Northwest Indiana Paddling Association


Great News!

Following the success of NWIPA’s Kankakee River Sandhill Crane Paddle, a new coalition has formed to establish a National Water Trail of 133 miles on the Kankakee River.

From the headwaters near South Bend Indiana to it’s confluence with the Illinois River near Joliet Illinois, a water trail on this historic waterway will serve recreational paddlers and scouting organizations alike. The National Water Trail designation will spur the creation of paddler-friendly access sites and facilities, including camping sites with river access.

Much work needs to be done in a short time, but this bi-state coalition is enthusiastically moving forward with plans of a Trail Dedication early next year.

We need letters of support from stakeholders along the River, especially those individuals and organizations owning proposed and current access sites. This site will be the resource for anyone wanting to help this important project, or for those just wanting to learn more about the water trail.

If you’d like to help create a National Water Trail on the Kankakee River, please contact Dan Plath by email at dplath@nwipa.org, to find out what you can do to help!

For further information on the National Water Trail System, go to http://www.nps.gov/watertrails/


Kankakee River Basin Commission

Northwest Indiana Paddling Association

Illinois Coalition for Kankakee River Water Trail

Kankakee River Water Trail Coalition

The list of support letters has grown to 47!

Letters of Support

Illinois Water Trail Coalition Support Letter

St. Joseph County Parks Support Letter

La Porte County Convention and Visitors Bureau Support Letter

Izaak Walton League of America Porter, IN

Izaak Walton League of America Miller, IN

Shirley Heinze Land Trust

Izaak Walton League of America Indiana Division

South Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau

Aqua Illinois

La Porte County Parks and Recreation Department

Northwest Indiana Forum


Kate Cloonen, IL State Representative, 79th District

Porter County Board of Parks and Recreation

Toi W. Hutchinson, IL State Senator, 40th District

Indiana Trails Advisory Board, IN DNR

Izaak Walton League of America Illinois Division

La Porte County Drainage Board

La Porte County Surveyor

Ryan Mishler, IN District 9 Senator

Izaak Walton League of America Michigan City, IN

Indiana Dunes Tourism

Lake County Parks

Kankakee River Valley Forest Preserve District

Earth Stewards Inc.

Ed Charbonneau, IN District 5 Senator

IN Department of Natural Resources

American Rivers

B Patrick Bauer, IN District 6 Representative

Riverview Historic District in Kankakee

The Field Museum

Illinois Paddling Council

Visit South Bend Mishawaka

NICHES Land Trust

Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

Paul Labovitz, National Park Service, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore


One Region

BlueGreen Alliance

Chicago River Canoe and Kayak

IN State Representative Ed Soliday

IN State Representative Tom Dermody

IN State Senator Brandt Hershman

Chicago Area Sea Kayakers Association

Kankakee Valley Boat Club

Kankakee River Basin Commission

The Nature Conservancy

© 2014 Northwest Indiana Paddling Association


Sample Letter of Support

Stakeholder Support Request Sample

National Water Trails System Brochure

Secretary of the Interior
Establishment of a National Water Trails System

Correspondence from Corita Waters- National Park Service Rivers and Trails Program