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Industry Resources

Sierra Club 
The Sierra Club's members are more than 750,000 of your friends and neighbors. Inspired by nature, they work together to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail 
A member-supported non-profit organization that champions and provides paddling access, highlights heritage assets, engages communities with their backyard waterways and is managed and maintained by community-based stewardship partners in the northeastern United States.

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

National Park Foundation 
The mission of the National Park Foundation is to strengthen the connection between the American people and their National Parks by raising private funds, making strategic grants, creating innovative partnerships and increasing public awareness.

Pacific Rivers Council 
The Pacific Rivers Council is one of the largest and most successful river conservation organizations in the United States. Their mission is to protect and restore rivers, their watersheds and native aquatic species.

American Rivers 
A nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring rivers nationwide (US). 

The Outdoor Industry Association 
The Outdoor Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 established by Outdoor Industry Association to inspire and grow future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. The Foundation’s vision is to be a driving force behind a massive increase in active outdoor recreation in America.

British Canoe Union 
Helping paddlers find British Canoe Union (BCU) training programs and coaches in North America

Wild and Scenic Rivers 
Official website of National Wild and Scenic Rivers System (US). 

US National Forest Map 
Links to US National Forest websites many of which have information about rivers for paddlers. 

National Park Guide 
Website provided by National Park Service. Provides detailed information on US National Park locations.

Media Sites 

Canoe & Kayak Magazine 
"The #1 Paddlesports Resource." 

Kayak Session 
The industry’s powerful resource for the latest information for today’s paddlesports fans. 


Boat werks 
Popular forum for paddling of all kinds. 

Boater talk 
The voice of the paddling nation. 

Northeast Paddlers 
Links to Weather, Ocean, Satellite, Coastal and Navigational information. 

Canoeing and Kayaking Info: includes a buyer's guide and product reviews. 


Outdoor Sport Leisure.Net 
General information about getting into kayaking. 

Learn it right the first time! Get your lesson from an ACA(American Canoe Association) Certified Instructor. 

National Outdoor Leadership School 
The premier teacher of outdoor skills and leadership, offers courses 10 days to full semesters in the world's most spectacular wilderness classrooms.