GMS Rowing Center, located on the Housatonic River at 172 Grove Street in New Milford, was founded in 2004.  With easy access from the river to expansive Lake Lillinonah, elite to recreational-level rowers have determined that GMS is one of the best places to row in the country.  Our athletes have and continue to excel at both National and World Championships at the Junior, U23, Senior, and Master levels. Since the club’s inception in 2004, more than 100 athletes who trained at GMS have been named to the USA National Team.

We offer rowing to many groups of people.

  • Those new to the sport- learn to row.
  • Novice and Recreational Rowers.
  • Middle School and High School -Junior Rowers Ages 13-19.
  • College rowers’ home for the summer.
  • Adults-learn to row to competitive rowers.
  • Elite competitors.

This tranquil setting is ideal for:

  •    Focusing on technique.
  •    Conditioning in preparation for races.
  •    National Team aspirations.
  •    The sheer enjoyment of the sport.


  • All rowers must adhere to the launching and docking patterns.
  • All rowers must stay to the starboard side of the river/lake and avoid being in the center of the water.
  • All rowers must wear brightly colored vests/T-shirts (please note that red colors can’t be easily seen).
  • Lights must be used as light fades or when it’s dark.
  • Please check the flow of the water on – Housatonic river at Gaylordsville, CT.
  • If the flow is over 3000 do not go through the gorge.
  • If the wind is over 10 mph from the south, we advise no rowing for singles.