Rowing Boathouse

Along the Banks of the Kansas River

Completed in January of 2009, the Kansas Rowing Boathouse sits near the Kansas River in Lawrence’s Burcham Park. The 14,000 square foot facility was dedicated on February 28, 2009.Built to withstand a flood event of eight feet, the boathouse can house 65 boats at a time in the lower level storage area.

With a 90-locker team locker room and a 50-locker public locker room, the boathouse accommodates both the Kansas women’s rowing team and the Kansas Crew Club.

Also sporting a full kitchen and catering room, the boathouse provides a great place for rowers to congregate during the season and the 2,000 square foot multi-functional team room provides a place for the team to build camaraderie.

The boathouse also has a second level deck that allows rowers to spend time outside before practice.

Construction for the boathouse was funded in large part by a special student activities fee ratified by the University’s student body in 2006.

University of Kansas Boathouse
Burcham Park
200 Indiana Street
Lawrence, KS

Driving Directions


From the Allen Fieldhouse parking garage: 

  • Take a right out of the parking garage.
  • Make the first left at the stop sign onto Naismith Drive.
  • Go up Naismith Drive to the top of the hill.
  • Take a right at the bookstore intersection onto Jayhawk Blvd.
  • Follow the round-a-bout at the Chi-Omega fountain (heading north) onto West Campus Blvd.
  • Follow West Campus Blvd as it turns to the right and becomes 11th Street.
  • At the bottom of the hill (just before the football stadium) take a left onto Maine Street.
  • Follow Maine, go through the traffic lights at 9th Street and 6th Street, continue past Memorial Hospital, and take a right onto 2nd Street (the last street on the right).
  • Go about ¼ mile to where 2nd street makes a hard right and becomes Indiana Street. The entrance to Burcham Park is in this turn, on the left side of the road, about 100 feet past the corner of 2nd and Indiana. The entrance to the park has a railroad crossing just as you enter the Park.
  • Follow the park road towards the river and then to the left. The boathouse is the only building in the Park.


  • Take exit 202, which becomes Iowa Street, into Lawrence.
  • Go about 3/4 of mile (past the light at 2nd street) and take a left at 4th street. There is not a traffic light or stop sign at 4th Street, so you have to look carefully.
  • Drive about two miles on 4th street to Indiana Street and take a left.
  • The entrance to Burcham Park is just before the turn where Indiana makes a hard left and becomes 2nd Street, The entrance is on the right side of the road and there is a railroad crossing just as you enter the park.
  • Follow the park road towards the river and then to the left. The boathouse is the only building in the Park.