ACCESS: Just a few short paddle strokes from the parking lot of the
Museum of History and
Industry. Also accessible from the University of Washington's Waterfront Activity
To reach the museum parking lot:
From Interstate 5 take State Route 520 (exit 168B); Exit at Montlake
Boulevard; Go through stoplight one block to 24th Avenue East. Turn left
into the Museum of History and Industry driveway. Follow road to parking
From westbound State Route 520, take the Lake Washington
Boulevard exit; take a right on Lake Washington Boulevard; and turn right
on 24th Avenue East into the Museum of History and Industry parking
It isn't whitewater, but it's a popular training site with the Seattle area
slalom crowd. This is the place to go for your flatwater gate work within the
city. You'll find approximately 25 gates suspended from the west end of
the SR 520 bridge in a corner of the lake near the University of
Washington Arboretum. It's also the site of the Arboretum Classic held in
February, an informal race organized by the League of Northwest Whitewater
Racers to kick off the annual slalom racing season.
This slalom course no longer exists. It was removed in 2016 to make room for construction of the new State highway 520 floating bridge. There is currently no suitable site or plans to replace the gates at this location at this time that I'm aware of.
See http://www.nwwhitewater.org/training.htm for other slalom training sites in the area
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