The Des Moines Rowing Club (DMRC) is a 501c3 non-?profit organization created to promote the sport of rowing in Central Iowa. Founded in 1983, DMRC continues to offer its 150+ members many opportunities to row, compete, volunteer and socialize. DMRC is governed by a volunteer board and is run by the generous donation of member’s time, energy and talents.
DMRC has facilities at the Des Moines River and Gray’s Lake. Club membership ranges in age from teenagers (juniors) to adults (masters) in their seventies. Any level of experience is welcome! For those new to rowing, DMRC has a novice or Learn-?to-?Row Program for anyone in the Des Moines community.
Since 1983, the Des Moines Rowing Club has hosted the Head of the Des Moines Regatta (HotDM Regatta) on the Des Moines River. One of the oldest and biggest regattas in the Midwest, this three-?mile race upstream usually attracts over 30 collegiate and club crews with over 500 competitors from all over the region. The HotDM Regatta has over 70 event entries and is named a ‘National Standard Regatta’ by the United States Rowing Association’s Judge Referee Corps. We also host occasional sprint scrimmages and erg races.