Traffic Pattern Maps
Overall Traffic Pattern
: The map below shows the traffic pattern from the Patapsco Middle Branch Basin to the Baltimore Inner Harbor for all crews. All rowers and coxswains must be sure they know this pattern accurately. Please note the areas of “high traffic” as well as the areas of “safe refuge” as noted on the maps
Middle Branch of the Patapsco Basin: This is our the body of water we refer to as the “Basin.” Most of our rowing is here, so be be sure that you know this counter-clockwise pattern.
Ferry Bar to Ft. McHenry:
From Ferry Bar, put the Harbor Hospital on your stern and head for Lehigh Cement. Once at Ft. McHenry, follow the return track shown. Watch out for other rowers, buoys and cans, and wakes from ships.
Ft. McHenry to Baltimore's Inner Harbor:
There is a lot of commercial and pleasure boat traffic in the approach to the harbor. It's a fascinating row with great scenery, and this pattern is the safest route.
From the dock to the entrance for the Patapsco River for approximately 3500m
When the wind is moderate, but too strong for the normal pattern, rowing close to the protected shore will afford calmer water. Notice that the north shore and south shore windy day patterns are clockwise so that boats will not collide with others using the standard patterns. When the wind is strong and high, BCR alters crews traffic patters so that accidents do not happen. It is the responsibility of rowers and coxswains to be aware of and use the traffic pattern above when the weather deems it necessary.