• Welcome to Vancouver Lake Rowing Club


    Summer Rowing-2017

    Middle and High School

    June 26-August 25

    Practices: Monday - Friday 8-10


    No Experience Necessary


    Cost: $125.00 - for a 3 week session


    Session 1 - June 26-July 14

    Session 2 - July 17-August 4

    Session 3 - August 7-August 25


    Required Paperwork- Information Form, Vancouver Lake Aquatic Center Rowing Waiver, Swim Test (see Forms and Waivers)


    Please email Alan Stewart with any questions. Need based scholarships available

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    KIDS Boating Camp 2017!!

    Planning for Summer

    7-11 year old

    ONLY $125. per a week session!


    Monday- Friday


    Week 1 - June 26

    Week 2 - July 3 (No Camp July 4th)

    Week 3 -July 10

    Week 4 - July 17

    Week 5 - July 24

    Week 6 - July 31

    Week 7- August 7

    Week 8- August 14

    Week 9 - August 21


    Pick your week or weeks and sign up using our online registration page

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    Eagle Scout Project

    Paraplegic rower dock

    The Goal has almost been reached!!!

    Make a donation today!

    Chanslor, a rower at VLRC and a Boy Scout working toward his Eagle Scout award is heading up a project that he has planed out and submitted for approval is a dock for paraplegic rowers here at Vancouver Lake. This dock will have a special U shape and a hand rail type bar across, to make it easier for paraplegic rowers and paddlers to access their boats. In order to pay for materials, I need about $1,500, as soon as possible (the project will take place on July 13th-15th). Please donate at https://www.gofundme.com/vancouver-lake-accessibility-dock.

  • Vancouver lAKE ROWING CLUB



    Vancouver Lake Crew's High School Team is composed of rowers from schools throughout the county. Summer Practice schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8-10.at the VLRC facility on the southwest shore of Vancouver Lake.

    There are many opportunities to race throughout the year. High school rowers have a strong sense of team unity that makes for a fun and successful rowing experience.

    The high school program runs year around with fall, winter, spring, and summer seasons. Spring and fall are racing seasons. Winter is strength training and working on endurance. We row when it rains; plan on getting wet, and bring a change of clothes. Dress in layers.

    Contact Coach Alan

    Middle School Rowing

    Vancouver Lake Crew's Middle School Team is composed of rowers in 6th through 8th grades from schools in Clark County. Focus is on rowing, strength training, and teamwork.

    The Middle School program runs at the same time and with the same fee as the High School program. Summer Practice schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8-10.

    Contact Coach Alan


    Kids' boating camps are held during the summer months. This is an excellent introduction to boating, an opportunity for students aged 7-11 to learn boatmanship in a variety of human powered watercraft. High school and college rowers are the counselors for these camps. Life jackets are provided, but you may bring your own personal flotation device if you wish.

    At Kids Camp, you can learn to row:

    • Canoes
    • Kayaks
    • Row Boats
    • Rowing Shells
    • Dragon Boats

    Collegiate Rowing

    VLRC alumni often return during the summer to row on the lake. Collegiate sweep rowers can take the opportunity to learn how to scull during the summer sessions of rowing.

    Local college students are encouraged to come down and row. If you don't know how to row and would like to learn, you have several options. During the summer months, you can join our college/high school learn-to-row program that is offered through August. If you are interested in another season, contact Coach Alan about taking lessons. Our programs are very flexible and can accommodate most schedules.

    Once you know how to row and are approved to row on your own, dues are $25/month. If you are only going to be rowing a few weeks, we would still appreciate partial payment. Every amount supports the club and the upkeep of the equipment and the facility.

    Contact Coach Alan:

  • adult programs

    Masters Rowing

    For our Master members-- during the winter, spring and fall, Thursday (9:00am) and Saturday (7:30am) are coached rows (summer is Saturday time only). Many master rowers are meeting other mornings during the week if you need help with equipment. Please use the buddy system. Private lessons are also available.


    *Beginning April 2017 Introduction to Master Rowing Classes.

    Classes are open to all adults, no experience needed. Contact Coach Alan to schedule your lessons. $150.00 for 5 sessions.


