Welcome to the 2022 Summer Extravaganza Regatta

59th Annual Summer Extravaganza Regatta

Saturday, August 6, 2022 

 Green Lake, Seattle

First held in 1961, the Summer Extravaganza Regatta is hosted by Green Lake Crew and the Rowing Advisory Council on the first Saturday of August. The Summer Extravaganza is the oldest continually running rowing regatta for juniors on the West Coast, and possibly even in the entire portion of the country west of the Mississippi, according to friend of the program Lenny O’Donnell of Rowing Archives.

Although it started as a regatta for juniors, these 1000-meter sprint races are for all skill levels and ages. The alligator is the mascot of the Extravaganza, ever since two two-foot-long caimens were discovered in Green Lake in 1986. No harm came to the gators, which were relocated to nearby Woodland Park Zoo.

Canceled in 2020 and 2021, we are thrilled to be able to offer the regatta once again in 2022. Although COVID-19 precautions may limit some of our usual regatta elements, we are grateful to be back on the water at Green Lake and are looking forward to hosting a day of fantastic sprints. Welcome back to Green Lake, where we pull hard, go fast, and have fun!

Location and Venue

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.

New in 2021 is a reconfiguration of the street to include a two-way bike path on the lake side of W Green Lake Way N. In the time since the last Summer Extravaganza in 2019, a two-way bike path was 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 warmup path around the east side of the lake to the start line. You can download a PDF of the race course at the link below the map.

A map of Green Lake showing the race course. The start line is located at the north end of the lake. The finish line is at the south end of the lake. Buoys and lanes are marked on the map.

COVID-19 Changes and Requirements

To be determined if necessary.

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.