About Us

The Des Moines Rowing (DMR) is a 501 (c3) non-profit organization created to promote the sport of rowing in Central Iowa. Founded in 1983, DMR continues to offer its members many opportunities to row, compete, volunteer and socialize.

DMR is governed by a volunteer board and is run by the generous donation of member time, energy, and talents. DMR manages facilities on the Des Moines River and at Gray’s Lake and maintains a complete fleet of racing shells at both locations.

Des Moines Rowing Membership ranges in age from teens (youth) to adults (masters) in their seventies. Any level of experience is welcome! For those new to rowing, DMR has a Learn-to-Row Program and Novice program open to anyone in the Des Moines community.

Since 1983, Des Moines Rowing has hosted the Head of the Des Moines Regatta (HotDM Regatta) on the Des Moines River. One of the oldest and biggest regattas in the Midwest, this three-mile race upstream usually attracts over 30 collegiate and club crews with over 500 competitors from all over the region. The HotDM Regatta has over 70 event entries. DMR also occasionally hosts sprint scrimmages and erg races.

The Des Moines Rowing is a registered member of the United States Rowing Association (USRA). The USRA is the national governing body of rowing.