We row for recreation, exercise and pleasure
Founded in 1916, the Oakland Women's Rowing Club is the oldest ongoing women’s whaleboat rowing club in the country. Also known as Ladies of the Lake, members range in age from the fifties into the nineties. We row with enthusiasm—for the exercise, for the camaraderie, for fun, and for the pleasure of being on the water in the midst of the beautiful surroundings and the wildlife on Oakland’s Lake Merritt.
The Club’s objective is:
To foster the love of the outdoors, to promote team spirit, and to promote the art of rowing among the women of Oakland and the Greater Bay Area
The Club attracts a diverse membership, both ethnically and geographically. New members are always welcome, and the Club maintains a waiting list for those it cannot immediately accommodate.
We row for an hour almost every Wednesday morning throughout the year, mostly starting at 10am (sign in by 9:30). During the summer months, an additional 8:30am row is often on the schedule. The Club meets monthly, on the first Wednesday of the month at 11am, followed by lunch arranged and frequently prepared by Club members.