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Lake Leland

All members needs to read this document before filling out  the membership form 

Members have the option to row on Lake Leland in Quilcene without a launch driver. We are guests of private property owners who are generous enough to let us use their waterfront to launch/stow several boats so please be respectful.

All guests must have a signed copy of Lake Leland Assumption of Risk and Release 


Club boats include

  • Alden Star (single)
  • Kaschper double)
  • Quad (Winter only)
  • Maas 24 single for experienced rowers with permission of John Collins (Owner)


  • The lake runs North South and is one mile long and 300+ feet at its widest
  • It is shaped like a figure 8 with a narrow cut connecting North and South areas.
  • The mean depth is 13 feet, with a maximum depth of 20 feet.


  • There are snags, deadheads anchored underwater, particularly along the shoreline
  • Also watch for floating logs and debris, particularly after heavy rains.
  • While waves are not as threatening as in PT Bay, winds can pick up without warning
  • In Winter, portions of the lake can freeze over for days or weeks.Freshwater gets colder than saltwater and freezes sooner.
  • Be aware that hypothermia is a serious risk in Winter if you end up in the water.
  • US rowing recommendations for safe temperatures are a combination of 50 degrees air and 40 degrees water
  • In Summer Toxic algae blooms have been documented. Check here for water quality

The following safety guidelines must be followed when rowing on the lake

  • Club boats at the lake can be rowed without a safety launch. However,rowers are responsible for their own safety on the water.
  • Rowers must wear or carry a PFD; cell phone; whistle in event of unexpected fog or as an audible signal of distress; and a bailer.
  • Novice rowers must be accompanied by an experienced rower/bow coxswain for initial row on the lake, and for subsequent rows until familiar with the lake and proficient coxing a single or the double.
  • All rowers are encouraged to go with at least one other rower as a buddy system, especially for winter rowing. It is advisable to have at least two boats on the water so a second boat could call for help.
  • Do not row if: portions of the lake are iced over; fog and poor visibility; high winds (>12 mph) or whitecaps; thunder and lightening; or very cold temperatures.
  • Report any malfunction or damage to RIRSC boats or equipment to the RIRSC board.
  • Before taking out a single in Winter months, rowers should have demonstrated ability to get back in the shell when the boat is completely upside down. A flip test must be supervised by a member of the safety committee 

We share the lake with fishermen, canoers, other club rowers and kayakers as well as people and dogs swimming in the lake. Not all of them will follow the rules of the road but you should. Yield in all cases and do not assume you have right of way.

  • Oncoming boats should pass Port-to-Port. (think of navigating the lake counterclockwise)
  • Passing The boat being overtaken has right of way. The onus is on the overtaking boat to avoid a collision
  • Regardless of who has right of way, you are responsible for your vessel.
  • Be aware that as rowers, we’re all facing backward. If you need to cross someone’s bow – make it known to the rower underway and give them time to way enough or alter course.

As guests of the residents who allow the club to store oars and boats, and launch from their shore, be respectful of privacy and careful of their property.

  • Read  Lake Leland Directions for where to park, etc. (password required)
  • Parking closer to the 101 road is less intrusive than parking next to their front door
  • Keep voices down around the house/garage area and save conversation for the parking area or the waterfront
  • There are restrooms at the state park down Leland Road.
  • Store all boats and oars after row as you found them, including boat covers and oar storage.