The DRC’s highly regarded Junior Rowing Program serves over 100 youth from Duluth-Superior and surrounding areas. The Junior Program is for boys and girls aged 13 years old through the summer they graduate from high school.

Junior rowers practice daily from 8:00-10:00 a.m., Monday-Friday, from the first Monday after school is out until mid-August.

First-year junior rowers attend “Novice Camp” held the first two weeks of practice, from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Monday-Friday. After the two weeks, novices join the rest of the Junior crew at the 8:00 am practice time.

Youth learn to row in all types of boats. Daily practice focuses on rowing technique and fitness with the goal of rowing well and fast. When there is inclement weather, youth train on rowing machines, or “ergs.” Safety boats are out at all times when youth are rowing on the water.

The DRC Junior Crews compete with regional teams and consistently bring home medals from regattas. During a usual season, juniors can compete in 3-5 regattas. Regattas are located in Duluth, Minneapolis, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Kenora, Ontario, and the Northwest International Rowing Association Championship Regatta, which rotates among member clubs. Some juniors also row in the fall in Duluth’s Death Row Regatta and Minneapolis’ Head of the Mississippi Regatta. 

The DRC awards sports letters through the school district for junior rowers who meet specific criteria. Each year, several junior rowers go on to row with colleges and university programs throughout the US; some receive scholarships.

2024 Program Details


No previous rowing experience necessary


June 10, 2024 through mid-August


Monday – Friday
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Novice Camp

For first time youth rowers.
June 10-21
Monday – Friday, 10:30 – noon.

Returning rowers will start on June 10 at 8am-10am. All junior rowers (novices and experienced) will row together starting June 24 8-10am.

Junior Membership Fee:


Scholarships are available. Please contact us to request information. 


June 10 through mid-August


Mid-May through Mid-October

Family includes members living together in the same household.

The Club commits itself to the principle that there shall be no discrimination in the treatment of persons because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or other protected class.

Why do we row?

For the answer to this and other general rowing questions, read our FAQ.