Rowing Safety

Water Condition Resources

Provided by the United States Geological Survey:
Willamette River Flow (cfs), Gauge Height (feet), Speed (feet per sec), and Temperature

Provided by the US National Weather Service:
Willamette River Gauge Height Predictions


Station L River Rules



  • When rowing in pre-dawn darkness, shells must be lit on both ends. A lit coaching launch must be supervising.
  • Darkness is defined as more than 30 minutes prior to sunrise. After sunset, the same rules apply. Boats may not be on the water more than 30 minutes after sunset.


  • No rowing in dense fog conditions.
  • Dense fog is when the Tilikum Bridge is not visible from the launching dock.
  • If on the water when fog develops, return to the dock along the shoreline.


  • Do not launch during a lightning storm
  • If on the water when lightning starts, return to the dock immediately or take cover on shore!

Water Conditions

  • Rowers should NOT launch in the following situations without coach approval:
    • Visible whitecaps
    • Current speed above 3.0 fps
    • Flow above 100k CFS
    • Excessive debris flow

Single (1x) Safety

  • The club singles may NOT be rowed without a coach present under the following conditions:
    • Water Temp under 10C or 50F
    • Stream Discharge over 50,000 cubic feet per second
    • Speed over 2.5 fps