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UCF Intercollegiate Rowing Center on Lake Pickett

The UCF Intercollegiate Rowing Center, designed by HOK Architects, sits on the south shoreline of beautiful Lake Pickett, just east of the UCF campus.

Construction on the five-acre parcel of exclusive lakefront property finished ahead of the start of the Spring 2009 sprint season and the team's first event took place against Duke on April 4, 2009.

The facility consists of two multi-purpose facilities, a traditional boathouse along with the team's very own clubhouse, erg training center and locker room.

The 12,000-square-foot boathouse features six individual boat bays for the team's rowing shells and has easy access onto the lake via the team's new wet dock that opened in 2008.

The clubhouse encompasses nearly 6,000 total square-feet and has ample space for erg training, meeting rooms and coaches' offices.

About Lake Pickett
Lake Pickett, a spring-fed fresh water lake, has been home to the UCF rowing program since 1973 when the team was formed to compete at the club level. The McCree family told the team they could row out of their backyard. The only problem was that there was nowhere to keep the boats, so the team stored them on tables in the McCree's yard.

In 1980, Phil Goree, UCF's then Vice President for Business, told the head of the Evans family, which owned the Wheeler Grove Company of Oviedo, of UCF's need for a boathouse and a new place to row. The Evans family offered the use of a barn on land they owned at Lake Pickett. The Knights turned the barn into the rowing team's first boathouse.

During the summer of 1995, athletics director Steve Sloan was looking to add a women's sport to UCF's athletics program. With its consistent success, women's rowing was a natural choice and was added as the department's 16th intercollegiate sport. In 2002, the Evans family sold the Knights the property at Lake Pickett.

 

Directions to Lake Pickett

From UCF:
South on Alafaya Trail to State Road 50. East on State Road 50 for approximately five miles. Make a left onto 419/Chuluota. Make a right onyo Lake Pickett Road. Go half a mile. Parking lot is on left.

From Downtown Orlando:
East on East-West Expressway (SR 408) to Exit 23 (SR 50). East on State Road 50 for approximately five miles. Make a left onto 419/Chuluota. Make a right onto Lake Pickett Road. Go half a mile. Parking lot is on left.

From Orlando International Airport:
Beeline Expressway (SR 528) East to Greenway (SR 417) North to East on East-West Expressway (SR 408) to Exit 23 (SR 50). East on State Road 50 for approximately five miles. Make a left onto 419/Chuluota. Make a right onto Lake Pickett Road. Go half a mile. Parking lot is on left.

From Jacksonville / Daytona Beach:
I-95 South to State Road 50 West. Stay on State Road 50 for approximately 10-13 miles. Make a right onto 419/Chuluota. Make a right onto Lake Pickett Road. Go half a mile. Parking lot is on left.

From Miami:
I-95 North to State Road 50 West. Stay on State Road 50 for approximately 10-13 miles. Make a right onto 419/Chuluota. Make a right onto Lake Pickett Road. Go half a mile. Parking lot is on left.

From Tallahassee / Northwest Florida:
I-10 East to I-75 South. I-75 South to Florida Turnpike South (turns into East-West Expressway SR 408). East-West Expressway to to Exit 23 (SR 50). East on State Road 50 for approximately five miles. Make a left onto 419/Chuluota. Make a right onto Lake Pickett Road. Go half a mile. Parking lot is on left.

From Tampa:
I-4 East to the East-West Expressway (SR 408) East. East-West Expressway East to to Exit 23 (SR 50). East on State Road 50 for approximately five miles. Make a left onto 419/Chuluota. Make a right onto Lake Pickett Road. Go half a mile. Parking lot is on left.