The Smith House, dedicated on October 5, 2002, sits on the tidal New Meadows River, 4.5 miles from the Bowdoin College campus. The boathouse is complemented by a 110′ long dock which allows us to launch or retrieve 2 eights and a four, or 5 fours simultaneously.
The distance from our dock to the North Atlantic is about 10 miles (~16K meters). The New Meadows River provides us with 2500 meters of very protected water, and then beautiful open stretches where we can row many boats across. The majority of our practices take us approximately 4 miles towards the ocean from Smith Boathouse.
From Bowdoin College, take Rt 24 (Bath Rd) to Cook’s Corner.
Go straight through the lights, leaving Rt 24 which turns right past Skillin’s Nursery on the right and prepare for a right turn at bottom of hill into Sawyer Park.
Sawyer Park is marked by a green sign and blue boat launch sign, a couple of hundred yards in on the left.
Note if you miss the turn into the Park you will see the New Meadows Marina on your right and cross the New Meadows River… turn around at the gas station and take the first left after the Marina.
In addition to their training on the water, Bowdoin rowers train indoors on Concept 2 ergometers in the club’s training facility adjacent to the student union on campus.