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Row down the Duwamish?

Tom Kreyche
 

Anybody know how far up the Duwamish you can start rowing? One of these fall weekends I'd plan to organize an informal row down to Salty's on Alki or so, and a car shuffle.

 

Yes I know there is the Duwamish Rowing Club in South Park but I'm not sure I trust their judgement since their web site says "Rowing is meant to take place on calm water."

 

Thanks, Tom

vadimk111
 

At least 20 miles. Paddling-wise, anyway, but I don't remember terribly narrow spots, so you should be fine in a shell. There is one problematic spot about 5 mi up the river, give or take a mile or two - at low tide it is a class 2 rapid, a non-issue at high tide.

It is not the most scenic paddle, though, blackberry covered levees on both sides, gets pretty repetitive after a few miles.



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Anybody know how far up the Duwamish you can start rowing? One of these fall weekends I'd plan to organize an informal row down to Salty's on Alki or so, and a car shuffle.

 

Yes I know there is the Duwamish Rowing Club in South Park but I'm not sure I trust their judgement since their web site says "Rowing is meant to take place on calm water."

 

Thanks, Tom

debbie natelson
 

Not sure if you're rowing under the west seattle bridge, but be cautious.  I tried rowing there years ago with Erik Wermus. He zipped off in his surfski, I was with him.... that is until we got to the narrow wood pilings under old section of the low bridge -- not designed with rowing passage in mind.  I got stuck!  I tried going at angles; tucking my oars in & gliding, but to no avail (too wide an expanse for that trick).   So -- just be cautious.  I forgot where we put in and out.  I emailed him to refresh my memory and will report back - if I hear back.
 
Good luck. Wish I could join you,
Debbie

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At least 20 miles. Paddling-wise, anyway, but I don't remember terribly narrow spots, so you should be fine in a shell. There is one problematic spot about 5 mi up the river, give or take a mile or two - at low tide it is a class 2 rapid, a non-issue at high tide.

It is not the most scenic paddle, though, blackberry covered levees on both sides, gets pretty repetitive after a few miles.
From: tkreyche@...To: SoundRowers@...Sent: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 4:46:47 PMSubject: [SoundRowers] Row down the Duwamish?  
Anybody know how far up the Duwamish you can start rowing? One of these fall weekends I'd plan to organize an informal row down to Salty's on Alki or so, and a car shuffle.
 
Yes I know there is the Duwamish Rowing Club in South Park but I'm not sure I trust their judgement since their web site says "Rowing is meant to take place on calm water."
 
Thanks, Tom