The Rocky Mountain Rowing Club (RMRC) is the largest and oldest chartered 501(c)3 rowing organization in the Rocky Mountains. Located in Denver, we have a growing membership, each of whom, with certification, is entitled to responsibly row any boat in the boathouse at any time the weather and water conditions permit.
The boathouse is on the southwest shore of Cherry Creek Reservoir, in Cherry Creek State Park, in the suburbs south of Denver, near the confluence of I-25 and I-225 (enter via the West Entrance). Our programs extend from beginning Learn-to-Row through international competitive training. While rowers can use club equipment at any time, the bulk of our rowers launch starting at 5:30 AM, seven days a week, during the rowing season.
The rowing venue.
The reservoir at Cherry Creek State Park is over 800 acres. There are stretches of 700m, 1200m, a measured mile, and a 4500m circuit. Conditions vary from flat calm to whitecaps, with wakes from numerous powerboats and jet skiers depending on the day of the week. For a current report on wind and water conditions INCLUDING water temperature – very important when it drops below 55° – click here.
For competitive rowers.
There are usually at least a half-dozen local and regional competitions each summer. RMRC members have medalled at US and Canadian Masters Nationals Sprints and Head Races, Pan American Games, and World Rowing Championships. RMRC boats at one time or another have held the course record at the Head Of The Charles regatta.
In 2022, RMRC is happy to host it’s first USRowing-sponsored regatta coming up on October 9, 2022.
Memberships are available for individuals, families and students. We welcome visiting rowers who are active members of other clubs according to standard reciprocity practices.
We offer programs for Novices, Intermediates and Advanced/Competitive rowers. Sign up for the 2022 season begins early spring via the RegattaCentral enrollment page. You must have a basic familiarity with rowing to enroll; we offer first-time rowers the instruction needed in Learn To Row group and private instruction.
Learning To Row
We offer Introductory group lessons every spring for those new to the sport of rowing. There is currently a somewhat lengthy list of eager participants, but once the waitlist reopens you can add your name here.
High School aged rowers…
are encouraged to contact our sister club, Mile High Rowing Club, for more information geared towards junior level rowers.
What is Rowing?
Rowing is a quiet, non-polluting, strenuous self-propelled, wakeless sport. It is considered an ideal physical conditioning activity, as it utilizes all major muscle groups, and combines many of the most advantageous cardiovascular attributes of both aerobic exercise and weight training. As a result, rowers share with cross country skiers the distinction of being, statistically, the highest-conditioned athletes of any popular competitive sport.
The Rowing Community.
Rowing is a social sport as well, with male, female and mixed boats that range from single-seat, pairs/doubles, fours/quads and eight person shells. Recreational rowers of both genders can expect to participate in this non-impact sport their entire active lives. Competitive rowers can participate in domestic and international Masters events that are organized by age and/or handicapped for athletes up to 90 years old.
In addition to rowing, RMRC is committed to water stewardship and conservation. RMRC is building a collection of resources for members who are interested in taking action in local stewardship efforts.