America Club, Pro School, or Instructor, please consider how you can make a positive difference in your immediate community.


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Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration and recreation.

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