The Schuylkill River has four miles of very good water on which to train, between the Fayette Street Bridge and the Flat Rock Dam to the south. There are highly visible warning markers 100 yards above the dam. The normal river current is noticeable to the rowers but is not an appreciable factor except after a heavy rainfall. If the river is closed after a rainfall, the high waters pass through and the river is reopened a day or two sooner than downstream near Boathouse Row. The southern section of the waters used by WBC is seasonally shared with some resident motor boaters and some fishermen who use the Lower Merion Park boat ramp. The upper three miles of this section are used almost exclusively by rowers.
The site has parking for 100 cars and parking space for 10 boat trailers.
The Hines Rowing Center has indoor racks for 42 eights (seven boats high) and 32 singles, doubles, quads or fours.
WBC has access to indoor rowing machines, called ergometers, onsite at the Hines Rowing Center. Currently WBC shares ergs with some of the scholastic programs but will have a full complement of their own machines by 2014 for the Junior programs to use in the afternoons and Masters to use year-round.
Locker Rooms with toilets, showers and lockers are available for members’ use.
WBC is located on the Schuylkill River Trail, which runs from downtown Philadelphia almost uninterrupted to Valley Forge National Park. The trail is perfect for biking and running and provides great opportunities for cross training for WBC members.
SEPTA’s Spring Mill Station for the R-6 Norristown Local is about 500 meters downstream and the Conshohocken Station for the R-6 is about 1,500 meters upstream; WBC is 35 minutes by train from Philadelphia.
Future Facility Plans
Meeting Rooms: One general meeting room will be used on a first-come, first-served basis for team discussions.