Welcome to the New Essex Rowing Association

Essex Rowing Association is a newly-formed, member-run organization committed to bringing rowing opportunities and excellence in rowing back to the diverse communities along the Merrimack River. Building on the positive heritage of the former Essex Rowing Club, the new Essex Rowing Association brings fresh perspectives, coaching, and opportunities to the Methuen site that sits in the middle of the eight mile stretch of river running between Dracut and Lawrence.

Essex Rowing Association:

Rowing For Everyone

ERA is a rowing club that believes the benefits of recreational appreciation for the Merrimack River as a valuable natural resource should be available to everyone.


Our athletic programs offer the ability for every person, no matter their age or experience level, to get out on the water and row. ERA has competitive & recreational programs to suit all rowers.


Essex Rowing Association is for everyone, both aspiring and experienced rowers of all ages, levels, and abilities. Come enjoy our 8-mile stretch of the Merrimack River & learn what ERA is all about!


Help us grow our 100% volunteer-run non-profit organization! Your tax-deductible gift supports the wide-ranging programs at ERA and helps keep them affordable and open to all.

ERA Membership

Interested in becoming a member?

Essex Rowing Association is committed to bringing rowing opportunities and excellence in rowing to the diverse community of the Merrimack River and the larger Methuen area. The Club is a volunteer-directed, non-profit, educational organization offering rowing instruction for people of all ages, income, and levels of physical ability. Annual membership is required to participate in any adult rowing programs, and includes many additional member benefits at the Club.

Member Resources

Club By-laws
ERA is a member run organization.  Our by-laws define how the club is to be run and outlines the responsibilities of members and leadership.

ERA By-laws



Swim Test
All athletes are required to take a swim test to gauge their proficiency and comfort in the water.
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Sculling Proficiency
All logbook scullers need to exhibit sculling proficiency before putting their or a club boat in the water.

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