Boathouses & Finish Line Tower
The Boathouse District is a unique destination for athletes, families and visitors to the Oklahoma City metro. Athletes look forward to rowing or paddling on the district’s 4000m race and training course, while families and visitors take advantage of the river’s 12+ miles of trails for running, walking or cycling. Everyone appreciates the iconic architecture of the structures along the river, each designed by architect Rand Elliott, Elliott & Associates. Together, the architecture and athleticism of the Boathouse District are becoming recognized as a world-class destination by local and international visitors alike.
The Chesapeake Boathouse was the first structure to grace the banks of the Oklahoma River and today serves as Oklahoma City’s community boathouse and the focal point for OKC RIVERSPORT rowing, kayaking, running, cycling and fitness programs.
The Devon Boathouse serves as the home of Oklahoma City University rowing and canoe/kayak programs, and is the headquarters for the OKC National High Performance Center.
The newest iconic structure at the Oklahoma River is the four-story Chesapeake Finish Line Tower. This world-class structure includes a welcome center, floors dedicated to timing, media and race control, and a VIP viewing gallery and observation deck.
Two additional boathouses – the CHK|Central Boathouse for the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma Boathouse, are also under development.
Additional plans for the Boathouse District include a $35 million Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking Center and construction of the Oklahoma River Stadium – grandstands, floating stage, permanent lighting, additional race infrastructure. Both will be completed as part of the city’s MAPS 3 projects. [learn more]