Covered Bridge Regatta

  • Hosted By: Oregon Association of Rowers
  • 2016 Registered Regatta

Trophy winners for 2014:

Collegiate Points: Western Washington University

Junior Points Trophy: Bainbridge Island Rowing Club

Ed Offchiss Trophy (Men's M Single): Chuck Otis (WRC)




Register between March 1st and March 31st

The Covered Bridge Regatta

Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13, 2014


Sponsored by

Oregon Association of Rowers

South Eugene HS Crew

University of Oregon Crew


Time:  Saturday Coaches' and Coxswains' Meeting 6:15 AM.  First Race 7:20 AM.

Sunday First Race 7:30 AM.


Place:  Dexter Lake, 20 minutes east of Eugene on Hwy 58

Races:  2000 meters Junior, Collegiate; 1000 meters Masters


Cost:  Entries received and paid by March 31st: $10 per seat (singles $20, coxswains free)

Additionally, we must collect an Oregon State Parks Usage fee of $2.00 per athlete.


Late entries & fees will be accepted only on a space-available basis and at 1.5x the original fee ($15 per seat, $30 for singles).

Ed Offchiss Memorial Trophy - presented to the winner of the men’s masters single, commemorates our friend and sculling buddy.

Junior and Collegiate Team Points Trophies will be awarded for team ‘efficiency’ (Points earned per event entered. Minimum three events).

Regatta Format

The Covered Bridge Regatta is a USRowing Registered Event. USRowing licensed referees will officiate. Team USRowing membership is required. Individual, USRowing membership is not. (See “Waiver Forms,” below)

The race course is accurately surveyed to 2000 meters and each lane will be completely buoyed along at least one side. Additional, larger buoys outside the course lanes will mark every 250 meters.  Masters race on the last 1000 meters of the race course. The course will allow up to six lanes and events with more than six entries will be raced as separate events, without finals. Events with less than three entries will be canceled, or combined with another event. ENTRY LIMITATIONS: With the exception of single sculls, teams are limited to a maximum number of entries per event. Most events also have a cap for total entrants. These limits and a tentative schedule are posted on RegattaCentral. Entries beyond these limits will be wait-listed. The race schedule will be finalized about Monday, April 7th and posted at and the websites.

Events will be run on ten-minute or less centers, so efficiency is paramount to keeping the regatta on schedule. Boats must be launched at least 30 minutes prior to their start time and be in the staging area five minutes prior to start time. We will not delay an event so an athlete or boat can ‘hot seat.’ Visiting teams are expected to rig boats and beach launch from the large grassy area next to the parking lot and concessions in the marina area. Only boats stored in the OAR or UO boathouses will be allowed to use the OAR dock. (see also “Parking,” below)

All boats must be equipped with and will be inspected for bow balls and heel tie downs.  Crews must provide their own bow numbers.

All participants are asked to immediately report any distressed shell and/or rowers in the water witnessed during their row to and from the race course.

2013 Rules of Rowing will apply, however, the following rules will not be enforced:

                2-409  Racing Cadence;    3-104  Minimum Weight of Boats; 3-203  Oar Colors;

                4-109 & 110 Weighing of Coxswains and Weighing of Competitors

Rules pertaining to coxswain weight limits and weigh-ins will not be enforced. We ask that you honor these limits.

Quadruple scull boats will race without coxswains, except the Jr. Novice quad will require a coxswain.


Coaches' and Coxswains' Meeting

This meeting will be held Saturday morning, promptly at 6:15 AM under the picnic shelter near the parking lot. There will be time allowed for questions and scratch/adds after remarks by the chief referee and the regatta director.  Any required insurance waiver forms that were not mailed in or completed on-line will be collected at this time.


