Come enjoy our 8-mile stretch of the Merrimack River & learn what ERA is all about! Annual membership to ERA is $50 per year, members may hold office and vote at Club meetings.


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, background, orientation, and levels of physical ability. We are an inclusive organization made stronger by our diversity!

Annual membership is required to participate in any adult rowing programs, and includes many additional member benefits at the Club: access to facility buildings, ergs, Club boats and oars, and logbook sculling (subject to proficiency test). We highly encourage members to participate in at least one program per year: Masters Sweep, Sculling Clinic, Winter Training, and more options.

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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Membership Requirements

Because we’re a 100% volunteer-run organization, we ask that all members chip in to help run the club by participating in the following activities:

  • Opening and closing the boat house seasonally
  • Helping to run regattas hosted on-site
  • Assisting in the daily upkeep of the facility
  • Watching US Rowing safety videos
  • Keeping current with membership dues (18+)
  • Serving on ERA committees

We expect all ERA members to contribute to the common good of the Club, cooperate with each other, and keep all equipment, storage areas, and premises in good working order. Use of the Club and boats is subject to responsibility for damage due to negligence.

Rack Space

Rack rental for singles and doubles is available for the 2019 season.

Rack space is individually assigned to each boat owner. Essex Rowing uses racks made by Focus Rack Systems. These racks are designed for safety and versatility. For more information, please email us at

Join Essex Rowing

To row with Essex Rowing Association, you must be a member of the Club. The only exception to this rule is for community access programs such as Learn-To-Row programs, which afford the general public opportunities to learn sculling and sweep rowing without commitment.