The Milwaukee Rowing Club boathouse is located at 1990 N. Commerce Street between Pleasant and Humboldt, just north of downtown, in the Beerline neighborhood on the west bank of the Milwaukee River. Club members row in the Milwaukee harbor estuary including the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers. Generally, some part of this area is rowable every day from March to November.
The fundamental principle of the Milwaukee Rowing Club is to provide to the community, at minimum cost, the broadest possible access to rowing as a recreational and competitive sport. The boathouse is a Spartan facility, and a Club principle is to have enough equipment to accommodate both interests equably. Club members regularly compete in regattas from the San Diego Crew Classic in April to the Head of the Charles in Boston in October and equipment is acquired and maintained to be suitable for such competition. First quality boats also enhance the aesthetics of a gentle cruise on the water. Many new rowers who joined for recreation discover an interest in racing in club or master's regattas.
Current Milwaukee Rowing Club members include men and women, ages ranging from 14 to 70. Some learned to row as "late-bloomers." Some rowed as collegians. Some have been members of the U.S. National Team. One member rowed on the U.S. Olympic Teams in 2000 (Sydney, Australia) and 2004 (Athens, Greece). Some members compete. Some just like going for a paddle on the water.
The Club is also the home of The Marquette University Crew team which was started in 1991, and the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) Crew team which was started in 2007.
The Club is a member organization of the United States Rowing Association, the national governing body for Olympic rowing, one of the original Olympic sports of the modern era.
The Milwaukee Rowing Club has been continuously incorporated since 1914 as a non-profit Wisconsin membership corporation. Club officers are elected by a board of nine directors who are elected by the adult members for three-year terms. Three directors are elected each year. The Club is qualified as a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and donations to it are tax deductible.