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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

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The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (locally known as the Ballard Locks) is a waterway system that connects the saltwater of the Puget Sound to the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which sits about 20 feet above sea level. Boats enter the locks, the gates...more
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3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213
+1 206-780-2500
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a great piece of Seattle's history. Be sure to visit the museum to see how the locks changed the lakes. While we were visiting, the large lock was closed for cleaning and seasonal maintenance. We could see how big and deep the lock...More

1  Thank Rocks_road
Reviewed 1 week ago

How often do you get to see a canal lock in action? All the time at the Ballard Locks. It blows my mind to see the kind of huge public works project that our country has been able to pull off over the years. The...More

1  Thank LowCarbZone
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice park to see working locks and a fish ladder. Down by the waterfront and worthwhile if you like anything to do with the sea.

1  Thank Tom M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on an evening that was fan appreciation night. Had great seats in the terrace club level. Really nice friendly staff and a really good clean stadium. Enjoyed the game too! The fireworks at the end were good too. As visitors and for a...More

Thank FizzChick
Reviewed 1 week ago

Watch the boats lower and rise and the fish swim through them via the viewing window on the South Side. Go to the Red Mill Totem Burgers with Fish and Chips afterwards on the North side.

Thank KeithGormezano
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a cool and unique place to check out while in Seattle. We visited on a Tuesday morning in November and saw a little bit of everything: seals, sea lions, blue herons, salmon swimming upstream, and a boat going through the lock! I've heard...More

1  Thank MTrav
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love walking through the grounds, seeing the salmon ladder and watching the boats go through. There isn't a bad day to wander about. It is quintessential PNW. The restrooms are a plus too when out on a walk. The crowds can get overwhelming when...More

1  Thank KaritaBN
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun to go watch the ships move in and out of the locks. Good way to spend an couple of hours. Some might find it boring, but I loved it.

Thank chipworkman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Locks are one of the highlights of any trip to Seattle. A quick Uber/Lyft ride. On the South side you can view the fish ladder and during August especially there are many Salmon migrating home to spawn. It's remarkable. Every Sunday from 2-4 throughout...More

Thank Diana S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a Sunday in October and sadly missed the salmon run, when they climb the "ladder" upstream. This is viewable from a subterranean area, which is easy to reach. Watching the ships come in and the locks operate is fun and educational for...More

1  Thank Jennifer S
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ger w
11 May 2017|
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Response from Brodethedog | Property representative |
Check out the website and social media links at bottom of site for detailed information. There is a Questions tab which will answer most everything. The salmon season is short, from June through Sept. There is a YouTube... More
11 September 2016|
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Response from SeaTraveller2015 | Reviewed this property |
What's the question? Jeff C."s response to Pamela M was rather snotty. Whatever the question or comments made by Pamela M., Jeff C. owed her more respect than his comment suggested. Jeff...you don't know everything about... More
Karen W
29 August 2016|
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Response from Brodethedog | Property representative |
Mid day to late for pleasure boat traffic. Salmon at high tide, you'll have to check tide tables. Commercial boats, pretty much pot luck... Recommend tours