Rowing Open House: Princeton


This Saturday, February 4th, PNRA will be hosting an Open House/Informational Session at McCaffrey’s! We will be providing information about our summer rowing camps and junior team. This is the first of four open houses we will be holding outside the boathouse. We encourage the members of our current junior team to attend at least one open house to represent their team and talk about their experiences with rowing.

Here is the poster with all the dates, times, and locations RowingOpenHouse, and below is this weekend’s information:

McCaffrey’s 31 North Harrison Street, Princeton

2-4 PM in the upstairs community room

We’ve heard many junior team rowers talk about how much fun they had at the summer camps and we encourage you to bring those stories and positive energy to the open houses! These are great opportunities for our club to reach out to the community, we hope to see you there!



Mercer Lake Algae Bloom

Mercer County Park and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection reported that there was a bloom of algae on Mercer Lake this past weekend (Aug 6-7, 2016).  While this type of algae bloom can produce toxins that are dangerous to humans, the toxins in the algae bloom on Mercer Lake was below the levels that are considered harmful to humans.    The initial bloom on the lake has subsided.   

Mercer County Park and the NJDEP are monitoring the lake for additional algae blooms.  At this point in time there are no reported blooms and the lake is open for general use.  PNRA is in close communication with Mercer County Park  and in event of a new bloom developing, we will take appropriate action which could include suspension of rowing activities. 

Algae blooms occur in stagnant water near the shore of the lake.  It is characterized by what looks like blue or green paint poured in or on the water.  Not all blooms produce toxins that are harmful to humans or animals.  Disturbing a bloom causes the toxins to be released and the toxins are local to the bloom.  On Mercer Lake, the bloom was on the south side of the lake near the dam.  There has been no algae bloom or activity reported on the rowing course in the middle of the lake or on the north side of the lake where the Caspersen Rowing Center is located. 

More information on algae blooms can be found in the following flyer issued by the NJDEP which can be found here.

 Kris Grudt


PNRA Announces 2016 Novice Summer Camp Schedule

The Princeton National Rowing Association is pleased to announce our 2016 Sumer Novice Camp Schedule.  At these camps, our highly experienced, trained coaching staff will teach (rising) 7 – 12 graders the fundamentals of rowing.  Novice camps are offered for Level 1 (no experience), Level 2 (completed Level 1 or equivalent) and Advanced (completed Level 1 – preferred level 1 and 2 with focus on preparation for competitive junior team). Each camp week has new and exciting elements. Campers are welcome to sign up for multiple Level 2/Advanced weeks and will build on their skills every week.

The dates of the 2016 PNRA Mercer Novice Summer Rowing Camps are:

Session I    June 20-24, 2016              Level 1

Session II   June 27-July 1, 2016        Level 1

Session III  July 11-15, 2016               Level 1 & 2

Session IV  July 25-29, 2016               Level 1 & 2

Session V   August 8-12, 2016           Advanced

All of the camps are held at the Caspersen Rowing Center located in Mercer County Park at 1 South Post Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550.

For more information see our website at  or call Maddie Alden at 609-799-7100 x 103

Summer Program Blog

Welcome to the Princeton National Rowing Association Summer Program Blog. This space will be used to provide timely updates on our programs. Participants in PNRA/Mercer’s Summer programs are encouraged to periodically check back for news and updates.