Head of the Lake

  • Hosted By: Lake Washington Rowing Club
  • 2016 Registered Regatta

Download a detailed color map of warm up, race course, buoys and other landmarks (129 KB)


This year's HOTL 3-mile head race returns to its classic course. From the start in Lake Union along "boathouse row" with Seattle's iconic Space Needle in view, rowers wind beneath the University Bridge into Portage Bay and through the Montlake Cut to Lake Washington where the course takes an exciting turn back toward Husky Stadium to the finish line near the entrance to Conibear Shellhouse at the University of Washington.

A shortened course is planned if inclement weather dictates.


The race can be viewed from the shore along most of its length. Best viewing spots are:
--The start near Lake Union Crew and the Pocock Rowing Center.

--Along the Montlake Cut and on the University and Montlake bridges.