Y Quad-Cities Rowing: Sylvan Boathouse

QC Rowing: A Rich History

In 1874, a group of men in Moline formed a rowing club, naming it the “Sylvan Boat Club.” Then, in 1884, as a result of their success in Midwest regattas, a group of investors formed “The Moline Regatta Association” for the purpose of holding annual regattas. Investors included S.H. Velie, C.H. Deere and John Deere. Their regattas attracted over 5,000 spectators and crews from all over the Midwest.

The spirit of this sport continued to live through the Quad City Rowing Association. In 2010, QCRA merged with the Two Rivers YMCA. The spirit and the sport has continued to grow even stronger.

Junior and Master rowers compete nationally each year and have placed Junior rowers in international events. Row the Miss Regatta is held in the fall of  each year and has drawn teams from around the Midwest. Recently an adaptive rowing program has been added that features individuals with disabilities who learn to row.  They also have competed in national events.

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Best Access and Parking Areas

Access to the Mississippi River and the Sylvan Slough is from a low launch dock with a paved walking path from the boathouse. Nearby on street parking is available.

Rules and Regulations

YMCA membership is required for the use of the boathouse facility and an additional activity fee is required for use of the rowing boats. Seasonally, stand-up paddle boards and kayaks may be rented by the public.

Accessibility Notes

There is public access to the Mississippi River. The dock and boathouse are owned and maintained by the Two Rivers YMCA. Handicapped parking is nearby and the dock is accessible by wheelchair.

Pet Friendly Notes

This area is pet friendly.

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