Virginia rowing's Thomas Temple Allan Boathouse is located on the west bank of the Rivanna Reservoir. The reservoir provides five miles of calm water only 4.5 miles from the University Grounds. Built at the crest of a hill, the boathouse provides a commanding view of the reservoir.
With a recent addition/renovation, the six-bay facility now totals 14,752-square feet. The almost 4,000-square foot addition includes an expanded workout area, an athletic training room, a shop repair bay and additional storage area, and locker rooms, bathrooms and showers for both the women's varsity team and the men's club team. There are approximately 35 ergometers for the rowers to use and the expanded workout area includes a weight room and stretching/warm-up area. The boathouse also includes meeting rooms and offices.
Virginia's boathouse and training facilities have not gone unnoticed by the rowing community. Both the United States' Under 23 National Team and New Zealand Olympic rowing team has trained on the Rivanna Reservoir. Virginia has also hosted several US Rowing national development camps.
Rivanna Reservoir Boathouse - Woodlands Road, Earlysville
From East/West: From Interstate-64 take Exit 118B onto Rt. 29 North. Take Barracks Road Exit (Fourth Exit) and turn left at the bottom of the ramp. At the second light, turn right onto Georgetown Road. Turn left onto Hydraulic Rd at the light. At the second light (Summer's Market/Earlysville Road) turn left. Follow about 1/4 mile and turn left onto Rt. 676 (Woodlands Road) before the bridge. Take the 3rd driveway on the right to the boathouse (276 Woodlands Road).
From South: Take Route 29 to Business Route 250 East (sign will say University of Virginia Information Center) and bear right onto Ivy Rd. At third stoplight, turn left on Emmet St/Rt. 29N. At seventh stoplight, turn left on Hydraulic Rd for less than 2 miles. Turn left on Earlysville rd./743 for .7 miles. Turn left on Woodlands Rd./676 for 0.4 miles and then turn right at Magruder Dent Rowing Center (3rd driveway on the right) and park next to boathouse.
From North: Follow 66-W to 29-South (the exit goes toward Gainesville, a little ways past the Dulles exit). Take 29-South all the way to Charlottesville. Pass Sam's Club, Wal-Mart, and the Rio Hill Shopping Center. Turn right at the Rio Road stoplight, which has a Union Bank & Trust on the right and Fashion Square Mall ahead on the left. Follow Rio as it curves left. Take a right at Earlysville Road, which is by a gas station/convenience store and just before a church on the right. Follow about 1/4 mile and turn left onto Rt. 676 (Woodlands Road) before the bridge. Take the 3rd driveway on the right to the boathouse.
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