Ballard (Hiram M. Chittenden) Locks
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Check out boats go through the historic locks or watch the salmon on the fish ladder.
A boat lock system with an underwater view of a fish ladder. A hot spot for mating blue herons and on the way to the beach at Golden Gardens.
Watch the salmon climb the ladder. Watch the boats go from fresh water out to the sound. It’s amazing and one of the oldest parts of Seattle.
See boats enter/ leave Lake Washington or Lake Union via the locks; watch fish travel up the fish ladder in spawning season; picnic on grassy terraces with a view of the locks; walk the gardens; discover the heron rookery!
An engineering marvel, a botanic garden, and salmon gymnastics all in one place?! You bet. Wander through the lovely gardens, watch the boats and ships as they are raised and lowered via the changing water levels of the locks, and be amazed during spawning season as the salmon muscle their way back…
Great visit for a first-time visitors. During certain times of the year, you can see salmons migrating via artificial fish ladder.
Visit during Summer and on weekends. It’s free. The locks will have boats line up and water level will go down and up like an elevator for boats.
Ballard locks link the Puget Sound with Lake Union and Lake Washington. Boats as large as 760 feet in length and as small as a kayak can travel through the locks. The locks are also a critical link for salmon and steelhead heading upstream to spawn. A fish ladder with 21 steps or “weirs” allows…
A unique Seattle experience—watching boats transfer between the Sound and the ship canal. Plus you can often catch sights of seals and migrating fish.
Cool to see how the locks work, especially for kids. Worth a visit if you’re planning to be nearby. Free.
This is actually a place many Ballard-ites take for granted, but it's really cool! It's a gorgeous, arboretum style park as well, with a salmon fish ladder this is packed with salmon in July and August. The locks are how boats go from the Lake Washington and Lake Union out to The Sound without…
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