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 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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Kumu'ohu Challenge 2024
Saturday, April 20

Celebrate the spring thaw with a great day of racing and camaraderie!

This is the WCC-hosted season-opening race of the East Coast Outrigger Racing Association (ECORA) sanctioned OC1/OC2 points series and is part of the Mid-Atlantic SUP racing season. In addition to outrigger and SUP, classes will include surfski, sea kayak, and ICF sprint canoe/kayak.

The 2024 Kumu’ohu Challenge is now part of the 2024 USA COR National Series for the American Canoe Association! Surfski racers can now contribute their race results to their point totals for the season.

7:30-8:45 am:
Boat/board drop off and race check-in
9:00 am: Race Meeting
9:30 am: Race start
12:00 pm: Lunch/Raffle and Silent Auction close
12:30 pm: Award ceremony

Register on Paddle Guru

Registration closes at midnight on Wednesday 4/17/2024. There will be NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION so register now if you plan to race.

Volunteers are essential for the success of this race. We have a range of tasks available (for both racers and non-racers). If you can help out, sign up here.

Parking on Saturday between 7 am and 3 pm will be limited to assigned race volunteers only. The WCC parking area will be prioritized for volunteers and craft loading and unloading. Volunteers will be at the NPS gate to control entry, direct parking, and help with boats. Parking garage information is here. Allow extra time for parking and walking to the race venue.

Bonnie Havens will be serving up a delicious traditional Taco Salad lunch after the race. Lunch is included in the race registration fee. Additional guest lunch passes can be purchased during race check-in for $15 per person.

Throughout the day you can bid on top-quality gear and other must-have items for the discerning paddler. Proceeds go towards the WCC boathouse restoration and supporting the WCC outrigger program. Pay by credit card, cash, or checks made payable to “Friends of the Washington Canoe Club”.

We are seeking donations for the auction and raffle. Show your support and generosity by donating funds or purchasing gear for our silent auction and raffle. All gifts to the Friends of the Washington Canoe Club, a not-for-profit organization, are tax deductible. Our EIN# is 02-0606647. To donate to the fund go to and click on Donate to the Kumu'ohu Auction.

Sponsorship opportunities! If you know of a company or organization that would be interested in supporting us as a sponsor, contact Lisa Man with any referrals or donations.


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Take the WCC 2024 Paddle Fit challenge

The goal is to paddle 1,000 miles or more in 2024!
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:

WCC Hosted zoom Presentation

Birds and Wildlife Along the Potomac

Below is the video recording from DC Department of Energy & Environment wildlife biologist Dan Rauch's, engaging presentation from  Feb. 7 on the abundant birds, fish, and wildlife that we are likely to encounter while paddling the Potomac. Thanks to "Dan the Bird Man" and WCC member Tom Reiter for setting up this event.

WCC's 2022 Sunset Dinner fundraiser

Thank You to everyone who participated, donated and volunteered!

This year's dinner brought the authentic flavors, music, and performance of the Middle East to the docks of the Washington Canoe Club. Thanks to our event sponsors!

The WCC History Book is still available!

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.

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.