River Flow Pattern

This map shows the usual flow pattern that should be followed whenever rowing on the Red River. WRC’s dock is show near the top of the map on the east bank of the Red River. If you plan on traveling south on the Red River (upstream), when launching from the dock you must cross immediately over to the west bank of the river, after having checking for traffic coming downstream. Traffic heading upstream should remain closer to the west bank of the Red River.


As you pass under the various bridges found on our waterway, you must take care to ensure you are passing through the correct bridge arches so that you maintain a proper course on the river for the direction of travel, but also so that you minimize the risk of damage to your shell.  The three main bridges we encounter on a daily basis are: Norwood Bridge, St. Vital Bridge, BDI Bridge.

Norwood Bridge

Closest bridge to the club’s dock, this bridge has 5 arches; the outer 2 arches should be avoided as there may be rocks and other debris close enough to the surface that it may damage a shell.  The center arch should also be avoided to avoid confusion and potential collision with another shell, and allow an area for powered boats to cross.  Use the second arch from the shoreline you are following in order to cross.

St. Vital Bridge

This bridge has 4 arches.  Similar to the Norwood Bridge, the outer 2 arches should be avoided due to the risk of damaging equipment by hitting rocks that are close to the surface.  Use the second arch from the shoreline you are following in order to cross.

BDI Bridge

The BDI Bridge (aka: Elm Park Bridge) is an old swing-style bridge which has a large central support pile on which the bridge was once able to rotate.  This central support is protected by an breaker located 35 m immediately upstream of the central support.  When crossing under this bridge going upstream, avoid going through the opening between the west bank and that central support, but rather taking the center opening (of the 3 openings), making sure to pick a course that will avoid going in the area of the ice breaker (which may be submerged if the water level is high).  During periods of high current flow, you will notice an area of turbulent water that can play havoc with your shell’s course and balance.  Be prepared to make quick corrections.  When passing downstream, take the opening closest to the east bank, making sure to pass closer to the bridge’s support in order to stay away from the rocks on the east bank.

Landmarks (with approx. distances from club):

Old Club Dock: 500 m
Marina: 1,750 m
Paddler’s Dock: 2,000 m
Brown Apartments: 3,000 m
Fire Hall: 3,750 m
St. Vital Bridge: 5,000 m
BDI Bridge: 6,000 m

Rowing Hazards:

During early spring and late fall when the water levels are often low, or debris is traveling downstream, you must be especially careful to avoid deadheads and other obstacles lying near or slightly below the surface of the water.  An example of such a hazard is the dock area at the Marina (Redboine Boat Club).  If the docks at the Marina have not yet been set in the water, make sure to stay clear of the area as there are piles permanently placed in the water that may be submerged below the surface.  These piles pose a serious threat to the hull of a racing shell, and should be avoided.