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Welcome to Lake Purdy Rowing Association

2023 Experience Rowing and Learn-to-Row sessions!  

Sessions are for adults age 18 and up (no upper age limit), and will involve sculling - rowing with two oars.  

IF YOU ARE CURIOUS about rowing and want to find out whether you want to pursue it as a sport, sign up for one of our half-day Experience Rowing sessions.

IF YOU ARE READY TO COMMIT TO AN INTENSIVE 6-SESSION CLASS with the goal of joining LPRA and continuing to row on a regular basis, register for either our June or July Learn-to-Row class. The dates and times are listed at the bottom of this email. 


  • Sat. May  6, 1pm-4pm
  • Sat. May 20, 1pm-4pm


***You MUST attend all 6 class sessions***

  • Sat. June 10, 8am-10am
  • Sun. June 11, 8am-10am
  • Tues. June 13, 6pm-8pm
  • Sat. June 17, 8am-10am
  • Sun. June 18, 8am-10am
  • Tues. June 20, 6pm-8pm


***You MUST attend all 6 class sessions***.

  • Sat. July 8, 8am-10am
  • Sun. July 9, 8am-10am
  • Tues. July 11, 6pm-8pm
  • Sat. July 15, 8am-10am
  • Sun. July 16, 8am-10am
  • Tues. July 18, 6pm-8pm

You must be an adult age 18 or over (no upper age limit).  Due to equipment design limitations we cannot accept candidates weighing more than 250 pounds.  Candidates must be able to help lift and carry the boat overhead, be comfortable in and on the water, and be competent swimmers able to tread water for 10 minutes.  

Be warned that rowing on water is different from using a rowing machine on land.   If you regularly use one to work out, you might be surprised that the boat is unstable and oar handling/bladework challenging;  also many people find they need to unlearn a lot of incorrect technique.

A stunning sunset over Lake Purdy, January 2019

Members: Reserve Boats!

Please reserve club boats before heading to the lake! Use this link.

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Lake Purdy Rowing Association

LPRA is a member of USRowing and a member-driven 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation formed in 2013 to facilitate and promote the sport of rowing in the Greater Birmingham area. 

LPRA has no staff and is operated by its elected board and member volunteers. Membership is open to individuals who pass LPRA’s rowing proficiency test and satisfy all application requirements.  

LPRA offers adult Learn-to-Row classes each summer, conducts year-round programs for member recreational and competitive rowers, and sponsors Samford University Crew.

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

CONTACT US Lake Purdy Rowing Association

CONTACT US Lake Purdy Rowing Association

3780 Boat Launch Road, Birmingham AL 35242

Phone: 205/948-8716

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