Backwater Gamblers Show Ski Club

Backwater Gamblers Show Ski Club

  • Water Sport Clubs


5000 44th Street
Rock Island
IL 61201

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Water Sports

  • Waterski
  • Tricks
  • Jump
  • Show Ski
  • Disabled


The Backwater Gamblers Water Ski Club was founded in 1980 with just 14 members and got our name because we used to gamble with our lives by water skiing on the backwaters of the Mississippi River. Our mission is to:

Provide free, quality water ski entertainment to the Quad City area. Become a nationally recognized show competition water ski team.

40 years later, the Backwater Gamblers now ski at the beautiful Ben Williamson Park in Rock Island, IL and have consistently been among the top five show ski teams at the National Water Ski Show Tournament. We are a family-oriented organization with families making up the majority of the club’s 120 members who range in age from 0 to 70. Club members consist of both skiers and non-skiers, all of whom are important to presenting the best water ski show possible.

Additional details

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Available Gear:
Hours of Operation:
Free water ski shows Sundays and Wednesdays at 6:30pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day
Reservations Required:
Water Located On:
Rock River
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