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Paddling Organizations

A list of paddling organizations that can help you get involved in canoeing:

American Canoe Association 
America's Premier Canoeing, Kayaking & Rafting Organization Since 1880. 
http://www.americancanoe.org

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. 
http://northernforestcanoetrail.org 

Professional Paddlesports Association 
The Professional Paddlesports Association (PPA) is the premier trade association promoting paddlesports. PPA serves the paddlesports industry, including canoe, kayak and raft rentals, retailers, liveries, outfitters, manufacturers, and distributors. 
http://propaddle.com

Trade Association of Paddlesports 
TAPS is the only trade association in the world whose sole mission is the commerce of paddlesports. Our members are the industry leaders in providing you with the best in paddling equipment, services, and experiences no matter what your skill level may be. 
http://www.paddlesportsindustry.org

Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association 
The CRCA was formed as a result of the perceived need that recreational paddling enthusiasts from across Canada required a national body to co-ordinate the efforts of those involved in non-competitive canoeing and kayaking. 
http://www.crca.ca

American Whitewater Association 
The mission of AWA is to conserve and restore America's whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely. 
http://www.americanwhitewater.org

Sierra Club 
"Explore, Enjoy and Protect the Planet" is the Sierra Club's motto. This site has links to events, issues and chapters in most states (US). 
http://www.sierraclub.org

American Rivers 
A nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring rivers nationwide (US). 
http://www.americanrivers.org

The Outdoor Industry Association 
The Foundation's vision is to be a driving force behind a massive increase in active outdoor recreation in America. 
http://www.outdoorindustry.org