Welcome to the 2024 Spring Regatta

60th Annual Spring Regatta

Saturday, March 16, 2024

 Green Lake, Seattle

First held in 1962, the Spring Rowing Regatta is hosted by Green Lake Crew and the Rowing Advisory Council on the third Saturday of March. It is one of the earliest regattas of the spring season, and an excellent introduction to racing for new rowers.

These 1000-meter all-weather rowing races are for all skill levels and ages. We are looking forward to hosting a day of fantastic sprints. Welcome back to Green Lake, where we pull hard, row fast, and have fun!

Coaches and Coxswains Meeting

The Coaches and Coxswains Meeting will be held virtually at 7pm on Thursday, March 16. The meeting will be recorded for those who are unable to attend. Invitations and passwords have been sent to all registered clubs. Link is below. For password, contact your coach or greenlake@seattle.gov.

Live Updates and Regatta Day Announcements

 If there are any major schedule changes or the regatta is canceled while in progress for any reason, GLC will post on this page and Regatta Central. 

Location and Venue

This is an overview. Detailed information is located on the Regatta Central site. Please ensure you have read the full FAQ there.

Green Lake is a freshwater glacial lake in the northern part of Seattle, so named for its color which is influenced by algae blooms. The Duwamish (indigenous people of the land presently called Seattle) name for the lake was dxWTLusH, a Lushootseed word of unknown meaning. Green Lake is one of the most protected bodies of water in the Seattle area, allowing for rowing at times when clubs on the big lakes are closed due to wind and bad weather. Its surface area is 259 acres (1.05 km2) and it lies within Green Lake Park, which has a 2.8 mile walking/running path around the lake.

The rowing course is a straight 1000m sprint buoyed course. Crews launch at the southwest corner of the lake at the Green Lake Small Craft Center and row counter-clockwise around the east edge of the lake to reach the start line.

The finish line is directly in front of the spectator area at the Small Craft Center. Best viewing spots are along the shore to the north of the Small Craft Center and in the Aqua Theater stands. Races can be viewed from start to finish. Launching and landing are from rowing docks.

Facilities include restrooms and port-a-potties. There is minimal parking available near the staging area and start line, with priority going to trailers and other official crew vehicles. More parking can be found within a short walking distance at the sports fields across the street and in the surrounding neighborhoods. DO NOT PARK ON W GREEN LAKE WAY N. You will be ticketed and possibly towed if you park along the road. It happens every year – don’t let it happen to you.

There has been a recent reconfiguration of our street to include a two-way bike path on the lake side of W Green Lake Way N. In the time since the last Spring Regatta in 2019, a two-way bike path  was also constructed around the entire lake, so things in the neighborhood may look a little different than the last time you came to Green Lake. Please be mindful of bikes in the path when you enter and exit the parking lots. Green painted pavement indicates areas where car and bike traffic may intersect, and you should be watchful for bikes in those areas.

Although there is no food right at the regatta location, there are coffee shops and restaurants within comfortable walking distance in the nearby neighborhoods.

Race Course

Green Lake uses a buoyed 1000-meter race course, with a counter-clockwise approach path around the east side of the lake and a warm up area prior to the start line. You can download a PDF of the race course at the link below the map.

Event Merchandise

NW Ink will be onsite selling customizable regatta merchandise. Visit them in the north parking lot!

Directions and Parking

We are located at 5900 W Green Lake Way N

New! Just opened in 2021, there is a Link Light Rail station at on 12th Ave NE between NE 65th and NE 67th streets, a 36-minute walk from the Green Lake Small Craft Center

For bus access, we recommend using the King County Trip Planner, located here: https://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/#/app/tripplanning

From I-5 (north or south)

Take exit #169, 45th/50th Street exits. You want 50th St.
Turn West on 50th St.
Stay on 50th to Stone Way/Green Lake Way.
Turn right on Green Lake Way and go 1/4 mile
Turn left onto W Green Lake Way N
The facility is 1/4 mile up on the right, next to the historic Aqua Theater.

From Highway 99 Northbound

Take the exit at Green Lake Way North.
Proceed through the intersection at Green Lake Way N and N 50th St. onto Green Lake Way N.
Turn left onto W Green Lake Way N just after the sports fields.
The facility is 1/4 mile up on the right, next to the historic Aqua Theater.

From Highway 99 Southbound

Exit with a slight right turn at N 66th St.
Take a sharp left onto Woodland Place N
Continue on to N 63rd St.
Turn right onto W Green Lake Way N
The facility is 1/4 mile up on the left, next to the historic Aqua Theater.

Trailers may be parked overnight, and security will be provided. Please make arrangements with the office by calling 206-684-4074.

There is minimal parking available near the staging area and start line, with priority going to trailers and other official crew vehicles. More parking can be found within a short walking distance at the sports fields across the street and in the surrounding neighborhoods. DO NOT PARK ON W GREEN LAKE WAY N. You will be ticketed and possibly towed if you park along the road. It happens every year – don’t let it happen to you.