The Montlake Cut has been the Huskies‘ home course since 1960, and is considered one of the most iconic in collegiate rowing.
The 2,000-meter sprint begins from a floating start parallel to the 520 Bridge near Webster Point in Lake Washington and runs east to west through the Montlake Cut and to the finish line near the mouth of Portage Bay in Lake Union.
Fans line both sides of the Cut and the overhanging Montlake Bridge, creating an atmosphere akin to rowing through a stadium.
In addition, the south side of the Cut has a walkway that runs 500 meters to the finish. Lane 1 is nearest to this side, and the finish line flag is here as well. The downside is room is limited, as the Cut in some places is fairly steep and, as opposed to the north side which is UW property, the south side abuts private property (which is fairly well marked). Towards the finish line it opens up more, and the sloping grass provides excellent viewing points.
On race days, the best option is to pay to park in Lot E1 and walk south to Conibear Shellhouse (<1/4 mile) and the Montlake Cut race course (>1/4 mile). There are a limited number of metered parking spots closer to the shellhouse behind the IMA.
See map below and visit GoHuskies for parking fees and more information.
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