2016 Covered Bridge Regattas

Saturday, April 9 - Collegiate


Saturday and Sunday April 16 & 17, 2016 Masters and Juniors

2016 Collegiate Covered Bridge Regatta. For colleges and open single scullers on April 9, 2016.

entries through regattacentral.com March12th to March 28.

2016 Covered Bridge Regatta. For masters and juniors on April 16 and 17, 2016.

entries through regattacentral.com March19th to April 4th. 

Entry limitations in effect, enter early.

For either regatta:

General regatta questions: Jill Hoyenga at regatta@oarowing.org

Questions on entries: Kip Keller regatta_entry@oarowing.org

We strongly encourage clubs and schools to bring motor launches and drivers. This has been an incredible help in the past and we need you again this year. We do reimburse for fuel!

We also need volunteers for many jobs before, during and after the regatta. Check out our volunteer sign-up page to see where you might help - no experience necessary!

Parking There will be limited parking at Lowell State Park for trailers, large buses, team vans. Due to increased participation, some trailers, etc. must be parked offsite after unloading. Please reserve a parking spot by emailing Ken Jones (or call Ken at 541-912-3689).  All other vehicles (including tow vehicles) of participants and spectators must park in the town of Lowell, which is a 10-15 minute walk from the park.  A free shuttle bus will run between the park and town on Saturday only. There is no parking on Pengra road. Trailers and boats may be left overnight in the park’s parking lot adjacent to the launch area.  The gate will be locked at 9:00 PM each  night.  The lot will be supervised, but equipment is left at your own risk. We encourage all teams to arrive on Friday to unload boats and equipment and maybe take a practice row. Be aware, however, the boats entered in the Dash will be warming up and racing on the course on Friday, late afternoon. Please stay off the course and in the marked practice area.

Volunteers There are less than 100 members in O.A.R. and the regatta takes about 1000 volunteer-hours to put on. If you can volunteer as beach-master, launch driver or in another capacity, please contact Kit Staples (kitstaples@yahoo.com)

Funded in part by a Lane County Tourism Special Projects Grant.

For further information, contact Regatta@oarowing.org

or look on RegattaCentral.com .

Host Hotels:

Quality Inn & Suites, 3550 Gateway Street, Springfield, OR, has agreed to be a host hotel for the regatta this year. They are offering a regatta rate of $119.20 for a nonsmoking room with two queen size beds or $111.20 for rooms with a single king size bed. These rates are valid for the nights of April 9,10,15 or 16. Be sure to specify you are with the 'Covered Bridge Regatta' to get these rates. Reservations may be made by calling 541-726-0465 or online at http://bit.ly/1Nc9PWV

You can find information on additional hotels in the area at www.visitlanecounty.org

Camping Options

At Lowell Park:   There is very limited camping space in Lowell Park. RV-camping is not allowed in the park. Tent camping is allowed only on Friday, April 15th and Saturday April16th.   Tent camping is limited to the oak grove area.   No camping on the beach.  No open fires. All campers must secure a camping permit by payment of a $5.00 per-camper per-night Oregon State Park's Camping Fee, payable at www.RegattaCentral.com on the CBR registration page. Permits will be distributed in your team's packet.
Across the Lake:   Dexter Shores RVPark / Camping, 39140 Dexter Rd.,  (541) 937-3711. Visit their website

Near I-5:

Deerwood RV Park (mention the regatta for a 15% discount) - click the image for an enlarged view.

Guest Bedrooms available in Lowell (not Bed & Breakfast)

Several families in the town of Lowell have offered low-cost housing near the race course. Accommodations include a private bedroom and breakfast for $50 per person per night. Contact Ruth George for details (541-937-2078 or RMGeorge513@aol.com). A flyer is located here.

Lowell High School

Low-cost lodging for junior teams and their chaperones is available at nearby Lowell High School. Forms are available here. Get additional information by emailing Cindi Neet at Lowell School District.

Featured Merchants at the Covered Bridge Regatta


Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be available from:

Ed Offchiss Trophy  - Senior Men's Single Rowing Trophy

Ed and his wife Cindi moved to Eugene with their two boys, Jesse and Cody, in the summer of 2002. Moving from New Haven, Connecticut, where they had both rowed for years, they chose Eugene in part for the rowing environment and the community. They both joined OAR shortly after arriving. Ed was known by many in the rowing community as he had rowed on both coasts and overseas. He touched many of our lives in the short time we knew him—filling a vacant seat, offering rowing tips and witty comments, or just plain helping out when needed. Ed passed away while racing in Portland’s Row For The Cure in 2003. We all miss Ed and remember him as a good friend and caring team member.

The perpetual trophy, presented to the winner of the master men’s single event, is designed by Ed’s son Jesse in collaboration with Eugene artist and OAR member Debbe Cornitius.