Bay City Rowing Club

About Bay City Rowing Club

Bay City Rowing Club (BCRC) is a non-profit community rowing organization with a mission to promote rowing as a healthy and rewarding activity for people of all ages. Founded in 1989, we continue to teach and develop rowing skills to new and experienced rowers in the Great Lakes Bay area and beyond.

Our club offers some of the best rowing in the Midwest. We are located on Middlegrounds Island in Bay City on the gentle Saginaw River. Members and program participants are rewarded with perfect flat-water rowing opportunities, great instruction and amazing scenery.

BCRC provides rowing opportunities to the entire region, including:

  • training programs for new rowers
  • recreational rowing
  • competitive racing
  • boat storage
  • social activities

Our rowing season typically begins in April and ends in November. Exact dates are determined depending on weather and river conditions.

Membership is open to anyone. Details on membership levels and fees can be found on the Membership page.

About our Boathouse and Rowing Center

Bay City Rowing Club’s recently renovated multi-colored boathouse provides storage and exercise facilities for club members and class participants. We house a full set of rowing shells for various uses including recreational rowing and regatta racing. The club regularly used our boathouse for fun social activities for members, including cookouts and get-togethers.

Public Canoe and Kayak Launch

Our site and dock are owned by the City of Bay City and are accessible for public use. In 2015, in partnership with the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy, a new concrete kayak and canoe launch was installed between the boathouse and our dock which added an easy access point for paddlers that want to explore the Saginaw River. The river offers a relaxing paddle and beautiful scenery, and we highly encourage community members to take advantage of our access point to enjoy the water!

Boathouse Rentals

Unfortunately, we are not able to rent our boathouse for public use (although we agree that it is beautiful location!). We hope you are able to find another location for your needs.


Questions about BCRC or our rowing programs can be submitted through the email form on our Contact page

Physical Address

350 West Lafayette Avenue
Bay City, MI 48706

(Across from the Boys & Girls Club
of the Great Lakes Bay Region)

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 615
Bay City, MI 48707-0615



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