Quiet Water Society

The Quiet Water Society (QW Society) is a non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) corporation. It was founded to:

  • educate the public and encourage participation in non-motorized outdoor recreation
  • promote public concern for the water resources of the Great Lakes region
  • support environmental stewardship and conservation of natural resources
  • plan and execute annual and special events for any or all of these purposes.

Since 1996, this group of unpaid volunteers has organized and sponsored the Quiet Water Symposium (QWS) as its primary tool for achieving its mission. Our primary source of revenue is from Symposium ticket sales and commercial vendor fees. We are proud to offer non-profit groups their booth space on a no charge basis.

Besides covering the costs incurred in producing QWS, we have been able to make grants to several environmental and conservation efforts. In 2014, we made a substantial donation to the Access Recreation Group, LLC. This group is working to help implement recommendations in the Lake Michigan Water Trail Plan through promotion of “Great Lakes Trail Towns.” By putting dollars back into our waterways, we hope to sustain paddling opportunities for all forever.

If you would like to know more about the Quiet Water Society, you are welcome to attend one of our meetings as posted on this website. Everyone is welcome.