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A spectacular ACA member benefit!


Sugar Island is located in the heart of the Thousand Islands in Gananoque, Ontario Canada, which is an international tourism destination near the St. Lawrence Islands National Park. The 35 acre island is privately owned by the ACA and is available to all members for year round use.


Getting to Sugar Island is as much of part of your trip as your stay. The island is located approximately two miles from the Canadian Mainland. You can paddle out to the island or the great folks at Misty Isles Lodge in Gananoque, Ontario offer a water taxi service to the island.


What to do on an island you might ask? The island is rustic, with no modern amenities. It is a pristine, pure environment with crystal clear water, clean air, and beautiful night skies. Swim, snorkel, fish, paddle, sail, or simply relax.


  • New ACA members receive two (2) free nights of camping! (Reservation Form)
  • Important 2020 Update: Sugar Island is not currently accepting camping reservations from U.S. residents due to border closures. If you are a Canadian resident and wish to camp on Sugar Island, please use the form above to reserve and pay for your camping. U.S. residents should become familiar with the U.S.-Canada border entry restrictions prior to making any travel/camping plans.
  • About Sugar Island
  • Sugar Island Rules & Regulations (PDF)
  • Sugar Island Emergency Action Plan (PDF
  • For cabin / camping reservations, contact:
  • Board of Trustees
    • Chair: Scott Andrews (Maine)
    • Vice-Chair: Tom Uebel (New York)
    • Secretary: John Kells (Massachusetts)
    • Treasurer: Kathy Kempson (New York)
    • Registrar: Marilyn Vogel (Pennsylvania)
    • Kristina Katsalidas (New York)
    • Susan Blake (New Jersey)

  • Sugar Island (Facebook)

Jahn cabinCabin & Tent Platform Usage for 2020

  • Cabins available for weekly use:
    • Commodore, Lysak ($275 per week)
    • Jahn ($375 per week)
  • Cabins available for rent for the entire season:
    • Springel, Klecka, and Hasse
  • Season Rate: $1,250 U.S. Dollars
  • To submit your request, please submit the Cabin Rental Form to:
  • Timeline:
    • Deadline for submitting requests is March 15, 2020
    • Trustees will make decision in April


ACA National Encampment Schedule: July 26 - August 7, 2020

*Encampment attendees must be full, annual ACA members to participate

  • Opening ceremony
  • BINGO night!
  • Trustees Meeting
  • Camp work day 
  • Sugar Island Camp Meeting – Following Colors
  • Swim around the island at 10:00 am 
  • Encampment Dinner at 6:00 pm
  • Island Campfire (at headquarters)
  • Waivers (Adult / Minor)

Encampment Sailing Race Schedule:

  •  - 2pm all classes (open canoe)
  •  - 10am and 2 pm 5 meter race
  •  - 10am and 2pm ACA Class Race

Arts and Crafts will be Monday – Wednesday – Friday of the first week

Additionally, an island clean-up run by Leslie Mengersen is scheduled for the second week.


Sugar Island offers all annual ACA members the opportunity for a unique paddlesport camping experience.


Stay for a weekend, a week, or a month!



Camaraderie at Sugar Island

Overview of Sugar Island

A great family outing


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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