What it’s like to row at PBC

PBC is located on the Multnomah Channel, the best rowing water in the area. Our boathouses are literally on the water which means there is a 30 second carry to the river with no ramps or steps. We have men’s and women’s restrooms with showers plus several ergometers and some weights available for members’ use.  Our club boats include recreational shells as well as racing singles, a double, and a quad. A potential member should have sculling experience and be comfortable in a single or double, as well as being self-sufficient in getting their boat on and off the rack and launched.  Although members communicate with each other and plan to meet when they wish, we have no coached rows or assigned rowing hours, so it isn’t uncommon to be rowing alone.   Members are expected to exercise good judgment as to weather and river conditions prior to going out for a row.


PBC sometimes sponsors sculling clinics with area coaches. Please check back for upcoming clinics.


Contact the boatmaster about 1x and 2x space availability.

As a member you can rent space in the boathouse. Our boathouse can house singles, doubles, quads/fours on a space available basis. Moorage fees, like membership dues, can be paid either on a quarterly, bi-yearly, or yearly basis. Regardless of the payment plan selected, moorage fees amount to $42.50 per month per boat. Contact the boatmaster regarding moorage and the treasurer regarding a payment plan.

Dues and Obligations

Active members pay $200 a year. In addition, members are expected to put in at least 8 hours of work a year to help maintain club equipment and facilities. Members are also expected to put in about 8 hours a year helping out at regattas at Vancouver Lake.

All members must have completed and signed the following forms: PBC Membership FormPBC checklist, and PBC Safe Sport Policy. Please submit signed forms to the club secretary or place in folder by log book in boathouse.

Members also need to have a signed  Portland Boat Club Waiver  on file. if you race, you’ll also need to sign a USRowing waiver available on the USRowing website. PBC club code is J4GVS.

Waivers and Forms

Club Bylaws

Portland Boat Club is a mutual benefit corporation organized under the Oregon Nonprofit Corporation Act to promote and participate in the competitive sport of rowing. See our Bylaws for more information.