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The following documents pertain to various aspects of paddlesport statistics.  The ACA does not endorse any particular document, but is providing them as a resource.


National Participation Statistics: 

  • NEW!! A Special Report on Paddlesports 2019 (Coming Soon!)
  • Outdoor Participation Report 2018 (PDF)
  • Outdoor Participation Report 2017 (PDF)
  • Outdoor Recreation Participation - Topline Report 2016 (PDF)
  • A Special Report on Paddlesports 2015 (PDF
  • Kayak Fishing Survey 2015 (PDF)

  • A Special Report on Paddlesports 2013 (PDF)

  • USCG National Recreational Boating Survey 2012 (PDF)

  • NMMA Recreational Boating Economic Study 2012 (PDF)

  • USCG National Recreational Boating Survey 2011 (PDF)

  • ACA SUP Survey Report 2012 (PDF)

  • Outdoor Recreation Participation - Topline Report 2012 (PDF)
  • Special Report on Fishing & Boating 2011 (PDF)

  • National Survey on Recreation & the Environment (NSRE) - Paddlesports Participation (PDF)

  • Stand Up Paddling Survey 2011 (PDF)

  • Outdoor Recreation Trends & Futures 2010 (PDF)

  • A Special Report on Paddlesports 2009 (PDF)

Accident Statistics:


State Participation Surveys:

  • Oregon State Marine Board's Non-Motorized Boating Participation 2015 (PDF)
  • Boundary Waters Canoe Area 2012 (PDF)
  • Ohio Paddlesports Reports (2011 / 2014 / 2016)
  • Non-Motorized Boating in California 2009 (PDF)
  • State-Level Economic Contributions of Active Outdoor Recreation 2007 (PDF)
  • Economic Impacts of Whitewater - Durango, Colorado 2006 (PDF)

Lifejacket Wear Studies:

  • Lifejacket & Rescue Study of Boaters with Adaptive Needs (PDF)
  • Risk Factors Associated with Life Jacket Wear Among Adult Canoers & Kayakers in the U.S.: 1999-2017 (PDF)
  • Life Jacket Wear Rate Observation Study: 1999 to 2016 (PDF)
  • Summary of Relevant Lifejacket Research: 2015 (PDF)
  • The Flotation Report: Canada: 1991 to 2010 (PDF)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Mandatory Lifejacket Wear Study (PDF)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Lifejacket Policy Study (PDF)

Additional Literature:

  • NTSB Safety Recommendation Report: Paddlers and Commercial Vessels (PDF
  • Profiling the Sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding: 2015 (PDF)
  • Risk Management and Human Error in Recreational Boating (PDF)
  • Human Error in Recreational Boating (PDF)
  • A Case-control Study of Boat-related Injuries and Fatalities in Washington State (PDF)
  • Fatal Incident Risk Factors in Recreational Boating in Ohio (PDF)
  • Critical Judgment: Understanding & Preventing Canoe & Kayak Fatalities
  • Critical Judgement II: Understanding & Preventing Canoe & Kayak Fatalities 1996-2002



ACA Mission

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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