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As of June 1, 2020, Washington, D.C. is under a 7 p.m. curfew order. The boathouse will close at 7 p.m. as long as the order is in effect.
The Washington Canoe Club is closed for all social activity, group practices, and team workouts until further notice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Competition. Community. History.

Established in 1904, the Washington Canoe Club is a community of volunteers passionately dedicated to preserving, promoting and engaging in paddlesports on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. WCC’s boathouse, over a century old, is an iconic historic landmark serving as a base for its members to train for competition, paddle for recreation, and host community, educational and charitable groups.

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What's New?

D.C. citywide curfew includes wcc

As of June, 1, 2020, D.C. is under a 7 p.m. curfew order from Mayor Bowser. Accordingly (and sadly), the boathouse is closed at 7 p.m. as long as the order is in effect (should the time change under the order it changes for us, too, of course).
From a practical perspective you should leave the club in time to get home or out of the District.
We will update this information as the situation unfolds.

New Rules for WCC During the COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency

Fitness and getting outdoors will be more important than ever in the coming months, and we believe that risk can be minimized if everyone adheres to new safety rules outlined in the letter circulated to members by the Board of Governors. These restrictions are about far more than reducing personal risk. It’s part of a critical social contract to protect the larger community, the vulnerable, and the health system. 
All races and social events are canceled until further notice. For those events that are further out we will decide later but consider it likely that there will be no events this spring, and possibly into the summer or longer.
Members will be notified of updates as the situation unfolds.
The new rules are posted at the club and on the News and Events page.

Take the WCC Inaugural Paddle Fit challenge

The goal is to paddle 1,000 miles or more in 2020!
While the challenge was created with non-racing members in mind, it is open to any member who wants to take it on and is willing to log their mileage throughout the year.
To register: Sign up in the book outside the weight room and track your mileage on the pages provided. Any paddle powered craft of choice is fine (SUP, OC, canoe, kayak, etc. or a combination). Mileage paddled in team boats or off-site can be included.
If you have further questions, please email:

Boathouse Rehabilitation Update

Planning began in January on the next phase of WCC's ongoing story, and there are roles for every WCC member to be involved. Boathouse rehabilitation planning, ground and facilities preparation, and fundraising efforts will soon commence. As a volunteer-driven club, your engagement in the path forward will be essential to us all. Please begin to consider in which effort(s) you will take part.


December 12, 2019, is now a milestone day in the history of our 115-year-old club. Never before has the WCC had a tenure agreement for more than 5 years. Today our home is secure until 2080!

New boats & boards added to the fleet for 2020

In 2019 the club acquired two new 14.5' touring kayaks from Dagger. The Stratos model is designed to be enjoyed by beginners through advanced paddlers. It's a stable and maneuverable boat that still has surprisingly good speed. An adjustable drop skeg aids tracking (going straight) in crosswinds. If members like this sort of boat we will get more!

NOAA Tide Schedule

Paddling Weather


Show off your club spirit and look good doing it!

Show off your club spirit and look good doing it!
Visit the new WCC Store!