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The Washington Canoe Club has drafted reopening guidance for members and guests. Read the complete list, continue to stay safe, and enjoy the river.

 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?

WCC Team Boat Covid Protocol


On Tuesday, April 6th, the club’s board approved the use of six-person team boats, in line with the following protocol that was proposed by the outrigger steering committee and agreed by the members of the men’s and women’s outrigger teams. (The protocol also applies to non-outrigger team boats larger than 2-person).

The protocol is in line with current WCC, DC, and Federal guidelines, as well as those used by local rowing teams and US Rowing.

Team Boat Protocol:

  1. Get in, train, get out approach;
  2. Don’t come to practice if you are not feeling well;
  3. No shared equipment other than the OC-6s;
  4. Coach maintains a list of people who are fully vaccinated (2 weeks after completing vaccination sequence);
  5. Masks on when on dock or land (use in the boat at individual discretion);
  6. Maintain physical separation as much as possible while on dock and land;
  7. Unvaccinated people paddle in pods (no more than 9 per pod);
  8. Fully vaccinated paddlers may move between pods at the coach’s discretion;
  9. No more than 2 crews loading or unloading at one time;
  10. Boats launched/pulled up by pod (with aid of vaccinated paddlers as necessary);
  11. Team members testing positive for COVID will notify their respective coach and the WCC Board;
  12. In such a situation, the coach will inform the pod members, and any potentially exposed vaccinated paddlers;
  13. Team members testing positive for COVID or with known exposure to someone infected with COVID will follow WCC guidelines on returning to club activities.

General club COVID rules are posted at the club and on the News and Events page.

Thank you,  WCC members for your patience and cooperation with the restrictions in place thus far. They enabled us to keep WCC open throughout 2020. The ONLY boathouse to do so.  With your cooperation, we found the right balance between safety and our use and enjoyment of the club. Let's keep it up!

The WCC History Book is here!

Images of America: Washington Canoe Club
By Chris Brown

The book is available for purchase (all proceeds from the sale will go to the boathouse restoration fund). Or donate $250 or more to the restoration fund and receive a complimentary signed copy.

Head over to our history page and watch Chris Brown's Virtual Book Talk that was given via Zoom on December 3, 2020.

Take the WCC 2021 Paddle Fit challenge

The goal is to paddle 1,000 miles or more in 2021!
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:


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!

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NEW WCC branded items are now available in our seasonal Squad Locker stores!

Show off your club spirit and look good doing it!
In an effort to increase the variety of WCC branded "merch" for members of all ages (including infants and toddlers), the WCC shopkeepers have added new hats, shirts, leggings, bags, bibs, and more into two seasonal Squad Locker stores. Items will be periodically updated and changed, so keep checking back!

Visit the Fall/Winter Store.
Visit the Spring/Summer Store.