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 accept donations by cash, check, debit or credit card. For a $20 donation during our shows, you will receive a free theme t-shirt for the season available in a variety of sizes from kids to XXL! 

If you would like to make a donation to the Backwater Gamblers, please send a check or money order to:

Backwater Gamblers
5000 44th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201

Your donations may be tax-deductible (please consult your tax advisor for more details).