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The ACA is committed to making the world a better place to paddle!


Our paddling community explores waterways from small streams to the sea, making paddlers stakeholders and potential stewards of all waterways.


The ACA's Paddle Green and Stream to Sea programs focus on conservation and education activities that protect the environment, strengthen peoples connection to the outdoors, and foster stewardship ethics that protect our natural resources.





L.L.Bean CFS Grant Program


Since 2002, the ACA has partnered with L.L. Bean to sponsor the Club Fostered Stewardship (CFS) Program. The CFS Program provides funding to local and regional paddling clubs and organizations that undertake stewardship projects on waterways in their area. 


The purpose of the program is to encourage paddling clubs to take an active role in protecting and improving the nation's waterways. 









Outdoor Alliance

As a founding member of the Outdoor Alliance, the ACA works on state federal policy initiatives that protect environmental health and public access to our waterways.




Policy Letters

The ACA comments on behalf of paddlers on a wide range of issues at various levels:

  • local
  • state
  • federal




Worldwide Voyage of the Hōkūle‘a

Since she was first built and launched in the 1970s, Hōkūle’a continues to bring people together from all walks of life. She is more than a voyaging canoe—she represents the common desire shared by the people of Hawaii, the Pacific, and the World to protect our most cherished values and places from disappearing. 

"Currently, our compass – and indeed the world's – points toward an unsustainable future. However, as on a canoe, our ability to survive is directly dependent on our ability to help each other. By bringing together and working with scientists, educators, policy makers, business leaders and concerned citizens, we believe Hawai‘i can one day become a model of social and environmental responsibility to the world." - Polynesian Voyaging Society

The ACA was proud to help organize the east coast landings and be a partner in this historic endeavor.



Water Trails

Clean water, and appropriate access to that water guide the ACA in our efforts to provide the public with unique paddling opportunities.






Leave No Trace for River Corridors

Want to learn more about how the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace apply directly to your favorite river?

  • Plan Ahead & Prepare
  • Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What you Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors


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The 40th Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race

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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