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Address: 5900 West Green Lake Way N, 98103 (Map It)
Phone: (206) 684-4074 | Fax: (206) 684-4042 |
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Green Lake Small Craft CenterGreen Lake Small Craft Center is located at the southwest "corner" of Green Lake in North Seattle --a popular lake totally surrounded by park land. While rowing, canoeing, kayaking, and sailing classes are taught only during daylight hours the popular running/ skating/ bicycling/ walking path which surrounds the lake itself is enjoyed 24 hours per day by the citizens of Seattle.


Annually, the Rowing Advisory Council (RAC) hosts three major rowing regattas on Green Lake.

The Frostbite Regatta in November, the Green Lake Spring Regatta in April and the Summer Rowing Extravaganza in August draw competitors from throughout the Northwest!

The RAC raises funds with each of these events through entry fees and concessions. 


Youth and adult programs in both sweep rowing and in sculling.

Children, youth, and adult programs in Toppers

Canoe and Kayak
Children, youth, and adult programs in standard canoes, flatwater racing canoes, marathon canoes, and SPARCOlympic class flatwater kayaks.

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Classes and programs are also sometimes listed on the Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club This link will take you off the City of Seattle web site. web site.



Green Lake Small Craft Center does not rent boats.The Greenlake Boathouse, a independent company on the northeast side of Green Lake, offers hourly boat rentals to the general public including canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, row boats, sailboats, and stand up paddle boards. The Boathouse Cafe is open seven days week (weather permitting), offering grab and go snacks, beverages, fishing tackle, and beach supplies. They can be contacted at:

(206) 527-0171 (inquiries only, no reservations)



The youth rowing program was organized by a group of community leaders and neighborhood supporters in 1947, with the first crew beginning rowing in the summer of 1948. The original Conroy boathouse was located along the Eastern shoreline of Green Lake near Evans Pool. This remained the site of the Green Lake Crew program until the "new" Massart Shellhouse was built by the Aqua Theater contractor without cost to the City when that structure was being constructed in 1950. Guided by the Seattle Junior Crew Rowing Commission, the crew received equipment, and travel and operational support. By the mid-1950s, Seattle Parks and Recreation involvement had increased and the program was able to grow and develop continuity between seasons. In the Seattle earthquake of 1965, the shellhouse received extensive damage. Rather than just conduct repairs, the Department expanded the boathouse to accommodate additional shell storage and improve the launching areas.

Canoeing and sailing came to the lake in the late 1960s with the introduction of two public clubs, the Seattle Canoe Club and the Seattle Sailing Association. Both of these groups allowed for the expansion of small craft program opportunities without impacting the Department budget . . . a strong group of volunteers worked closely with Department staff, forming a successful partnership for nearly 20 years.

The 1968 Forward Thrust Bond Issue allowed for the construction of a new small craft center to accommodate rowing, sailing, and canoeing on Green Lake. This facility was completed in 1980 and included the remodeling of the Massart Shellhouse, the partial demolition of the Aqua Theater, and the addition of a building to house sailing and canoeing. The Green Lake Small Craft Center was dedicated on September 27, 1980.

Adult rowing was first offered to the public in the fall of 1984 and has since grown to be a large and stable portion of the program.


Two separate advisory councils support the programs at the Green Lake Small Craft Center: the largest is the Rowing Advisory Council, responsible for the rowing and sailing portion of the program; and a public club sponsored by the Department which is the Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club.

The Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club is a public canoe and kayak club offering paddling opportunities for the general public on Green Lake. This volunteer club, working with the Department, offers classes and special events.

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Updated March 16, 2016


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Green Lake Crew
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Every Seattle Parks and Recreation participant must successfully pass a float test prior to the first water session of a small craft class. The float test is valid for three years. Float tests may be taken at any swimming pool (or beach) while under the supervision of a lifeguard certified by the American Red Cross.

Identification is required. You must float, tread water, or swim in place for ten minutes, in deep water while wearing long pants and a long sleeved shirt. In the final minute of the test you must put on a life vest while continuing to tread water.

Please call the pool ahead of time to arrange your float test.

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