Collegiate Covered Bridge Regatta

  • Hosted By: Oregon Association of Rowers
  • 2017 Registered Regatta

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Saturday, April 15th we will be hosting the Collegiate Covered Bridge Regatta including races for collegiate fours and eights. All races will use our fully buoyed, 7-lane, 2000m Dexter Lake race course. Morning and afternoon sessions will allow most events to run two flights - for example, allowing two races for your varsity eight. A tentative race schedule is (will be) on the 'Event List' tab. Entries open on Friday March 24th at 6 AM and close on April 3rd at 11:59PM. Look for a 'final' schedule a few days later.

Depending on the number of entries, all (or most) events will be rowed twice -  once in the morning and once in the afternoon. We will attempt to make competitive races against differing crews for morning/afternoon events - or heats and finals if there are enough entries.

Entry fees are due with registration: fours $75; eights $150.  In addition we must collect a $3.00 per athlete Oregon State Parks Usage Fee.


[The masters/juniors Covered Bridge Regatta will take place on Saturday and Sunday April 22nd,23rd and is listed separately on]

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

The Collegiate Covered Bridge Regatta is a USRowing Registered Event. USRowing licensed referees will officiate. Team USRowing membership is required. The online USRowing waiver is required of each rower.

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. 

Events will be run on ten-minute 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 “Parking”)

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.

2016 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.


Coaches' and Coxswains' Meeting

This meeting will be held Saturday morning, promptly at 7:00 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.


Insurance and Waiver Forms

This is a USRowing registered regatta and we are using USRowing regatta liability insurance. All participants are required to sign a waiver online at RegattaCentral. Championship membership in USRowing is not required, however, all participating teams must be fully paid members of USRowing and all competitors must sign at The waiver link is also available through the RegattaCentral website.


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.  

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 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. Note the new NO PARKING signs on Pengra Road.  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 15th and 16th, 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



Food service will start at 6:30 AM Saturday. See 'Food & Dining.'


Accommodations in and around Eugene/Springfield ('see the 'Lodging' tab)

Refer to the list of 'Host Hotels' on the 'Lodging' tab.  Refer to the 'Covered Bridge Regatta' for the best rates. You can find information on additional hotels in the area at

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 (rates: $75 per person for one night, $100/per person for two nights). Contact Ruth George (541-937-2078 or



CBR entries & information: 

Jill Hoyenga, Regatta Director

Kip Keller, entry coordinator   



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