Founded in 1973 to promote youth rowing in Anderson, Knox and adjacent counties. Clinton Rowing Club is located in historic downtown Clinton, Tennessee along the Clinch River.  The Club offers rowing programs (camps, learn to row, developmental and competitive) for youth and adults.  All programs are designed to teach, develop and challenge participants in a positive and constructive way.  Our coaches are extensively trained mentors, leaders and instructors who love to coach rowing!  Contact Us to learn more or Sign UpRowing is the fastest growing sport in America!

The Clinton Rowing Club is a non-profit 501c(3) youth sports organization.  All rowing fees charged go toward program fees, equipment and coaches. 

Our Mission

Clinton Rowing Club’s Mission is to make a positive and healthy impact on our community by providing opportunity, instruction and leadership through the sport of rowing.


The Pellissippi Rowing Club ("PRC") was founded August 15, 1973 (James Ramsey), in Oak Ridge, Tennessee as the first fully-chartered rowing club in the state of Tennessee. The team trained out of a inlet near the train bridge on Elza Gate Road. In 1990 (Jerry Riley) PRC began to rowed under the name of Clinton Rowing Club ("CRC"). After receiving a great donation from citizens and the City of Clinton of a boathouse in our current location. CRC rowed junior and master program competitively in the Southeast until 2009. Dormant until 2014 (Allen Eubanks & Marc Derose), Pellissippi Rowing Club reopened the boathouse doors as a RowAmerica location for one year. PRC later changed the name back to Clinton Rowing Club to continue the well known tradition of rowing from our dock.


Pellissippi means "winding water" in the Cherokee language and is the historic name for the Clinch River. Which rises in SW Virginia and flows SW through the Appalachian Valley into the Tennessee River in East Tennessee. The Cherokee indians did occupy this area during the early years of the eighteenth century and used the river as the settlement boundary of the Cherokee Nation and United States government for Treaty of Holston (1791). 

Our Vision for the Future

Clinton Rowing Club's Vision for the Future includes:

  • Elevating fitness, health and happiness in our community through rowing
  • Becoming well-known in East Tennessee and nationally for our high quality instruction and coaching in rowing
  • Providing outstanding service to all of our rowers, from beginner to competitive elite
  • Setting safety, fun and our rowers as our top priorities

Clinton Rowing Club's Philosophy

Everyone at Clinton Rowing Club is passionate about Rowing!  We strive to provide an inclusive, constructive and fun environment for anyone interested in learning and developing in the sport.  Our coaches and staff are all rowers.  We know what its like to be a novice, to train, to develop and excel in the sport of rowing.  We understand the importance leadership and quality instruction for rowers whether they are beginners or seasoned veterans.  We are excited and determined to provide our rowers at Clinton Rowing Club with the most rewarding experience possible.  Contact Us to learn more, or Sign Up for one of our many rowing programs.