Guano Rocks...

Boats massed at the start of the race

Boat Race?

Yes! The Guano Rocks Boat Race has been a WRPC early fall tradition for more than twenty years. It's open to all kinds of human-powered boats, and has seen 8+ sweep rowing shells, standup paddle boards, and everything in between.

Beginning in 2015, the race gained recognition by Sound Rowers, and in its first sanctioned year attracted 41 racers from 18 cities as distant as Seattle, Bellingham, and Spokane.

Starting from just north of the boat ramp at beautiful Lincoln Rock State Park, the course skirts Turtle Rock Island on the east, then north another 1.1 miles to make the turn around the well-fertilized but otherwise barren outcrops known as the Guano Rocks. From there, it's a current-assisted 2.7 miles back, skirting Turtle Rock on its western shore to the finish line near the boat ramp.

Come join the fun! Ribbons are awarded to the top three finishers in each boat class, and delicious BBQ lunches are provided at a reasonable price. For details click here or visit Sound Rowers.

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Beginner Rowing an 8+

Want to Learn to Row?

Building on the success of our 2016 Learn to Row Day, the 2016 Masters Crew invites all adults with an interest in sweep rowing to join us on Saturdays from 7:00 - 9:00 am. No experience required.

Saturday practices are designed with teaching in mind. Come up to 3 times for free and try it out. After 3 practices, we will ask you to make a decision whether or not to join the Masters Crew program.

We are a competitive sports team and travel to regattas in spring, late summer and into fall. Please check our club calendar to make sure we are in town before you arrive on a Saturday.

The Masters Rowing Season runs from March - early November. Practices are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 am.

For more info or if you have questions about our team, contact Coach David Bentsen at or Coach Trista Welsh-Becker at

We hope to see you there!


Group of kayakers in a backwater

Kayaks, Surf Skis, Canoes
and Stand-up Paddle Boards

Two informal kayaking groups paddle on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings. The Tuesday Morning group paddles year 'round, with start times varying with the season, and is open to those with intermediate or higher skill level. The Wednesday Evening group is open to all skill levels, including beginners, but due to seasonal daylight limitations, runs only from mid-April through mid-September.

If you are a beginner, or have never paddled before please contact Yvette Matson at for more information. Kim George will gladly tell you more about the Tuesday paddle group. Email Kim at

Getting out on the Columbia River provides amazing views of not only the Cascade Mountains and foothills but also of the metropolitan area. Wildlife is frequently spotted on the shorelines, including in the habitat-rich Horan Wildlife Area adjacent to the Columbia's confluence with the Wenatchee River.

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