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About Texas Rowing Center

The World's Largest Rowing and Paddle Destination

Our Story

At Texas Rowing Center, our mission is to provide the best rowing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle board experience in the world. Our friendly staff, affordable rates, convenient location, and hours – open all day, every day – make TRC the most popular rowing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle board operation in Austin and the nation. Our owner, Matt Knifton, is a former University of Texas rower who decided to leave his career in law behind to pursue his dream of owning a rowing center in Austin. Since he began in 2002, Texas Rowing Center has become deeply rooted into the Austin community, as a favorite spot for nature and sport lovers. Matt’s leadership has also led TRC to become a strong player within the national and global rowing communities, through the youth and adult competitive rowing programs. 

aerial view of the texas rowing center
man teaching kayak lesson to group

TRC in the Community

Texas Rowing Center is committed to giving back to the Austin community and making rowing and paddling accessible to all. We have valued partnerships with the following non-profits:

Texas Rowing For All: providing rowing and paddling programs for people with physical, sensory, and intellectual disabilities

Texas River School: providing canoeing experiences for elementary-aged students from historically underserved populations

Keep Austin Beautiful: providing paddling equipment at no cost for lake cleanup events

Corporate sponsors of Austin Parks Foundation and The Trail Foundation

Meet the TRC Team!

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