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!

Support Us

The Backwater Gamblers provide FREE waterski shows to the Quad Cities. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and none of the members receive pay to perform. The Backwater Gamblers rely solely on the support and funding from the community and fans to perform our ski shows. 





Thank You 

The Backwater Gamblers would like to extend a very special thank you to the following organizations for their generous grants to the Backwater Gamblers to continue to help improve the ski shows and site:
Organization Grant given for Year
Regional Development Authority New bleachers 2018
Rock Island Community Foundation New skis 2015
Davenport Jaycees Bleachers 2014
Community Foundation of the Great River Bend  New wetsuits 2013
Moline Foundation Additional bleachers 2012
Community Foundation of Great River Bend New safety boat 2011
Rock Island Community Foundation Additional bleachers 2010