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Historic Summit: Protect and Enjoy Paddling Resources

in Tennessee - October 2019


The ACA held a historic summit on the banks of the Nolichucky River in October, 2019. All five major paddling 

clubs in the state met for the first time to discuss key policy

issues affecting paddlers. Read below for the full letter sent to Tennessee members. 






ACA Update on TWRA Proposed Rulemaking - April 2019 

The ACA provided testimony to the TN State Legislature on the proposed rule-making process pertaining to commercial outfitters, and sent a letter to Tennessee members to provide an update on SB665 and Amendment No.1. Please read our full letter below. 


  • Official Letter to TN Members (PDF)




ACA Submits Official Public Comment to TWRA onPhoto Credit: Chuck Sutherland

Proposed Commercial Outfitting Rules - December 2018


The ACA submitted an official public comment on behalf of ACA members to the Assistant Director of the TWRA, Chris Richardson, and the thirteen Tennessee Wildlife Federation Commissioners. The proposed rules are potentially precedent setting rules that impact the economic livelihood of the commercial outfitting and livery industries on Tennessee waters. Please read our full letter below.

Caney Fork River Photo Credit: Chuck Sutherland



  • Official Public Comment (PDF)


ACA Requests Member Inclusion on TWRA Rule Making Advisory Board - September 2018


Recently, the Tennessee legislature granted the Tennessee Wildlife and Recreation Agency (TWRA) authority, under ยง 69-9-227 [SB1135/HB0785], to enact rules to regulate permitting and fee collection for commercial paddle craft operations. The ACA requested that the TWRA carefully consider which rivers are presenting the most common commercially related paddling conflicts, and to ensure that any Advisory Board include ACA members to provide input on any proposed fee collection requirements and mitigation. Read the full letter below. 



  • Letter to TWRA (PDF)


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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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