XIt is with utmost disappointment that the Backwater Gamblers announce that we will not be able to perform ski shows for our amazing fans at this time. The health and safety of our team members and fans are our primary concern. Due to the current Reopen Illinois phase which mandates social distancing of 6 feet and no large gatherings, it is impossible to perform all the acts you love like our pyramids, doubles, ballet lines, around the boat, and most of our show safely and within these guidelines. As soon as we are able to perform safely again within the guidelines of the state of Illinois, we will absolutely do so and will update our website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and let you know.

As we are a 501(c)3 non-profit and rely solely on donations from our fans and sponsors, if you would like to help support us so we can continue to provide family-friendly, free water ski shows to the Quad Cities in the future, you can donate via PayPal ([email protected]), Venmo (@Backwater-Gamblers), or by mailing a check to Backwater Gamblers, 5000 44th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201. We hope to ski you soon!



The Backwater Gamblers ski site is equipped with bleacher seating to fit crowds of up to 10,000 fans at each show. Lawn chair seating is welcome if you choose not to sit on the bleachers, however the seats with the best view are in the bleachers. Seating is first come, first serve. Handicap seating is also available.



The concession stand offers hot dogs, popcorn, chips, candy bars, ice cream, popsicles, soft drinks, water, Gatorade and various other items. Visit the concession stand before the show starts or anytime through intermission. 



Parking is available throughout the ski site. For the best parking, continue down the gravel road into the ski site past the bleachers to the large main parking area. Please park to accommodate the largest number of cars possible.


Souvenir Programs

Complimentary souvenir programs are available to all of our fans. In the program you will find information about the team, pictures, a full show schedule for the season, and advertisements or even coupons from many of our sponsors. Some of our younger members will be handing out these programs during intermission of the show.


Merchandise Boutique

We have a variety of Backwater Gamblers merchandise for our fans to purchase including t-shirts, tanks, umbrellas, sunglasses, hats, fans, seat cushions, and more! Visit our merchandise trailer at the entrance of the site which accepts cash, credit or debit cards. 


Memorial Brick Sidewalk

The ski site contains a lovely brick sidewalk from the concession stand to the bleacher area. The bricks are engraved with memorials for our loved ones and fans. For a small fee of $50, you can add an engraved brick to our sidewalk for your loved one or your love of the ski team to be immortalized at the Backwater Gamblers ski site. Contact us to order your memorial brick.