Established in 1904, the Washington Canoe Club is a community of volunteers dedicated to preserving, promoting, and engaging in paddlesports on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Canoe Club is the oldest canoe and kayak club in the Washington area as well as one of the oldest and most distinguished in the country. WCC is recognized nationally as a pre-eminent Olympic sprint canoe and kayak facility in the United States, having fielded winning athletes in the games since 1936. Current activities at the Club include both recreational and competitive canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard. Anyone can apply for membership, and we welcome paddlers of all ages and skill levels. We also host community groups and the public at our boathouse, including social and paddling events throughout the year.



Did you know that WCC fields teams of paddlers in national races, competing for Washington D.C.? We're not only competitive - we like to win! WCC athletes are unpaid volunteers who represent D.C. on the water, be it in canoes, kayaks, SUPs or outriggers.

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WCC and its members are committed to bettering the greater Washington D.C. area, the mid-Atlantic region and our local Georgetown community. We share our love and knowledge of paddling with local partners, from veterans groups to preservation organizations.

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Founded in 1904, WCC is the oldest paddling club in the Washington area - built before the Key Bridge! The boathouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a D.C. landmark. And WCC helped pioneer flatwater canoe racing at the 1924 Olympics.

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Save the Canoe Club  

WCC is in the midst of a historic effort to restore our boathouse, which has twice been identified by the DC Preservation League in its annual list of “Endangered Places.”  Learn more about WCC's boathouse, our Boathouse Rehabilitation Committee and make a donation to help us #SavetheCanoeClub for future generations! About Our Boathouse >>