Welcome to North Cascades Crew

NCC is a small membership organization dedicated to promoting health and wellness for the body, mind and environment. We whole heartedly believe that creating a comfortable, accessible space for activity on and off the water leads to greater connection with ourselves, community and the larger world. For more about us- click here


If you are looking to do some good during this Coronavirus pandemic- please consider donating to a local nonprofit in Lake Stevens, Hungry Hearts Foundation.
The following items will be going to Lake Stevens area children in need. Please drop your donations at the boathouse anytime. Members will pick the items up to donate throughout the next several weeks.
Leave your donations at the south side door in a PLASTIC bag.

Items needed:

Canned Peaches & Pears
Tomato & Chicken Noodle Soup
Pop Tarts
Nature Valley Granola Bars
Spaghetti O’s
Oatmeal single serve packets


Corona Virus (COVID-19) UPDATE – April 5th, 2020:

North Cascades Crew leadership met today and agreed to implement the directive of Governor Inslee to limit close contact and practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. NCC Juniors’ and master’s practices will be cancelled until further notice. NCC is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for your kids and in turn, we are committed to the health of our overall community. We deeply appreciate your understanding and partnership in this effort.


Junior Rowing- Spring Season Starts February 18th- Click for More information

#SIFF2018 has premiered Us Against the World: A Washington Rowing Legacy narrated by Jen Huffman, NCC member and granddaughter of Joe Rantz.

Watch it here –

First Phase construction on the Joe Rantz Boathouse is complete! Stop by Wyatt Park in Lake Stevens to see our new space!


Junior Crew – Spring Registration


Regular Season: February 18- May 8th*
*Competitive Crew Rower’s Season extends until May 18th*
Practices: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, 3:30 – 6:00pm
NCC Joe Rantz Boathouse at Wyatt Park- 10508 Chapel Hill Rd, Lake Stevens, WA 98258
Registration fee: $445
  includes a tech-knit crew t-shirt

Register Here for the Juniors Spring 2020 Session

Float Test required
Volunteer 10 hours in fall & spring seasons

  • Coaching for all skill levels from beginner to JV and Varsity competition
  • Learn to row, building skills in sculling and sweeping
  • Professional coaching by collegiate, regional and national champions, with USRowing Level 2 certification
  • High School Varsity Athletic Letter in Rowing in both Fall and Spring Season possible for competitive crew
  • Additional coaching days and regional regattas available for competitive Juniors
  • Rowing from the Joe Rantz Boathouse at Wyatt Park- Located just .5 mi east of Hwy 9 on beautiful Lake Stevens
  • Have fun, make friends, and enjoy the great outdoors!
  • NCC coaches adhere to USRowing SafeSport policies
  • Registration is limited – don’t delay – register today!
TRY ROWING DAY – FREE – Stay Tuned for our Next Day Coming Soon!
Come try rowing for free, on the first day of the Season for youth ages 13-18. Limited to the first 8 who reserve their seat. Come and see why rowing is the fastest growing sport in the PNW. Reserve your seat in the boat!
To register for Spring Season 2020 – OR – Juniors Try Rowing Day
Please email NorthCascadesCrewRow@gmail.com
with child’s name & age, parent’s name and cell phone number
Please note which you registering for: Spring Season 2020 OR Try Rowing Day

Adult Learn to Row Sessions

Learn to Row sessions are geared toward adults who are brand new to rowing. Each session includes 8 classes and includes parking. Sessions take place at  NCC Joe Rantz Boathouse – Wyatt Park- 10508 Chapel Hill Rd, Lake Stevens, WA 98258

Session Fee: $110     Gift Certificates are available.

Learn To Row Schedule:
Learn to Row Sessions through NCC take place generally every quarter – additional sessions may be added during summer months

Time Commitment: Saturday/Sunday 8:00AM – 9:30AM

See when the next session is starting here

Note: Specific dates each quarter depend on coaching and NCC member volunteers.
Additionally, Schedule may be adjusted during sessions due to safety and weather concerns

If you’re interested,  email us for more information on the next session!

For those new to rowing, after completing a Learn to Row session, you may choose to join NCC as a continuing member to keep improving your skills and fitness!

Download Registration Forms HERE

Online payment available HERE

Need more info? Email us at northcascadescrewrow@gmail.com

We look forward to meeting you!

Masters Program

NCC offers coached programs for all members of our community, from novice to experienced rowers.

Learn to Row sessions are offered monthly all year long. Regular coached practices are also held year-round. The water is calm, the sunrise beautiful, and there is no better way to start the day!

Practice Times:

Tuesday and Thursday 5:45-7:15 AM, open to recreational and experienced rowers.*

Wednesday 5:30-7:00PM, open row for recreational and experienced rowers- not coached

Saturday and Sunday 6:00 -8:00 AM, experienced group

Saturday and Sunday 8:15-9:45 AM, recreational group

In the summer, Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions may be added based on demand.

*practice times may be changed due to weather conditions and safety regulations

Contact northcascadescrewrow@gmail.com for more details!

Joe Rantz Boathouse

We built a boathouse. For Joe.

North Cascades Crew has built the first phase of the  Joe Rantz Boathouse in honor of Joe Rantz, a member of the 1936 University of Washington eight-oared crew that won the Olympic gold medal and the central character in Daniel James Brown’s NY Times Bestseller, The Boys in the Boat.

The Joe Rantz Boathouse rests at the corner of Chapel Hill and South Davies. Throughout his life, Joe battled adversity but found deep inspiration and strength in his rowing team which helped shape the rest of his life. He was an avid outdoorsman and fell in love with nature. Interestingly, Joe, in his mid-70’s, single-handedly cut and hauled large cedar trees down a mountain demonstrating great strength. The individual fibers in cedar, coupled with their resilience, gave the wood the ability to bend, bounce back, yield, or accommodate a new shape. They were strong individually, and even more powerful weaved together. Joe believed these characteristics were personified in people as well.

The dream of this boathouse was made possible by a dedicated group of NCC members and volunteers who believed in this message; that we can create a place to connect with each other and with something bigger than ourselves.

After 6 long years, this boathouse was constructed entirely from volunteer efforts and donated funds. This effort is an avenue for broader community and environmental connection as well as education and sustainability. Surrounding the boathouse are native plants used to preserve the local ecosystem. Using native plants for landscaping have meaningful effects on the populations of birds and insects they need to survive. Additionally, the plants and rain barrels help prevent water from becoming runoff that carries pollutants from the road into Lake Stevens.

We envision the boathouse as a place for community connection through rowing while also providing space to learn about environmental sustainability, conservation and stewardship of nature and our surroundings. NCC seeks to strengthen the local community by also volunteering hours to maintain the local park where the Boathouse is located. Having a clean community space next to the lake creates a more meaningful community experience for everyone.

We welcome you to check out the Joe Rantz Boathouse located at Davies Beach in Lake Stevens- 10508 Chapel Hill Rd Lake Stevens, WA 98258

If you would like to find out more about Joe and the rest of the 1936 Olympic Team: Check out Us Against the World: A Washington Rowing Legacy

Watch the #SIFF2018 preview of Us Against the World: A Washington Rowing Legacy here >


Through generous donations and volunteer effort we have completed the first phase of our project. We are truly grateful for our generous donors and volunteer effort to date that have realized both the legacy and importance of this project.

A HUGE thank you to Dunn Lumber for donating all building materials for the Joe Rantz Boathouse.  You have helped our dreams become another step closer to reality!
Dunn Lumber is invested in our community and the history of rowing in the Pacific Northwest.