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Row, Row, Row Your Boat Down the C-54

Until the Indian River Rowing Club finds a boat house on the Lagoon, it's a case of...

At first glance, it doesn’t look like much. A bumpy, dirt road. A small, steel shed. Steep banks that sink down to tea-colored water. But the members of the Indian River Rowing Club know that their small parcel along the south bank of the C-54 canal, which divides Indian River and Brevard counties, could be the start of something huge. In just its first official year, the rowing club has developed from a high school program into a full community organization dedicated to the sport of rowing.

Headquarters for the club is a one-acre site on T.M. Goodwin Road in Fellsmere, where a dirt-covered boat ramp leads down to the C-54. For several years now this spot has been the training site for several college rowing teams, including Columbia and Michigan. The waterway offers northern college crew teams subtropical climates drenched in golden sunsets with tall banks that help shield the water from the winter winds.

Read the entire article in the January 2010 issue