About

History:

Spokane River Rowing Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. After a few years of attempts to generate interest in rowing in Spokane, a critical point came in the summer of 2003. The founder of Women on Wheels (WOW) contacted the coaches of Gonzaga Rowing with the idea of providing the community and interested members of the biking club a fun and new form of physically training.

From 2004-2023, Spokane River Rowing Association built an organization of about 50 people who participated in rowing practices on the Spokane River out of the Gonzaga boathouse in partnership with Gonzaga Rowing.

In 2023 SRRA and Gonzaga Rowing mutually decided to become independent of one another in order for SRRA to expand its offerings (especially to youth) and increase its on-water sessions. In order to do that, SRRA requested a separate lease from the Spokane Airport administration (managers of Felts Field). After months of waiting, the airport administration denied SRRA’s lease request. In the meantime, SRRA board members cast a wide net, searching for alternative sites to provide SRRA access to calm water that was large enough and central enough to continue providing rowers in the greater Spokane area a viable place to store our equipment and launch our boats.

In 2023, SRRA secured a permit from the WA State Department of Fish and Wildlife to store our equipment at the public boat launch at the northwest end of Silver Lake in eastern Spokane County. We are grateful for their willingness to expand the recreational uses at this site.

Current Program:

Spokane River Rowing Association’s current home is Silver Lake near the town of Medical Lake, south and west of downtown Spokane about 15 miles. We will offer a 3-day Learn-to-Row course that teaches rowing fundamentals most months May-September. We also plan to offer winter Learn-to-Row and conditioning classes on rowing machines.

For novice (completed a Learn-to-Row course) and experienced rowers, SRRA offers at least 5 days/week organized rowing sessions May-October. Individual rowers may also check out SRRA equipment and set their own rowing sessions. SRRA uses the iCrew app to manage participation, required documents, payments and practice sessions calendaring. See more iCrew information on the Membership tab.

Our Fleet:

We currently own or rent 3 singles, 3 doubles, 1 quad, 2 fours, and 2 eights. We may have room to rent rack space for personally owned shells. We have a custom built 39’ boat trailer, safety equipment, and safety launch with motor. We accept most rowing shell, rowing machine, and oar donations.

Future Plans:

SRRA is a volunteer run organization, and we believe there is a bright future for expanding rowing opportunities in the greater Spokane area. We are completing a strategic plan and hope to expand the organization enough to hire an executive Director who will help build an organization that offers rowing opportunities to youth and adults in the Spokane area who may not have the resources or exposure to participate in what has historically been an elite sport. In order to meet this goal, SRRA’s vision includes securing a rowing venue on the Spokane River in the Millwood area to take advantage of the central location and some of the best rowing water in the inland Northwest! Of course, like every rowing club, we also dream of a boathouse near the water to house the expensive equipment, provide winter training opportunities, and become a resource for community rowing and other non-motorized water activities.