Bay Area Rowing Club

Established in 1988, the Bay Area Rowing Club of Houston (BARC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of rowing in the Houston/Clear Lake area. Members of the club row on Mud Lake, a nature preserve within the Armand Bayou watershed. In addition to rowing on Mud Lake, adjacent rowing destinations of interest include Taylor Lake, Egret Bay, South Shore Harbor, and Kemah; all of which are accessible from Mud Lake by way of Clear Lake. The BARC boathouse is located in Clear Lake Park (north side of the park), near the Johnson Space Center, on the southeast side of Houston. BARC is a member of the United States Rowing Association.

BARC offers members the opportunity to row sweep and scull. The club owns eights, fours, quads, doubles, pairs, and singles, and also can provide storage for privately-owned boats. We also offer both sweep and sculling classes, as well as frequent, inexpensive 'Try It, You'll Like it' sessions for those new to rowing. Members' rowing objectives range from recreation to competitive racing.

Map & Directions

The BARC Boathouse is located on the North side of the North half of Clear Lake Park, as indicated by the red arrow below.

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From Downtown Houston, take I-45 South, and then take the NASA 1 Bypass East Exit, #24. Continue traveling east down NASA Parkway for ~6.5 miles to 5001 NASA Parkway and keep proceding to Clear Lake Park Road, which has a labeled address of 5002 NASA Parkway. Turn left at Clear Lake Park Road, into Clear Lake Park. Once in the park, turn right (one-way). Drive past the Bay Area Community Center, and then park along/near Mud Lake. The boathouse is located near the lake; look for our sign near the boathouse, Bay Area Rowing Club.

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Learn-to-Row Class Coordinator:

Regatta Coordinator:



Our members row in the mornings and evenings, seven days a week. If you would like to contact us in person, the best time/chance to catch us would be before and/or after our morning row on Saturdays. Between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Feel free to stop by!

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Bay Area Rowing Club
Clear Lake Park
5001 NASA Parkway
Seabrook, TX 77586

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Bay Area Rowing Club
P.O. Box 580374
Houston, TX 77258-0374

Board of Directors

Nigel Millard
Vice President
Anne Bertelsmann
Lauren Schultz
Joyce Furono
Members At Large
Susie Jones
Peter Christie
Kathryn Wranischar
Jared Null

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