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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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What's New?

SUMMER Prone Paddleboard Information Sessions

The WCC is now the proud owner of a 14’ Bark Paddleboard. We will be holding information sessions on Friday nights at 6:00 pm to get you acquainted with prone paddling (knees and bellies for cross-training and racing). Advanced registration is required.

Anyone who is interested should email Kathy Summers, and let her know if you are an experienced/competitive paddler or a recreational paddler. We will keep each session small and will continue to offer them until everyone who is interested has gone through the process. Paddleboarding is very new to this area and it comes with its own unique challenges and dangers, so any member who wants access to this board must go through an information session. Please feel free to reach out to Kathy for more information about and training in this exciting sport!

pandemic restrictions have been lifted

The CDC and the District have been easing their COVID-related guidance and restrictions. Following their lead WCC will do the same.

Effective immediately, all boathouse restrictions related to the pandemic are lifted, save for these two exceptions: (1) for a little while longer we will not have any large events, and (2) the weight room will remain closed long enough for us to get it set up properly again.

For weight room users, if you borrowed any equipment from WCC, please bring it back ASAP.

Thank you,  WCC members for your patience and cooperation while the restrictions were in place. 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.

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 in its entirety can be found here.

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!

NOAA Tide Schedule

Paddling Weather

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.