Olympia Area Rowing (OAR) is a non-profit rowing club serving youth and adult athletes from the communities of Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater in Washington state. OAR operates its own boathouse at Swantown Marina, located at the base of Budd Inlet on Puget Sound. The club promotes competitive and recreational scull and sweep rowing for adults and youth, fostering sportsmanship, teamwork, athleticism, and camaraderie.

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Brief Description of the Olympia Area
Olympia, Washington is a scenic city located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. Home to the majestic Mount Rainier and Puget Sound, Olympia offers an unrivaled combination of urban amenities and spectacular natural beauty. Olympia has warm Mediterranean-like summers and relatively mild, wet winters. August and September are the driest and hottest months of the year and November through January are Olympia’s rainiest months. 

Olympia is the capital of the state of Washington and the largest city in Thurston County. Located 60 miles (100 km) southwest of the state’s most populous city, Seattle, it is the cultural center of south Puget Sound. As of the 2020 census, Olympia had a population of 55,605, making it the state’s 23rd-largest city. 

Residents of the area can explore its vibrant downtown district with its numerous shops, galleries and restaurants or spend time outdoors enjoying activities like fishing, hiking, rowing, kayaking and bird watching. With a thriving arts community, diverse population and welcoming atmosphere, Olympia is a great place to call home!