Rowing will change your perspective

Rowing is work, but it’s also joy. As you slide to the catch then drive your oars through the water, you’ll appreciate how much it strengthens your body, you’ll feel the beauty of swinging in sync, and you’ll do it all against the peaceful backdrop of the Grand River.

Club News

Learn To Row Rocks!
Our June LTR class just finished their 5-week session and they did it with flair! We had 16 energetic new rowers who bonded as a team and progressed so much in their technique, focus, and power. We ended our session with a Club Regatta – Our BBB (boats, burgers, and beverages) – that pitted two 8+s and one 4+ against each other in three 400m races. Each race was close and the tension was palpable …
2024 – Bring it on!
The Grand Rapids Rowing Club has been working tirelessly throughout the winter to provide the best rowing experience for its club members, new rowers, and the wider rowing community. On March 23, despite frigid temperatures here in Michigan, we will have our docks in. Our Junior Rowing team has a busy spring season and we want to give them every water advantage possible. We are SO proud and impressed by our amazing Junior coaches and …
April showers bring . . .
As much as we would love to be on the water and not on the ergs, Spring entered West Michigan bringing hundreds of gallons of water with it. Currently, (see what I did there?) our stretch of the river is fast and high. Our boathouse is snug and dry, but there is no way to safely get boats, equipment and rowers to/from the dock. Our Juniors have been conducting land practices in anticipation of their …
Junior Winter Training
There is still time to sign up! Grand Rapids Rowing is hosting a junior winter training program! This program is open to students from any school district in grades 8-12. No experience is necessary and you can try the first week free! Practice starts Tuesday February 14th, 5-7pm at the Grand Rapids boathouse. Register for Junior Winter Training
Club members: join us for the December planning meeting
The 2022 December Planning Meeting takes place this Saturday, December 10, from 8am -12noon at the Phoenix Society Office at 525 Ottawa NW. This is a chance to take part in shaping our 2023 rowing season. All member voices are important in this process so we can represent your needs, ideas and suggestions. Quick Peek at the Agenda: 1. Current State of the Club (Where are we now?)2. Set specific goals (Where do we want to …
Bye bye, dock!
We say this every year, but it really does take a village on Dock Out Day! ? This past Saturday there was plenty of heavy lifting, problem solving, drilling, muddy boots and pants, as well as cleaning and organizing. This year we also had people stoking the campfire, disassembling an old dock, cutting up a damaged shell and trying to get the muck off the dock pieces as they came in. As much as we …
“The reunion row was awesome!”
That's a direct quote from one of our members about last night's row. It was chilly but the rain held off so we were able to get an 8 and a 4 on the water. Coach Chris worked his culinary magic and grilled some amazing burgers and sausage. it was great to see some rowing friends who haven't been on the water in months or years!Thank you to everyone who joined us!
We rocked the Head of the Rock!
Our Women’s Competitive Team had a great showing at the 2022 Head of the Rock. WM4+ 2nd Place, WM2x 1st Place, and WM4x 1st Place. Congratulations to the team!
Reunion Row 2022
Whether you have rowed with us in the past, participated in our LTR classes this summer, or you're currently a full member . . . we would LOVE for all to join us for our Reunion Row 2022. This will be a fun night of reconnecting with each other, enjoying the sport of rowing (3 fun 500m races), and sharing food and beverages afterward. We're hoping to get 8s and 4s out on the water! We know …

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We offer three summer Learn to Row Days and LTR sessions in our summer/fall seasons. Sessions are open to rowers of all levels and registration will open soon.


Looking to start rowing or jumping back into the sport? We always welcome new members to join us on the river. Login to iCrew to register for club membership.


Our High School and Masters teams compete in several regattas during the spring, summer and fall seasons. High School Fall starts in August and Masters begins in May.

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