The objective of the United States Canoe Association, Inc. is to encourage the growth of paddling as a recognized competitive sport and beneficial recreational activity through educational programs that will enable persons to enjoy paddlesports in natural valued settings that promote conservation, safety, fitness, good mental health and participation in family and community life to the fullest extent possible.

The United States Canoe Association is a nationwide community of canoe and kayak racers who race hard, train hard, and know how to have fun. The USCA is dedicated to this lifetime sport and wants to help you meet your paddling goals.

We believe it is our role to provide the general public with FUN paddlesport opportunities. Make paddling education and instruction accessible.  We want to Improve access to all paddling venues and expand paddlesport to people of all abilities and to the underserved.

The USCA wants to promote paddlesports competition at the local, regional and national levels by creating strategic alliances with clubs and other organizations that represent the outdoor experience in order to expand awareness and knowledge of paddlesport.  We strive to communicate the benefits of canoeing, kayaking, rafting and stand up paddleboarding as healthy lifetime recreation activities.

The heart of the USCA is the people who paddle, cherish and protect the rivers, lakes, streams, bays and oceans of the United States and beyond.

2021 Ohio Division of the USCA Officers are:


Vice President




Competition Chair

Website Chair

Social Media Chair

Mary Jo Monte-Kaser

Ed Leszek

Doug King

Larry Latta

Bill Corrigan

Bill Corrigan

Dan Mecklenburg

Larry Latta

Interested in Volunteering?

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Join the USCA

Anyone interested in the sport of Marathon Canoe Racing in Ohio is welcome to follow us here at OhioPaddler.com. We strongly encourage all our followers to join the USCA. USCA MEMBERSHIP runs from January 1st to December 31st regardless of when you pay. In order to keep the cost of being a member low, we need members to renew yearly; even if you can’t attend one of the two national Championships for the year the organization still needs your support. Your money goes to awards, mailings, printing and distributing Canoe News, as well as supporting internationally competitive. Athletes and Parathletes. What it is not used for is any paid staff. We are a completely volunteer-run organization.