Founded in 2009, the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association quickly grew to over 400 members. Dedicated to paddling safety education and blueways stewardship, NWIPA has hosted over 100 events bringing 1000’s of paddlers to the region’s waterways. Paddlers are in a unique position to see first hand the issues and opportunities facing our area waterways, and are more likely to becoming engaged in solutions.
Our partnerships with Wilderness Inquiry has given hundreds of underprivileged children the opportunity to paddle replica voyager canoes. Each year we conduct classes to teach beginners how to safely enjoy our waterways from a kayak.
NWIPA was instrumental in developing the first 75 mile segment of the Lake Michigan Water Trail, officially designated as a National Recreational Trail by the National Park Service. We are currently working with a bi-state coalition of individuals to petition the National Park Service for National Water Trail designation for 133 miles of the Kankakee River from South Bend IN to the Des Plaines River in IL.
The strength and success of NWIPA comes from strong partnerships with various organizations and government agencies. A partnership with Michigan City led to approval of an ADA compliant canoe and kayak launch on Trail Creek, to be installed in early 2015. Of their many events, each year Ride the Wave Regatta attracts elite kayak racers from 8 surrounding states and Canada to the challenging waters of southern Lake Michigan. NWIPA is a 501c3 IRS non-profit organization. www.nwipa.org firstname.lastname@example.org