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 Heather.
For more information about our programs:
You may join our club at anytime during the year. Please contact us for more information.
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.
When you take one of our Learn-to-Row classes your membership is included in the fee and is good through the end of August. If you want to continue rowing after August you can sign up for either a monthly or annual membership.
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 $400 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.
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.
For experienced rowers and scullers who want to try out the club or are from out of town who want to experience rowing on beautiful Lake Mendota! Trial/Visitor memberships are $50 and are good for one month.
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.