Rowing club to use Teal Lake, offers educational program

The City of Negaunee and U.P. Rowing are pleased to announce that both entities have entered into a land-use agreement.

The two-year agreement allows for the rowing club to access part of the Teal Lake shoreline near the old waterworks building to store some of their rowing shells. The club will be working to develop interest in this sport in the Negaunee area.

“This is a great opportunity to partner with an organization that offers a unique type of water sport that can be supported on Teal Lake,” said City Manger Nate Heffron.

Teal lake is unique in that it does not allow for motor boards to be operated except under specific circumstances.

“I have been approached by many residents to find other ways to use Teal Lake for everyone to enjoy,” Heffron said. “This is just the start.”

U.P. Rowing is a non-profit all-volunteer club. Since 2004, U.P. Rowing has provided public group outdoor recreation in the sport of rowing in the Marquette area.

Volunteers provide specialized training, access to equipment and safety measures to the public and its members to experience group rowing.

Programs are open to adults age 18 and older who are interested in sweep rowing and sculling. They also run a youth program for high school students. Some of these youth have gone on to row with collegiate crews and the Summer World University Games.

The club hosts an annual regatta each September on Teal Lake where approximately 100 rowers participate.

“In working with the club, the City wants to finds ways to develop the regatta into a day-long family event that everyone can enjoy,” Heffron said. “This event is just another way to showcase beautiful Teal Lake.”

According to Sally Davis, a board member of U.P. Rowing, there are already a number of rowers that use Teal Lake for single sculling.

“Our hope is to work with the City to establish a core of rowers on Teal Lake,” Davis said. “We feel this is a great opportunity for our members and those who want to try rowing.”

Having a dedicated storage and launch venue will allow the club to expand rowing in the immediate area, she said. The club will store their equipment on the shoreline for several months and will remove it during the Pioneer Days annual fireworks show and at the end of the season.

“A Learn to Row” program will begin in June. To learn more about rowing on Teal Lake, contact the Upper Peninsula Community Rowing Club by emailing gbrayden@charter.net