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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213
+1 206-780-2500
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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 close and the water rises or falls to the level of the destination waterway.  Watching boats pass through the locks, exploring the 7 acres of botanical gardens and looking for fish on the fish ladder is fun and free entertainment that draws locals and tourists alike.
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3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213
+1 206-780-2500
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I am a Seattle native and this is one of the places I always show to visitors. The locks themselves are fascinating, as is the Visitor’s Center. The park is lovely, and best part- it is all free! Of course, Ballard, where the Locks are...More

Thank Shelly H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Not many places in the world where you can see a functioning lock system up close. The museum and fish ladder make it even more unique. Note, some parts of the year are better than others for the fish ladder.

Thank Steve K
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Hiram M Chittenden Locks (sometimes called the Ballard Locks) are a set of locks on the west end of Salmon Bay in Seattle. The locks were built about 1915 and are located six miles northwest of downtown Seattle in the trendy Ballard neighborhood. There...More

Thank rockyjoe
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Originally visited in August when all sorts of salmon were running . This winter experience was more serene in the solitude of the Seattle drizzle. Walked the gardens without having to step over pick nicking crowds. Saw the large lock fill in with two boats...More

Thank Rodolfo E
Reviewed 6 days ago

We went through the locks on our Argosy cruise. They're big locks and we heard about how and when they were built. They take you from one side to the other. Not sure what else to say. May be more interesting if you've never experienced...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked from the Troll to Rays and this was our favorite stop. The commingling of ships and boats was amazing. Watching the kids around the locks was entertaining.

Thank BAM73
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family visited Ballard locks during winter. Luckily it was not rainy but still chilly. Watching boats passing the locks was impressive. The Fish ladder and botanical gardens were along with the locks and all were free. Only parking fee was needed.

Thank hwang123
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very experience and worth a side trip. We saw several pleasure boats pass through the locks. Saw trout and other fish navigating the locks and met some awesome people.

Thank Rick U
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had heard about the sophisticated system of waterways and locks of Seattle. I was passing by anyways so I decided to make a brief stop and see it for myself what it was like. It so happened that a leisure boat was waiting to...More

Thank ShiningSchnee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is worth to go and see how the canal works. When I went last month, there is nothing to see about fish ladder because of not the season. Go around summer!

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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
28 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