    Contact Coach Alan for more information

    Dragon Boating

    Looking for a fun and low-impact sport to try? Dragon boating is a fast-growing water sport; we are proud to be the first to introduce it to Vancouver. It is simple to learn and difficult to master. No experience is required. After a quick land lesson, participants will don life jackets, grab their paddles and climb aboard.

    If you are ready to give it a try we invite you to attend one of our weekly team practices. We provide everything you need; please come dressed to be on the water and bring a water bottle.

    We have a friendly group of paddlers who all started out just like you-they just showed up! Contact Jeff Campbell (ph 971-222-3679) of Double Fifth Dragon Boating for more information, practice times, or group activities.


    Vancouver Lake Crew is now Clark County's rowing AND paddling center. The facility is located on the west side of Vancouver Lake--just south of Vancouver Lake Park. There is a great deal to explore right on the lake. There are numerous nooks and crannies that are only accessible by small manually powered water craft. But the lake is also the start of the 32 mile Lewis River-Vancouver Lake Waterway Trail. Pack a lunch! Wait till you see the birds and water fowl!

    You can keep your kayak or stand up paddleboard in our covered, secure storage trailer, and it will be ready and waiting for you.

    Call Coach Alan for more information

  • Support your club

    Pay for sessions, uniforms or make a donation!

    Please direct any questions to vancouverlakecrew@gmail.com

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  • Forms and waivers

    Required Forms for Youth and Adult Activities at VLAC

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    Required for New Rowers

    Child to Adult

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    Required for All New Rowers

    (exception: not for kids boating camp)

    Everyone must submit a signed Swim Test!

    Part of the application procedure involves a swim test waiver. This waiver must be signed by a certified water safety instructor--not just a lifeguard.

    Photo credit: Robert Bejil Productions via VisualHunt / CC BY

    Required for All New Middle and

    High School Rowers

    12-18 years old

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    Required for Competitions

    For Regattas

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    Required for Summer Camps

    Youth 7-11

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    Required for Personal Boats

    Personal Storage or Use

  • Contact Us

    For Questions or Registration these are the folks you need to contact

    Coach Alan - (360) 241-6522.

    Masters, High School, Middle School, Summer Camps and Kayaks

    Jeff Campbell - (971) 222-3679

    Dragon Boating

    Brent Eastes - (360) 213-7591

    Assistant Coach

    Janna Brown - (503) 780-4402

    Dragon Boating

    Mailing Address:

    PO BOX 421

    Vancouver, WA 98666

    Parent Liaison


    Where we are located:

    Just East of Vancouver Lake Regional Park.

    On Erwin O Rieger Memorial Highway, Vancouver, WA 98660


  • About us

    VLAC has an amazing legacy that continues on with your support!

    In Memorian: Bill Kalenius


    The founder of Vancouver Lake Crew, Bill Kalenius, passed away Wednesday September 23, 2009 after battling colon cancer for 6 years.

    "Coach Bill," as most of us knew him, was far more than just a rowing coach. For many of us Bill was a life coach. Coach Bill always said that rowing shouldn't be the first priority in our lives. He viewed things as Faith, Family, Friends, and then rowing. Bill had his priorities straight and throughout his life he touched the hearts of many, many people. Many people were able to see themselves differently and even find purpose in their own lives through rowing, all because of Bill.

    We will all remember Bill as not only an amazing rowing coach, but an amazing man, who put others first and changed lives.

    Mission Statement:

    Vancouver Lake Rowing Club's mission is to serve the youth of our community, adaptive rowers, at risk individuals, and adult rowers by teaching rowing technique, water safety, sportsmanship, teamwork, and stewardship of resources.

    Our 2017 Board

    President: Phil Volz

    Vice President: Sue Hammann

    Secretary: Interim Amber Baker

    Treasurer: LeeAnne Colson

    At Large Board Member: Pasha Spencer

    Parent Liaison: Amber Baker

    Masters Liaison: Sheila Neck

    Dragon Boating Liaison: Jonelle Battaglia

    Trustees: Dane Moseson, Delvan Johnston, and Greg Borchers

    VLRC is a member of USRowing.

    USRowing is a nonprofit membership organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the national governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States.

    Also, we are a member of Portland Vancouver Rowing Association.

    VLRC is a 501c(3) nonprofit

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