Join the ACA

The American Canoe Association supports paddlesports – including competition, recreation and the environment.

Exclusive Access to Lake Sebago

Join as an Individual

Join as an Organization

Renew Your Membership

You’ll need an ACA membership to enjoy the ACA Camp at Lake Sebago, but ACA membership offers much more.

What does the ACA Do?


The ACA is committed to making the world a better place to paddle! We support our grassroots paddling communities in state and local advocacy efforts as well as partnering with many national organizations to broaden access to and protect public lands and water.


The ACA supports teams across many different paddling disciplines, including the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines of Sprint, Slalom and Paracanoe, and other International Canoe Federation disciplines such as Freestyle, Wildwater, Stand Up Paddling, Canoe Polo, and more.

Safety, Education and Instruction

The ACA connects its members with organizations and individuals who provide instruction. You’ll find certified instructors in locally, nationally and internationally.

Find out more about the ACA’s educational mission here:

Find a paddling class here:

Sugar Island

Another great ACA benefit

Sugar Island is located in the heart of the Thousand Islands in Gananoque, Ontario Canada, which is an international tourism destination near the St. Lawrence Islands National Park. The 35 acre island is privately owned by the ACA and is available to all members for year round use.

Like Lake Sebago, ACA members may rent cabins or camp on this pristine island, owned by the ACA since 1901. You will find more information on Sugar Island including the history, natural environment, maps and how to register for a cabin here.

Educational Videos for All Paddlers

You can find a library of videos all types of paddlers including kayakers, kayak fishermen, canoeing, stand up paddling and youth safety on the ACA website. Check out their Educational Videos section and get started.