ABOUT THE TEAM  Our first season was the Spring of 2015.  Rowing is a Co-Ed Club Sport with spring, fall and winter seasons.  We are a CO-OP team for Spring Lake High School and Grand Haven High School. All academically eligible high school age students in the SL and GH areas are welcome including home school students. Rowers can join whichever season works best around their other activities. Rowing is easy to learn. It mainly requires a strong work-ethic, determination and team-spirit. With the right attitude, anyone can learn to row; with perseverance, he/she can build the physical strength and ability to compete. Unlike many other sports which require elite training from a young age, rowing is something many high school athletes could easily continue to do at a collegiate level. The team rows out of Spring Lake Middle School Grand River access, south of the soccer fields and west of the football field. On the river, we have a large floating dock for dry launching. Please use the form at the bottom of the page to email the team for more information.  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Fall 2019


Fall practices will begin August 26th and will be conducted Monday – Thursday from 5 – 7 PM daily.  Friday practices are 3-5 pm on 9/13, 9/20, 10/18.  Saturday practices are 9 a.m. to noon on 9/07, 10/05, 10/26.
Fall Participation Fees will be $225 and are due by Sep 1 or may be paid in two installments on Sep 1 and Oct 1. The season will run through the end of Oct.
Fall regattas:
Sep 28 – Frogtown, Toledo, OH
Oct 13 – Leelanau Chase, Lake Leelanau, TC, MI
Oct 19 – Grand Rapids, MI
TBD – Saturday Scrimmage
Click here to register for High School Fall
Click here to pay for High School Fall
Fall 2019


Middle School Rowing for 7th – 8th grade girls and boys will be at the Grand River water front behind the SL Middle School. Practices are Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-5:30 PM (Middle School only), and some Fridays & Saturdays (HS and MS) through September and October (see HS Fri/Sat schedule above). Cost is $125. Please pay using the other link on our website. It is recommended to wear tight fitting athletic apparel with removable layers. Loose shorts can get caught in the slides – please don’t let that happen. Wear running shoes. Bring water bottles! No previous rowing experience is required. Bring a friend and try it for free for a day or two before paying. There is one regatta at Lake Leelanau on 10/12 for Middle School. The regatta fee is covered with your season fees however, there are additional costs for team shirts and any travel expenses.
Click here to register for Middle School Fall
Click here to pay for Middle School Fall
Fall 2019

If you are new to rowing, please see our website FAQs section under the MENU tab for general information on what to wear and bring to practice.

LOGO APPAREL: We have set up a Lands End Company Store for embroidered logo apparel to be shipped directly to you. LANDS END SL CREW COMPANY STORE

Hats / Apparel / Logo Stickers:  We sell apparel and accessories through our online store.  Click here to order and pay: SL-GH CREW ONLINE STORE

REMIND.COM We use the group text messaging app for broadcasting important quick messages to the team and parents during the season (especially helpful for location changes due to weather and for updates at regattas).  Below are the instructions on how to join the SLGH Crew group:

Fall 2019

FUNDRAISING:  Our program exists only because of generous private and corporate donations. We rely on continued support to keep the team afloat. Funds raised go towards purchasing equipment such as rowing shells, oars, rigging, shoes, speakers, life-jackets, tools, trailers, tents, motor boats, indoor rowing machines, etc. Each high school rower pays a participation fee per season to help with operating costs such as rent, insurance, fuel, mileage and coaching expenses. If you would like to make a tax deductible financial contribution to our team,you may do so using our online payment system or buy mailing a check.  CLICK HERE TO DONATE ONLINE

THANK YOU:  A big thank you to our generous sponsors. Without your support, we would not be able to teach the competitive sport of rowing to a new generation. Thank you!

Our floating dock on the Grand River.

LEADERSHIP: Spring Lake Crew Club, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded to support the SLHS Rowing Team and the GHHS Rowing Team.

  • Paul Winter – President and Coach
  • Amanda Rantanen – Secretary and Substitute Coach (GVSU Rowing Alumni)
  • Lesley Reed – Treasurer
  • Ken Workinger – Boatman
  • Alan Betts – Member at Large (GH Liaison)
  • Todd Kamps – Member at Large (GH Liaison)
  • Jeff Pipp – Varsity / JV Head Coach (MSU Rowing Alumni)
  • Matt Herbert – Varsity / JV Coach ( U of M Rowing Alumni)


Commander ($1,000 – $4,999)
Saunders Winter McNeil, PLLC

Coxswain ($500 – $999)
F. Martin & Dorothy A. Johnson Family Fund
The Geschiere Family
Kyle Verplank
Midge Verplank
John & Kim Zevalkink

Stroke ($250 – $499)
Fredricks Design
Tony Gage
Bari Johnson
R-House-Sharon Reyers
Kevin Rich
Shoreline Insurance Agency, Inc.
Rob & Linda Torrey
Tad Welch
Tony & Monica Verplank

Sweep ($150 – $249)
Automatic Spring – Steve Moreland
Sharon Bedford
The Betts Family
Nels & Kathy Eisenga
Gretchen Garrison
Steve and Tami Harvey
State Farm – Doug Heins
Brian Humphrey Agency LLC
Rich & Pam Kramer / Muskegon Community Foundation
Frank & Sandy Mercurio
Orchard Market
West Michigan Roofing & Construction

Friend of Rowing (up to $149)
The Addison Family
Jeff & Sydney Alward
The Thomas Garrison Family
Jean Harms
Lake MI Endodontics – Patrick & Alissa Mullally
Terry Nash
Les & Jean Sharp
Ed & Julie Sherman
James N. Smith Revocable Trust
Clifford Taylor


If you would like more information, please email the team: