The Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association was created to return the sport of rowing to the area.Recreational & competitive rowing opportunities are available to area high school, collegiate, & adult persons and public Learn-to-Row events are held regularly. Following the example of these two historical teams, the Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association was created to return the sport of rowing to the area. Today, the Association continues to educate the public on the benefits of rowing as a community resource and as a preferred form of recreation, teamwork training, and healthful conditioning of the mind and body.
The Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association
, founded in December 2005, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the return of the sport of rowing to Chautauqua Lake and the Chadakoin River.
Recreational and competitive rowing opportunities are available to area high school, collegiate, and adult persons. Public Learn-to-Row events are held regularly throughout the spring, summer, and fall.
The CLRA's competitive rowers have competed and won medals at several small and large regattas throughout the northeast. Recreational rowers frequently enjoy spectacular sunset views from the lake and Chadakoin River. The CLRA is developing plans for hosting an annual rowing regatta called the "Head of the 'Koin", which will cover a 3 mile course of Chautauqua Lake finishing at Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celeron, NY.
Between the 1870's and the 1930's rowing was the most popular sport on Chautauqua Lake, fueled by two competitive rowing clubs, the Chadakoin Club (which later formed into the Chautauqua Lake Yacht Club) and the Chautauqua Club (organized at the Chautauqua Institution). Since rowing disappeared as an organized sport on the lake in the 1930's, single shells were all that remained to keep the memory alive, as they are occasionally seen sculling on either end of the lake.