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Learn to Row

The Rowing Club of Northwest Arkansas wants you to row with us.  We offer the most affordable and accessible entry to the sport of rowing you will find.  There is a place here for all ages, all levels of experience, or no experience at all.  

We offer a variety of introductory events throughout the year on beautiful Lake Fayetteville.  Just contact us and we will get you on the water.

Novice classes

Novice classes are for beginning rowers who have no experience with Crew or Rowing training. They are held on Saturdays from 8:00am-10:00, or earlier during the heat of the summer. Each set of classes runs for 4 consecutive weeks. Beginning dates are April 27th, June 1st and July 20th, and each session can accommodate 4 participants. Participants will learn the basic principles of sweep rowing and sculling and common terminology used in the sport. Once you have completed the four classes, you are eligible to become a member of the club, and may join the other rowers on Lake Fayetteville as often as you wish.

NOVICE CLASS COSTS: Class fee is $90 for all four classes. Class fees are due prior to the first class. No refunds are given for no-shows or cancellations within 48 hours of the first class.

TO REGISTER: Contact us by email at After contacting us, you can mail a check (payable to Rowing Club of Northwest Arkansas, or simply "RCNA") to: Rowing Club of Northwest Arkansas, P.O. Box 4521, Fayetteville, AR 72704, or go to “Online Payments” to use a credit card. Note that online payments are slightly higher, to offset the club’s expenses for using online commerce.

REQUIREMENTS: Participants 1) must be over 16 years of age, 2) must sign a waiver (link to waiver) and 3) must pass a swim test prior to the second class.

For those who wish to continue their training we offer additional intermediate training immediately following the completion of each session. You will be joined by many club members at this intermediate level, and opportunities for sweep and sculling instruction are available.

CLUB MEMBERSHIP: The yearly membership fee for individuals is $220, or $155 for students. Family rate is the individual rate for the first member, and additional members may join for $105.

team building with rowing

Are you looking for a way to build confidence with your team at work, school or church? The Rowing Club of NWA offers a special half-day clinic geared toward rowing as a team and practicing the art of working together. If you are interested, contact us at for more information and pricing. Ideal team sizes are 4-8 people.




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Calling All Rowers!  

Save the date:


MARCH 2019

SATURDAY ROWING — Open Row, 10:00am-11:30am (Until April 14—see below)

MARCH 23: WORK DAY - 9:00am


APRIL 2019

SATURDAY ROWING — Open Row, 10:00am-11:30am (Until April 14--see below)

APRIL 2: YOUTH ROWING — 3:30pm Haas Hall first day of practice

APRIL 4-7: COMMUNITY EVENT — Joe Martin Stage Race, Fayetteville, AR

APRIL 6: COMMUNITY EVENT — Hogeye Marathon/Half Marathon, Springdale, AR

APRIL 13: COMMUNITY EVENT — Lake Fayetteville Clean-Up 9:00am-12:00pm. Meet at the Lake Fayetteville Science Center.

APRIL 14: Open Row 8:00am-9:30am

APRIL 27: CLASS — 1st Novice Rowing Clinic (Classes are April 27 + May 4, 11 & 18) 9:00am-11:00am

APRIL 27: REGATTA — Lake Shawnee Spring Classic, Topeka, KS

MAY 2019

SATURDAY ROWING — Open Row 8:00am-9:30am

MAY TBD: CLASS — Intermediate Rowing Clinic (registration required)

MAY 18: COMMUNITY EVENT — Square to Square

MAY 21: YOUTH ROWING -- Haas Hall Celebration Sprints

MAY 28: YOUTH ROWING -- Haas Hall Celebration Sprints

JUNE 2019

SATURDAY ROWING -- Open Row, 8:00am-9:30am

JUNE 1: Learn To Row Day (

JUNE 1: CLASS — 2nd Novice Rowing Clinic (Classes are June 1, 8, 15, 22) 9:00am-11:00am

JUNE 9: TBD: REGATTA — B Richie Sprints, Wichita, KS

JUNE 9: COMMUNITY EVENT — Ladies DU Fayetteville Duathlon

JUNE 29 & 30: REGATTA — Stars and Stripes Sprint Race, Oklahoma City, OK

JULY 2019

SATURDAY ROWING — Open Row, 8:00am-9:30am

JULY 16: LAKE FAYETTEVILLE WATERSHED PARTNERSHIP’s Free Event, 6-8 pm, Apple Blossom Brewery. (For details about this event, please see below.)

