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Adult Programs

Mendota Rowing Club has a long tradition of rowing at both the competitive and recreational levels of sweeping and sculling.  Many members have rowed at collegiate programs all over the country. Mendota Rowing also has a number of 'home grown' members who get hooked on rowing after completing one of our Learn to Row classes. Thanks to its diverse membership base, there is a level of rowing to suit everyone. 

If you are not sure which program is best for you contact Coach Danielle.

For more information about  our programs:

Advanced Rowing

Competitive Rowing

Novice Rowing


Learn To Row

Winter Training

You may join our club at anytime during the year. Please contact us for more information.

Junior Programs

Mendota Rowing Club has an elite juniors rowing program limited to 8 people. We are currently accepting applications. If you are a middle school student who wants to row, please contact our friends at Camp Randall Rowing Club.

Membership Levels

Mendota Rowing Club strives to make rowing accessible and affordable for all those who wish to participate. We offer a variety of membership options to accommodate every budget and time-frame. Note that all members must take and pass a swim test. However, if you are currently a collegiate rower you may provide MRC written proof of your swimming ability from your college coach in lieu of MRC's swim test. Also keep in mind that Mendota Rowing Club is an organization primarily run by its members, thus we depend heavily on all members to commit to a certain amount of volunteer hours each year. Read more about how you can help out here.


This includes scullers and sweep rowers who wish to participate in coached practices:

 Annual (Valid thru May 14, 2018)
 Monthly (payable on the 1st of each month)
 Winter Only
 Includes coached erg sessions from 11/15/18 - 3/15/19


This membership fee structure is for all rowers who recently completed a Learn-to-Row class. The membership fees vary depending on the completion date of your class. Novice membership is valid thru May 14 of the following year and includes winter training.

Membership fee for Novices depend on when you graduate from Learn to Row.

 If you complete Learn to Row in:
 May 2019
 June 2019
 July 2019
 August 2019

If you complete a Learn to Row class in 2019 you may also choose to pay your Adult Novice membership on a monthly basis for $60 a month through October. If you choose this option and want to row with us in the winter you will be asked to pay the $160 winter membership fee.


The membership for scullers wishing to row out of the boathouse without taking part in any coached practices.

Membership is valid for one year, thru May 14..

The cost is $300 for the year.

Water temperature must be at or above 55 degrees to row independently. For this level of membership you must also pass a skills test and a flip test.

Please see our Sculling page for more information.

Coxswain membership

Coxswains may join the club at no cost. If you are an experienced coxswain, please sign up. If you can commit to cox an average of two practices per week throughout the season you are entitled to a free coached membership.

Not an experienced coxswain but interested in becoming one? Please contact us.

Trial and Visitor Memberships

Trial Membership

For experienced rowers living in Madison who are interested in trying out the club before joining. Trial memberships are $30 and are good for one month.

Visitor Membership

For experienced rowers and scullers from out of town who want to experience rowing on beautiful Lake Mendota! Visitor memberships are $30 and are good for one month.

Insurance Reimbursement

Mendota Rowing Club rowers can earn a payment/reimbursement through our club's participation as a participating health club in four health insurance wellness plans. We participate in the plans for Dean, Group Health Cooperative, Physicians Plus, and Unity Healthcare. The specifics for each plan can be found at:

Dean Care: www.deancare.com - Wellness Incentive Now!

For members of Dean Care, submit proof of payment of Mendota Rowing Club membership to the insurer to receive reimbursements.

Physicians Plus: www.pplusic.com - Good Health Bonus!

For members of Physicians Plus, submit proof of payment of Mendota Rowing Club membership to the insurer to receive reimbursements.

Group Health Cooperative: ghcscw.com - Exercise for Excellence!

Members of Group Health Cooperative may earn one payment per year by demonstrating attendance of at least 120 times during the year. When 120 times of attendance have been recorded, members of GHC have to print and fill out the form for reimbursement and give to MRC's Insurance Reimbursement Coordinator Anna Rusk to sign. The rower will have to mail the completed form to GHC for reimbursement. 

Attendance sheets are posted on the bulletin board at the boathouse, and rowers need to record the days he/she participates in practice.

For any questions, contact info@mendotarowingclub.com.

Rack Rental

We often have rack rental spaces available to store your single in the boathouse. The yearly cost is $300 (May 15 to May 14).

Please contact us to see if there is rack space available or be put on the waiting list.

Mailing Address:
PO Box 646
Madison, WI 53701

Boathouse Address:
622 E Gorham St
Madison, WI

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