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The Illinois Paddling Council

The Illinois Paddling Council (IPC) was organized in 1963 and is a 501c3 not-for-profit association of paddlers and paddling organizations in Illinois. 

The Illinois Paddling council is dedicated to promoting the safe enjoyment of all disciplines of canoeing and kayaking in Illinois, to assure access to the state’s waters and to protect and preserve the natural resources within the state.

IPC Membership is open to all individuals, families and paddling clubs.


The Illinois Paddling Council Priorities:

Develop Water Trails and Improve access to Illinois waterways.

Work with State, Local,and National Governmental Agencies to address issues important to paddlers

Promote Stewardship and Advocate for the conservation and restoration of Illinois rivers and lakes.
Promote paddling safety and education.

Provide information about paddle-sports to paddlers and the general public.

Promote paddling competition and sanction races in Illinois.


The Illinois Paddling Council Activities and Programs:


The IPC holds bi-monthly meetings and periodically publishes a newsletter of interest to all Illinois Paddlers.


The IPC Access Project works with government agencies, public and private landowners to provide safe, legal and adequate access for human powered watercraft to the waterways of Illinois; provides information to paddlers and the general public about access; and advocates the creation of  systems of water trails throughout Illinois


Water TrailKeepers provide stewardship for Illinois Water Trails

The Paddlers Patrol provides safety at paddling events

The IPC sanctions USCA Marathon Races throughout Illinois and holds an annual awards banquet

Advocacy Campaigns:  The IPC Continues to work with State, Local and National Governmental agencies to address issues important to paddlers


IPC Membership is open to all individuals, families and paddling clubs.