Green Lake Small Craft Center is located at the southwest "corner" of Green Lake in North Seattle. 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:

  • Frostbite Regatta in November
  • Green Lake Spring Regatta in April
  • Summer Rowing Extravaganza in August

All draw competitors from throughout the Northwest! The RAC raises funds with each of these events through entry fees and concessions. 

Rowing classes and programs include youth and adult programs in both sweep rowing and in sculling. Sailing programs include children, youth, and adult programs in Toppers Canoe and Kayak. For more information about our classes, programs, events, and happenings, visit the Green Lake Crew website

RFQ: Green Lake Small Craft Center Redevelopment

In 2017, in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR), the Green Lake Rowing Advisory Council completed an architectural feasibility study. The community-initiated study, funded by the Major Projects Challenge Fund, will be the basis for the consultant design services solicited in this RFQ.  The consultant team will work with SPR and the public to design the improvements, continue the public outreach and secure all necessary local, State and Federal permits and approvals. The full RFQ information package and required submittal contents are available online at the City website: http://consultants.seattle.gov. The Deadline for submittals is 5:00 PM PST on February 23, 2018. This initial design phase of the project is funded through the Neighborhood Matching Fund. The goal is to complete the concept design phase of the redevelopment project with permits and construction bid documents in hand by May 2019. Currently, the project is only funded through schematic design; funding is not yet identified for construction.

Visit our project page for background and additional information

Float Test

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 lifeguarded 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.

Download the Float Test Form