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What is Rowing

Rowing, often referred to as crew in the United States, is based on propelling a boat (racing shell) on water using oars. The sport can be either recreational – focusing on learning the technique of rowing, or competitive – where athletes race against each other and other teams throughout the Midwest. The sport requires strong core balance, physical strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance. In sweep rowing, each rower has one oar held with both hands. This is generally done in pairs, fours, and eights. In sculling, each rower has two oars – one held in each hand. This is generally done in singles, doubles and quads. Racing boats (often called shells) are long, narrow, and broadly semi-circular in cross-section in order to reduce drag.

Who We Are

Lake Leelanau Rowing Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization serving the Greater Grand Traverse area and all Northern Michigan communities. We offer recreational adult and high school competitive rowing, sculling education and sport. On the grounds and lakefront at Fountain Point Resort, Michigan’s oldest waterfront resort and a national historic district, rowers and scullers travel from all over the state, region and country to experience and enjoy Lake Leelanau’s 20 miles of idyllic and highly varied waters.

Our Members

The Lake Leelanau Rowing Club is focused on being a positive role model and contributor toward the community. Our members range from age 12 through their mid-80’s. Through our partnership with the Traverse City Area Public Schools and Learning Enrichment & Activities Program (LEAP) we are excited to bring competitive rowing to Northern Michigan high school students and introduce it to middle schoolers. We have opened our boats to boy scouts looking to earn merit badges, organized workshops to improve teamwork and leadership for adults and corporate groups and we have joined missions with a group of women who have survived cancer and were looking for unity together on the water.

Our Fleet

With over 30 boats ranging from single trainers to eights, as well as Concept 2 rowing machines and free weights for indoor training, we have the largest fleet in Northern Michigan and one of the largest fleets in the state.

Our Lake

Based out of Fountain Point Resort on the northern end of South Lake Leelanau, we have the ability to row over 17,000 meters south or over 12,000 meters north. That’s over 10 miles in one direction and over 7 miles the other! Very few other lakes in the state can compare to the distance and protection from wind offered by Lake Leelanau.

Get Started

Learning to row is easy with our progressive group structure. It all starts with a Learn 2 Row class. You will learn the basics of the rowing stroke on a rowing machine, how to get in and out of a boat and spend about two hours on the water rowing with others. From there we will help you find others interested in forming a boat through our “build-a-boat” group. If you’re interested in competitive rowing, check out our high performance summer Camps & Clinics.