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Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Boathouse

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Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Boathouse
© Adam Knapp, Licensed to About.com, Inc.
Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Boathouse
© Adam Knapp, Licensed to About.com, Inc.
Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Boathouse
© Adam Knapp, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

In Short:

The development of the Oklahoma River south of Bricktown in Oklahoma City has attracted national attention for events and recreational activities. Much of that is thanks to the Chesapeake Boathouse, a $3.5 million development funded by Chesapeake Energy Corporation. With stunning architecture designed by Rand Elliott, the boathouse is the premiere recreational destination in Oklahoma City, offering metro residents a number of fitness and recreational options.

The Chesapeake Boathouse has advanced cardio and weight training equipment as well as yoga classes and bicycle rentals. But that's only the beginning. Get out onto the river with rowing, kayaking and dragon boating. The facility is also available for wedding receptions, corporate functions, field trips and more.

Location & Contact:

Chesapeake Boathouse
725 S. Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73129
(405) 552-4040

The Chesapeake Boathouse is located at Regatta Park on the north side of the Oklahoma River, just south of OKC's Bricktown on Lincoln Blvd.

Get a detailed map with driving directions to the Chesapeake Boathouse.

Hours of Operation:

The boathouse and fitness center open at 6am during the week and close at 8pm. On Saturdays, they're open from 7am to 5pm, and Sunday hours are from 1pm to 5pm.

River Activities:

At the Chesapeake Boathouse, anyone and everyone can experience the recreational fun along the Oklahoma River. There is no special equipment or training required in any way. The boathouse provides everything you need, including lessons if you so desire. Here are the river activity options:

 

  • Rowing - Whether it's for the athletically-demanding competition or just for fun, the Chesapeake Boathouse has it all for rowers.
  • Kayaking - In a program sponsored by Oklahoma City University, you can rent a single kayak for $10 an hour, a double for $15.
  • Dragon Boating - The Asian tradition comes to the Oklahoma River. Be a part of competitive races or just have an outing with a group or organization.

 

Fitness and Recreation:

The Chesapeake Boathouse Fitness Center has state of the art cardiovascular and weight training equipment, showers and locker rooms. In addition, there are yoga classes, and you can rent a bicycle for use on the more than 12 miles of scenic trails around the Oklahoma River.

Boathouse 101 and More:

On Saturday mornings, the Chesapeake Boathouse offers a free, 1-hour orientation session called "Boathouse 101." Completely outside the water, the class gives an overview of all the above Oklahoma River activities, a tour of the boathouse and basic rowing technique instruction.

It's one of many training options available. For $35, a 1 hour, hands-on class allows teens and adults to give rowing a try in a safe flat-bottomed barge. There's a "Learn to Row" series for both juniors and adults, Kayaking 101, Adventure Kayaking, Intermediate Kayaking and more.

Membership:

Become a Chesapeake Boathouse Member and receive access to the Fitness Center, rowing equipment, kayaks and bicycles as well as yoga and group indoor rowing classes.

Individual adult membership is available for $400 annually, and families (with a minimum of two members) can join for $360 per person annually. Fitness memberships (that don't include rowing) and collegiate memberships are $360 annually. Monthly payment options are available.

Call (405) 552-4040 or E-mail for more information.

Nearby Hotels and Lodging:

Traveling to the Chesapeake Boathouse on the Oklahoma River for the Olympic Trials or other event? Here are some hotel options nearby:

  • Colcord Hotel
    15 N Robinson
    Less than 1 mile from the Chesapeake Boathouse
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  • The Skirvin Hotel
    One Park Avenue
    Less than 1 mile from the Chesapeake Boathouse
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  • Sheraton Hotel
    One North Broadway
    Less than 1 mile from the Chesapeake Boathouse
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  • Renaissance Hotel
    Ten North Broadway
    Less than 1 mile from the Chesapeake Boathouse
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  • Courtyard Downtown
    2 West Reno
    Less than 1 mile from the Chesapeake Boathouse
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  • Bricktown Hotel and Convention Center
    2001 East Reno Avenue
    Free shuttle service to Boathouse Row
    Check Rates
     

 

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