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IPC Growth and Expansion

From the President’s Desk: Growth and Expansion of the IPC

For many of us, paddling has become more than just a hobby or a sport. It becomes a way of life. We chose where we live so we have access to water! We pick our cars for the roof rack and gear space! Our vacation time is spent around the next paddling adventure or excursion. Rivers up…surfs up? Great—call in sick…time to go paddling!

Does this sound at all familiar? Do you want to see Illinois become a more paddle-friendly state? Improve and add access to paddleable lakes, rivers, and streams? Promote paddling safety? End arbitrary river closures? Provide stewardship to Illinois paddleable waterways? Promote paddlesports competition? See more youth activity in paddling?

Whatever your paddling interests and passions, the IPC could use your help! There are several ways to give back to our paddling lifestyle:


The IPC sets up an informational display at many paddling related events. Staffing these displays is a great way to get involved. You meet lots of great people while sharing your passion for paddling!

Water TrailKeepers provides stewardship for Illinois Paddleable Waterways. It is very rewarding to see a large pile of trash you pulled out of the river, knowing it is being disposed of properly! We have plenty of opportunities to get involved.

Paddling safety initiatives such as Paddlers Patrol and the Paddling Safety Task-force give paddlers an opportunity to promote safety.

Stepping up the level of participation, there are a number of Voice positions open. A voice is a board level position that serves as a liaison between a specific paddling community and the IPC board. Each Member Club appoints a Voice to the IPC board. Traditionally there are voices for specific Paddling Disciplines such as White Water, Sea Kayaking, Flat Water Paddling, Parks & Forest Preserve Districts, and Water TrailKeepers. Additionally there are Regional Voice Positions for NorthEast IL, NorthWest IL, Central IL, and Southern IL.

Or perhaps you have another idea or suggestion for how you want to get involved?

 I will be organizing several coffee-and-conversation events again this off-season. These would be a great opportunity to discuss your involvement in IPC activities. Of course you can also contact me directly.


Tom Eckels

President, Illinois Paddling Council



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