The Michael J. Wisniewski Boathouse
1990 North Commerce Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
For nearly 100 years members of the Milwaukee Rowing Club rowed on the Milwaukee River above the North Avenue dam which, until the 1930's, was the city's principal recreational area with swimming beaches, swimming schools, and canoeing and rowing clubs. The Club is not Milwaukee's first or only rowing club. In the late 19th Century there was an earlier club called the Milwaukee Boat Club as well as other rowing clubs.
Until it burned in 1961, the Club boathouse was located at the east end of the North Avenue dam. The Club then moved to the former Downer College boathouse in Hubbard Park until that burned in 1989. After that fire, the Club moved below the dam to its present location at 1990 North Commerce Street, less than a mile from its original site.
The Michael J. Wisniewski Boathouse was built in 2003 as part of the Beerline River Homes and River Court development. The boathouse holds The Milwaukee Rowing Club’s entire fleet of boats, including nine coxed eights, eight coxed fours, one coxed quad, one straight quad, six doubles, ten singles, and dozens of personal rowing shells. The vast majority of club boats are manufactured by Vespoli, a leading boat maker. The boathouse also includes workspace for boat repairs.
Outside, there is a large plaza which allows boats to be cleaned after every row. There is also an approximately 150 foot dock which stores seven coaching launches.
4650 N Port Washington Road
Milwaukee, WI 53212
The Milwaukee Rowing Club is fortunate to have an indoor training facility. The facility was nicknamed “The Barn” as a play on the true title of the building, the Barnabas Building. The Barn contains over forty Concept2 ergometers, a wide assortment of free weights, and other exercise equipment. This space is used primarily in the winter, but also is used when poor weather outside forces the team indoors.
The Barn is located in the back of the Barnabas Building and our space can be accessed using the back of the building. Put the following address in your GPS to be directed to the correct parking lot - 4630 N Estabrook Ln. See images below for reference on how to access our space. Upon entering the door, go up the staircase and through the door to the hall. You will access our space from the hallway.