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Adult Learn to Row Classes!

Beautiful Lake Purdy is perfect for rowing, located within the city limits of Birmingham, and rowing is the sport that provides a full-body cardio AND resistance workout! Sign up for either the class to learn, then join Lake Purdy Rowing Association to enjoy the sport year-round.  

Tuition for the 6-session class is $150 .  

JULY CLASS: Sat. July 15 3-6pm, Sun. July 16 8-10am, Tues. July 18  6-8pm, Sat. July 22  8-10am, Sun. July 23 8-10am, Tues. July 25 6-8pm.

Because each session builds upon the previous one, it is necessary that you attend each of the 6 sessions. You must be comfortable in and on the water, a competent swimmer able to tread water for 10 minutes, strong enough to help lift the boats overhead to carry them from the shed to the water, and willing to respect the authority of the coaches.

Tuition is nonrefundable, as you have taken the place of someone else who wanted to participate.  However, if you cancel prior to the first class AND we are able to fill your seat, or if an entire session is cancelled for unforeseeable reasons, your tuition will be refunded in full.  Unfortunately, due to equipment design limitations we cannot accept candidates weighing more than 250 pounds. 

Click the link above to register today!

Property & Services Fees Now Included in Dues

LPRA member dues now cover expenses each individual previously paid separately at the Fishing Office.  Property & Services (P&S) fees cover use of property for our boathouse, storage, and dock; on-site security, restroom facilities, dock moving services, rescue services, utilities, parking space, etc.  

This change was made at the request of our sponsor, Lake Purdy Fishing, and is intended to both reduce interruptions to their staff and to encourage our members to row more frequently.

Lake Purdy Rowing Association

Lake Purdy Rowing Association (LPRA) is a member of the United States Rowing Association and a 501(c)3 all-volunteer organization formed in 2013 to give people throughout Greater Birmingham the opportunity to participate in the sport of rowing.  LPRA offers adult Learn-to-Row classes each summer, conducts year-round programs for member recreational and competitive masters, and sponsors Birmingham Area Youth Rowing and Samford University Crew.

LPRA's mission is to nurture a passion for both rowing and sculling in people of all ages,  focusing on teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership, and commitment to being good environmental stewards of the Lake Purdy Reservoir.

Dock to be Extended

As soon as we can get volunteers to the lake, we will install a floating ramp to extend LPRA's new low-profile modular Connect-a-Dock.  This will make launching much easier!  If you are willing to help please email LPRA.


June Class Graduates!

Congratulations June Learn-to-Row graduates!  All participants received certificates on the 20th.  We're looking forward to rowing with you as members!

WinTech Quad

LPRA purchased a new WinTech Quad - a great addition to our fleet, benefiting coached recreational rowing, sculling lessons, and racing!

We are making monthly payments on this boat and if you would like to contribute by making one (or more) of the payments, your contribution is tax deductible!  For more information email


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Summer Youth Rowing Camps

Birmingham Area Youth Rowing is offering half-day summer camps, running  Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 11:30am. The program is intended for ages 10-18 and offers an introduction to rowing for beginners while helping improve the skill and fitness of more experienced participants.

Summer 2017 dates: June 12 – 16June 26 – 30July 17 – 21July 24 – 28July 31 – August 4

Coach: Veronica Cross

Cost per week: $200 per rower

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LPRA Lake Purdy Rowing Association

LPRA Lake Purdy Rowing Association

3780 Boat Launch Road, Birmingham AL 35242