Insurance and Waiver Forms

This is a USRowing registered regatta and we are using USRowing regatta liability insurance. Participants who are members of USRowing and have signed a Release of Liability online do not have to sign a waiver form for this regatta. All other participants are required to sign a waiver, either on paper or online at RegattaCentral. Both the USRowing link and the printable waiver form are available through the RegattaCentral website. Individual membership in USRowing is not required, however, all participating teams must be fully paid members of USRowing.


From I-5, take Hwy. 58 (exit 188A) east, 13 miles to Dexter Lake.
Turn left at the white covered bridge, to Lowell.
Turn left at Boundary Rd. (becomes Pengra Rd.), then travel 0.8 miles to Lowell State Park.  


Please volunteer to help with the regatta! Contact Kit or sign up here!


Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit (AISPP)

The State of Oregon has instituted a program to fight aquatic invasive species. As part of this program all boats of 10 feet or more overall length are required to carry an AISPP when operated in Oregon waterways.  If you or your club is located in the State of Oregon, you are responsible for obtaining and carrying this permit in each of your boats.  Failure to carry a permit may result in a $142 fine for each offense. The permits cost $7. The regatta committee has obtained permits for our guests from out of the state of Oregon. These permits will be held by the regatta committee and, if you are from out of state, you will not be required to actually carry a permit in your boat. AISPP for motorized craft from the State of Oregon are included in your annual registration fee.  Motorized craft from out of state will be required to obtain and carry a permit. The regatta committee will not provide these. Further details and permits are available online at



All vehicles (except trailers) must park in the town of Lowell, which is a 10-15 minute walk from the park. There is no parking on Pengra Rd. A free shuttle bus will run between the park and town. Trailers and boats may be left overnight in the parking lot adjacent to the launch area. The park gate will be locked at 9:00 PM each night and will be supervised, but equipment is left at your own risk.

Please reserve a trailer parking spot by emailing or calling Mari Jones (541-912-3689).


Trash and Recycling


The Lane County Master Recycler Program is helping our regatta to go green this year. Please reuse or recycle at the barrels located around the park. We ask that teams do their share to use these receptacles and the trash bins, especially before departure. Thank you!


Camping at Dexter Lake

There is very limited camping space at Lowell State Park.  Camping in tents is allowed Friday and Saturday, April 11th and 12th, only.  Oregon State Parks requires the regatta to collect a $5.00 per person per night camping fee, payable at registration. Camping permits will be included in your team’s registration packet. Tent camping is limited to the oak grove area.  No camping on the beach.  No open fires. No RV parking.

Dexter Shores RV Park/Camping, 39140 Dexter Rd., (541) 937-3711 (across the lake).

Deerwood RV Park, just East of I-5 at rte 58 exit. (877) 988-1139



During the regatta, Hideaway Bakery will be selling a hearty lunch and snacks in the marina area on both Saturday and Sunday. There will be a wide range of food choices that will please anybody from athlete to spectator. Food service will start at 6:00 AM Saturday.


Accommodations in and around Eugene/Springfield

This year we have three host hotels. Each is located just East of I-5 at exit 195A in Springfield, OR. Refer to the 'Covered Bridge Regatta' for the best rates. You can find information on additional hotels in the area at

     The Quality Inn and Suites is located at 3550 Gateway St. They are offering a double queen room for $89+tax.  Suites and other accomodations also available. For reservations call (541)726-9266 or email

   The Holiday Inn Express is located at 3480 Hutton St. They are offering rooms from $109+tax. For reservations call (541)746-8471

     The Comfort Suites is located at 969 Kruse Way. They are offering rooms from $109+tax. For reservations call (541)746-5359


Low-cost lodging for junior teams and their chaperones is available at nearby Lowell High School. Forms and contact information are available at RegattaCentral and


Several families in the town of Lowell have offered low-cost housing near the race course. While not a B&B, accommodations include a private bedroom and breakfast for $50 per person per night. Contact Ruth George (541-937-2078 or



CBR entries & information: 

Lisa Bee-Wilson, Regatta Director

Kip Keller, entry coordinator