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Race Viewing

Montlake Cut Race Viewing

Montlake Cut Canoe HouseThe Montlake Cut has been the Huskies‘ home course since 1960, and is considered one of the most iconic in collegiate rowing.

Anywhere along the Cut provides excellent viewing of the races, but here are three areas that are popular with our fans.

  • Finish Line. The finish line is located on the northwest side of the Montlake Cut behind the UW Medical Center. It can be accessed through the walkway along the Cut.
  • Montlake Bridge.  Generally packed for major races, viewing from atop the Montlake Bridge providing views eastbound to the start and westbound to the finish. For the Windermere Cup this bridge is closed to automobile traffic, but at all other races it is not, and spectators need to be especially aware of traffic on this busy thoroughfare. There are stairs down to the Cut on both ends of the bridge: stairs on the east side (on the south end of the bridge) and on the west side (at the north end).
  • Canoe House. Located on the northeast of the Cut (above right in photo), this is the old Navy hangar that served as our shellhouse from 1920 to 1949. The 1923 IRA champions, the ’36 guys, the ’48 guys – all called this home. So for the old-timers, or for those who enjoy the past with the present, this is a good place to watch.  Also, at about 600 meters left in the race and at the entrance to the Cut, things get a little wild in here.