The Cedar River that winds through the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area was the venue for an impressive athletic event in 1980 and has since become home for the Waterloo Rowing Club. In an industrious effort to feature the riverfront resources near the Recreation and Arts Center, the Waterloo Recreation Commission and Friends of Waterloo Rowing orchestrated the First Annual Waterloo Sprints Regatta. That premiere event launched the Waterloo Rowing Club, complete with new equipment, into its spot among the network of Midwest rowing organizations.
Since that induction 39 years ago, the Waterloo Rowing Club has returned the city’s favor by drawing Midwest visitors to annual competitions, maintaining the equipment for steady use by recreational and competitive members, conducting lessons, and providing free opportunities to “Discover Rowing.” The Waterloo Rowing Club, in an agreement with the city of Waterloo, utilizes the boathouse in the Exchange Park area for storage of equipment and operation of activities. In return, the club has provided flood clean up at the boathouse, maintenance of the boathouse and equipment, and youth/adult rowing lessons through the city’s summer recreation programs
The Flood of 2008 destroyed the one level boathouse, there has been a new two story building that replaced it in 2010. The Waterloo Rowing Club uses the bottom of this boathouse for storage and lessons and the Waterloo Center for the Arts rents out space on the upper level of the boathouse for events.
The club lost 90 per cent of it's equipment and rowing shells in the flood. We are currently rebuilding our fleet of rowing shells and recently have received a 501(c)3 Non Profit status.
The Waterloo Rowing Club is a member of U.S.Rowing, the organization which provides services to member clubs for the enhancement of the sport of rowing. Some Waterloo Rowing Club members have had specific additional training including coaches’ training and judge-referee endorsements. The Waterloo Rowing Club is always looking for more rowers both young and old.