Match 10, 2023 8:30am to 4:30pm

The Kankakee River is an essential natural resource for the health and vitality of our area. Sustainable stewardship of this remarkable asset is of concern to multiple interests. This conference will bring together all stakeholders for a day of education, conversation and networking. 

The program will include sessions of critical interest to shareholders from Illinois and Indiana, and the Counties of Kankakee and Will. Presentations are planned from a range of scientists, government agencies, agriculture, and community organizations. 

Potawatomi Paddlers Association

Potawatomi Paddlers Association (PPA) is a 501-c-3 formed in 2017 to assure continued care and improvements that foster safe and enjoyable paddle sports (canoeing, kayaking, and stand up paddling) and camping along the Kankakee River national water trail.


The Kankakee River National Water Trail, in Illinois, flows from the Indiana border to the rivers confluence with the Des Plaines River to form the Illinois River.In Indiana, the Kankakee River, also part of the Water Trail, flows from its source near South Bend to the Illinois state line.

In 2016, the Kankakee River was added by the US National Park Service to the list of twenty-one other water trails across the nation. All water trails are unspoiled, natural, and accessible waterways, ideal for paddle sports recreation. You can learn more about the Kankakee River water trail at

2023 Meetings and Events




Time: 8:30am-4:30pm

Riverfront Campus
100 College Drive
Kankakee, IL 60901

Thank you to our 2020 Kayak Raffle Sponsors!


Help and Support The PPA Mission

Please consider joining and supporting us with our projects and programs.

Membership fees are tax-deductible. 

$15.00 Annually