JULY 20: CLASS — 3rd Novice Rowing Clinic (Classes are July 20, 27, August 3, 10) 9:00am-11:00am


SATURDAY ROWING — Open Row, 8:00am-9:30am

AUGUST 15: LAKE FAYETTEVILLE WATERSHED PARTNERSHIP’s Free Event, 7-8 p.m., Apple Blossom Brewery (For details about this event, please see below.)

AUGUST 27: CLASS — Haas Hall Rowing practice starts


SATURDAY ROWING — Open Row, 8:00am-10:00am

SEPTEMBER 29-30: REGATTA – Head of the Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK


SATURDAY ROWING — Open Row, currently 8:00am-9:30am (Check to see if the time changes! It may change to 9-10:30 as the season progresses.)

OCTOBER TBD: COMMUNITY EVENT — Lake Fayetteville Clean-Up with the Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership


OCTOBER TBD: REGATTA — Six Bridges Head Race, Little Rock, AR


SATURDAY ROWING — Open Row, 10:00am-11:30am

NOVEMBER 4: TBD: REGATTA — Frostbite, Wichita, KS

NOVEMBER 16: COMMUNITY EVENT — Fayetteville Half Marathon, Fayetteville, AR


SATURDAY ROWING — Open Row, 10:00am-11:30am

December 18-January 12: Lake Closed for Holiday (no rowing). Time to erg!


 FREE Event -
Get to Know Lake Fayetteville’s Water Quality!

Hosted by: Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership andthe Rowing Club of NWA
Speaker Mini-Series 2-Part Event | July 16 & August 15

Join us for a community event at Apple Blossom Brewing Company to learn about the water quality of Lake Fayetteville!

Did you know that Lake Fayetteville is listed as a back-up water supply for the region? It’s also a popular recreation destination for locals and visitors alike.

But, the lake is also vulnerable to a variety of
non-point source pollutants such as runoff from urban and agricultural land uses.

Join our two-part event to learn about some of the things that cause water quality challenges for small lakes, how citizen science can help, and local research being done on the lake!

There is potential to establish a citizens advocacy group to champion lake remediation!

The Process of Lake Eutrophication and the Challenge of “Well-Fed” Lakes

Margaret Mead Britain, M.S. Fisheries and Wildlife

How to Start a Stream Team for Clear Creek

Sean Saunders, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Cyanobacteria and Microcystin Concentrations and Variability in Lake Fayetteville

Brian Haggard, PhD, Arkansas Water Resources Center, University of Arkansas

Part 1: Lake Eutrophication and Monitoring Nutrient andSediment Inflows from Tributaries

July 16, 6-8 pm Apple Blossom Brewery

Part 2: Water Quality of Lake Fayetteville

August 15, 7-8 pm Apple Blossom Brewery

Location: Apple Blossom Brewing Company, 1550 E. Zion Rd, Fayetteville, AR
For more information contact: Margaret Britain at 479 236 0926 or

What we do


The Rowing Club of Northwest Arkansas, Inc. is a non-profit club of rowing enthusiasts organized to teach, practice, and promote the sport of rowing in Northwest Arkansas, to encourage a healthy lifestyle, and to foster teamwork in the sport of rowing among people of diverse backgrounds and levels of experience. 





Get Inspired!


Membership to the Rowing Club of Northwest Arkansas entitles the individual the use of the club’s boats and equipment and provides opportunities to row with other members. You may row as often or as little as you choose, with opportunities to improve your skills and to enjoy all the benefits of rowing. In this group, you will find rowers at all levels of experience. Normally, membership is offered after successful completion of novice classes, but experienced rowers may join immediately.

Novice classes allow you to learn the basics of rowing and safety, and give you the skills needed to participate safely in group rows. Over time, you will be able to row outside of the scheduled group rows, and can organize your own schedule, if desired. Novice class fees paid are applied toward that year’s membership fees, if you decide to join.

To join (for experienced rowers) or to sign up for novice classes, contact us at (479) 236-0926. Fees may be paid by cash or check, either directly or by mail, or you can use our online payment page.

(Note that online payments are slightly higher than payments made directly, to compensate the club for additional costs incurred through the online commerce process.)

Direct payment fees are as follows:

Yearly Individual Membership Fee: $220

Each Additional Family Membership: $105

Student Membership Fee: $155

Novice Training (Includes all 4 sessions): $90